At Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park, dad and daughter find 2.03 carat diamond - CNN.com

There are those who go to the Crater of Diamonds State Park, armed with shovels and buckets and kneepads and maps to spend the day meticulously digging for diamonds.
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And then there's Dan Frederick and his daughter Lauren, who less than an hour after setting foot in the park for the first time, found a 2.03 carat diamond just lying there, staring back at them.
 
Father-and-daughter-find-large-diamond-medium-plus-169The state park in Arkansas is the only diamond-producing site in the world where anyone can come look for the gems -- and keep whatever they spot.
 
But the Frederick find is pretty unusual.  For one thing, the diamonds are spread out over 37.5 acres of the park. The Fredericks found theirs last week just three feet in front of them.

"Dan Frederick has proven, once again, that it is possible to find large, beautiful diamonds while surface searching. This is an example of a diamond that all park visitors dream of taking home," said Park official Betty Coors.
 
The diamond is pearly white in color and shaped like a triangle. The Fredericks decided to name it "Lucky Diamond."   Exactly how much the diamond is worth depends on its clarity, cut, color and carat (the four 4Cs), but it's a safe bet it's worth much, much more than the $16 the Fredericks spent on admission.
 

 


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The classic graduated necklace can be custom made to your desired length and with the total carat weight and quality of diamonds to meet your requirements and budget.

 

DSCN4672smThe necklace has small diamonds starting in the back that get larger as they pass the neck and have the largest diamonds at the very front.

 

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DSCN4645smThe classic diamond tennis bracelet comes in many styles and can be custom made to different lengths, total carat weight, and quality of diamonds.  If you tell us what style you want and your budget, we can recommend options that best meet your requirements.
 
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RB 2.24 tcw-3smWe provide stunning round diamond earrings because we sell GIA graded diamonds with Excellent GIA cut grade.  It is the brilliance, fire and sparkle of diamond earrings that produces their beauty and sets them apart from the low quality, poorly cut diamond typically sold in jewelry stores.

For round diamond earring mountings, we recommend 14-karat white gold three-prong Martini style mountings with Versa posts and Guardian™ clutch backs.  We find these to be the best looking, most comfortable and most secure types of mounting and backs.

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Inside Russia’s Diamond Mines

 

Mirny diamond mineIn the far north-east of Russia, a whole town of people dedicates their working lives to finding diamonds. Russia is the world's largest producer of diamonds by volume and Mirny is its ‘diamond capital'. 

Mirny is so remote that the people here refer to the rest of Russia as ‘the mainland.'

Located in Russia's far northeast, 4,000 km from Moscow, the main route in and out is via aircraft. In winter, when temperatures can drop to below -50 degrees centigrade, ice roads appear allowing supplies to be brought in overland. 

The town itself is built around a giant hole in the ground. It is probably Mirny's most distinguishing feature. Diamonds were discovered here in the 1950s and as the diamond mine grew, so did the town around it. The city has primarily been financed from the proceeds of the quarry - which grew to be 1.2km wide and 525m deep.

It is a remote, inhospitable place. Until June this year there was still snow on the ground. "In Mirny, for ten months of the year, it is winter."

The attraction here is definitely not the climate or the location, but the higher wages which attract people from other Russian regions and former Soviet states.

Click here to read the entire article with photos and video of life at Russia's diamond mines.


The Most Expensive Hole in the World

Mir mine photoWith an expected value of £13billion (over $17 billion), this could be the most expensive hole in the world.

Dubbed 'Diamond City', Mir mine in eastern Siberia is so huge it creates a vortex potentially strong enough to suck helicopters into its depths.

At 1,722-feet-deep and with a diameter of nearly one mile, the crater makes it look like the nearby town of Mirny has been struck by a meteorite.

Check out the full article with other great photos and videos showing this exceptional diamond mine.

 




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Click here to check out all the diamonds, rings, and jewelry items on our Special Offers section.

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Colored Gemstone Jewelry

While we specialize in GIA graded diamonds, we also can supply some of the most beautiful colored gemstones in the country.  If you are looking for that special anniversary or birthday gift, think breathtaking color and beauty for your gift.
 
Like flowers, colored gemstones come in every color.  Both are produced in nature and evolve into something exquisite.  But, unlike flowers whose beauty fades with time, the beauty of colored gemstones is everlasting.
 
While ruby, sapphire and emerald are the best known colored gemstones, other gemstones like Tanzanite, spinel, garnet, tourmaline, and peridot can also provide exceptional beauty.
 
Here are some examples of beautiful colored gemstone rings we have provided clients and our designers can provide just about any style you want.
 
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We have many clients who purchased their engagement rings from us years ago who come back to us wanting an upgrade for their ring.  Often getting a larger diamond is just not economical in terms of making a noticeable change.  Changing the mounting style can provide a new look for those ready for a change.

RA 1.13 w .60 tcw Traps white 1.33 ratio - 1smFor example, in 2005 one of our clients purchased the three-stone diamond engagement ring pictured below.  The ring had a beautiful 1.13 carat radiant cut center diamond and brilliant-cut trapezoid side diamonds.

 

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This year they came back to looking for suggestions on how to update the look of the ring.  We suggested a new mounting with Blaze Cut diamonds on the shank and a modified basket style that accommodates a flush fitting wedding band.  They added a matching Blaze Cut diamond band for a great new look using their original radiant and trapezoid diamonds.

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De Beers' Gahcho Kue mine comes online, producing its first diamonds - North - CBC News

$1B mine on track to begin commercial production in 1st quarter of 2017

By Guy Quenneville, CBC News Posted: Aug 03, 2016 1:28 PM CTLast Updated: Aug 03, 2016 1:28 PM CT

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De Beers and Mountain Province Diamonds have started producing diamonds at their Gahcho Kue mine in the Northwest Territories.

While the mine isn't expected to reach a commercial level of production until the first quarter of 2017, Gahcho Kue has made the significant move from construction and commissioning to, as De Beers spokesperson Tom Ormsby put it, "actually putting some ore in the plant."

"Everything is now working," said Ormsby, adding that the $1-billion project remains on budget and slightly ahead of its timeline.

Production had long been expected to begin in late 2016.

2nd N.W.T. project for De Beers

Gahcho Kue, located 280 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife, is De Beers' second diamond mine in the N.W.T. after Snap Lake, and its third project in Canada. (The company also operates the Victor mine in Northern Ontario.)

The company shut down production at Snap Lake in December, laying off 434 workers. De Beers is now preparing to flood the mine's underground workings, unless it can find a buyer for that mine.

More than 100 former Snap Lake workers are now working at Gahcho Kue. At Snap Lake, around 75 workers continue to prepare the mine for flooding.

Ormsby was unsure whether more former Snap Lake workers could transition to the new mine.

He said that while Snap Lake was an underground mine, Gahcho Kue's three deposits will be mined in the more traditional (and technically less complicated) open-pit style, which requires a different (and not always transferable) set of skills.

Grand opening coming soon

Gahcho Kue is expected to have a steady workforce of around 500 people, said Ormsby.  

De Beers and Mountain Province — which owns a 49-per-cent stake in Gahcho Kue — plan to hold an official grand opening "in the next couple months," said Ormsby.

via www.cbc.ca