Asked in JewelryMiningDiamonds
When purchasing a diamond is it possible to find out where the diamond was mined?
March 09, 2009 3:14PM
i think that it would depend on the jeweler. Possibly the country you are in as well. A friend of mine knows what country hers is from, I am unsure if she knows that exact mine. The jeweler told her the country and general area if was found If presented with an otherwise unidentified diamond, it is not possible to tell where it was mined from. There is a "Kimberley Process" that oversees the movement of rough diamonds, but once it is cut, it is difficult, if not impossible to trace it to its origin without knowing who cut it. If your jeweler knows what supplier they bought their diamond from, it may be possible to trace it back to the mine. Some wholesalers/cutters only buy from certain sources (e.g. Canadian mines) while others are vertically integrated from the mine to the wholesaler. If you are uncomfortable not knowing where your diamond came from (e.g. conflict diamonds), it is now possible to buy a lab-created diamond. These are identical to mined diamonds and the origin is guaranteed, since they come out of a machine rather than a mine.