(Closed) Question for the Canadian Bees

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
934 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I don’t have a ton of experience with diamond shopping, and I think more experienced Canadian bees like GelaMac can be more help, but from what I have seen – no, the majority of diamonds sold here are not Canadian mined diamonds.

Canadian diamonds are much more expensive than “regular” diamonds, from what I have seen. 

Post # 4
9954 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Conflict Free / Canadian Diamonds are more expensive than other diamonds. 

This comes down to a couple of factors…

One is that they are all Certified Diamonds, Registered and Engraved with their respective Reg # and tracked. 

The other issues are because of WHERE these mines are.

They exist in our most northern reaches…

Around the James Bay area in the Province of Ontario (Northern Ontario) – In the Northwest Territories – and the territory of Nunavut

  • Diavik Diamond Mine – NWT
  • Ekati Diamond Mine – NWT
  • Gahcho Kue Diamond Mine Project – NWT
  • Jericho Diamond Mine – Nunavut
  • Snap Lake Diamond Mine – NWT
  • Victor Diamond Mine – Ontario

All of these mines have entries on Wikipedia, for example here is the link to the Snap Lake Diamond Mine, which was DeBeer’s first mine outside of Africa = http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snap_Lake_Diamond_Mine

Consequently, because of their remote locations, and the weather (-50 C anyone) there are issues with the Mines being accessible and therefore labour.

Other labour issues tie in to the fact that unlike African Mines, Canada is a First-World Country, so our workers are paid a fair (union dictated) wage… which is TONS more.

All this means that Conflict Free Canadian Diamonds tend to be a lot more expensive than the mass produced / traded Diamonds that are flooded into the marketplace in say chain Jewellery Stores

Also Canada is a lot like the US in many ways… so many of the retail companies that are in the US are also here in Canada.  Granted, often they’ll have another name that they do business other (example Zales in the US is the same company that is two of our biggest chain Jewellery Stores… Peoples / Mappins)

So if you visit a Jewellery Store in Canada, you’ll still find tons of other Diamonds, and maybe one large showcase that features Canadian Diamonds

I’d say the biggest difference here vs the Jewellery Stores that I’ve seen in the US is that we’ll have a greater number of Canadian Diamond Brand-names available in one store vs say having only one particular line

And a lot of the Independent or Family Run Jewellery Stores will usually have a greater number of Certified and / or Canadian Diamonds than I saw when I was in the US… most definitely the US Jewellery Market is dominated by a lot of the same BIG mall stores

Hope this helps,

EDIT TO ADD – I would also say that Canadian buying habits are slightly different than in the US.  In the US Customers are far more concerned about “getting a good deal” (pure capitalism) than here in Canada.  Although we still like a good deal for sure, we tend to go thru a different process in our heads over what constitutes value… value for Canadians doesn’t automatically mean the least expensive… Canadians are more often concerned with perceived value in regards to the calculation of Price vs Quality.  Add in the fact that we tend to also be a lot more environmentally / socially conscious on a whole, and that can also be perceived to be a more “responsible” purchase decider for us (somewhat in the short-term, definitely so in the long-term).  So yes, I’d say there is a bigger market here for Canadian Diamonds (not to mention that they are a “local” product). 


Post # 5
347 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I was beaten to the punch, but from what I have experienced, the stores always clearly identify the rings with the Canadian diamonds. They are significantly more expensive than the “other” diamonds, usually.

Post # 6
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

i started a new job today and my co workers husband went out and helped mine the diamonds himself with the jewler in jasper. Sounds extreme but worth it!!!

Post # 7
862 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Most of the diamonds I’m seeing in the local jewelry stores are certified Canadian diamonds.  I live in Newfoundland, Canada.

Post # 8
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Some stores we went to only sold Canadian Diamonds (eg: Birks).

But others (eg: Zales, Peoples, etc. etc.) had displays that were separate from their other diamonds.

Post # 9
4714 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

This Time Around beat me too it lol

Post # 10
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@bunnybunny:  Yeah, Peoples has a huge line of Canadian diamonds. Lots of other jewelers do as well, but Peoples is the main big chain where I am. They’re nice, but they’re sooo expensive.

Post # 11
1935 posts
Buzzing bee

I believe if it’s a Canadian diamond it will be marked as such. I believe canadian diamonds are usually in a case of their own seperate from the other diamond rings. If you’re at a place where you choose the diamond to put in the ring, the jeweller will def tell you which diamonds are canadian and which are not.

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