D I A M O N D S
Where Diamonds are Mined
Argye mine located in the Kimberley region in the far north east of
Western Australia. Owned by Rio Tinto, this mine is the world’s largest
single producer of volume of diamonds. However, due to low
proportion of gem quality diamonds it is not the value leader. It does
produce 90-95% of the world’s supply of pink diamonds.
Diavik is also owned by Rio Tinto, located in Canada it is a very large
mine. It is located north of Yellowknife and south of the Artic Circle on
an island. The island is connected by an ice road. It is also an
important part of the regions economy employing more than 700
people and producing more than 8 million carats annually.
Ekati diamond mine is owned by BHP Billiton and located south of the
artic circle in the Northwest Territories of Canada. The Ekati is
Canada’s first operational diamond mine. Diamonds mined here are
sold under the Aurias trade name Authenticity is verified through
Canada Mark service. CanadaMark service is also owned by BHP
Billiton Diamonds, Inc.
Baken diamond mine is located along the lower Orange River in South
Africa. It is owned and operated by Trans Hex. The average size stone
for 2004 was 1.29 carats. In 2004, this mine produced a 78.9 carat D
color flawless diamond that sold for more than 1.8 million dollars (US),
as well as a 27.67 pink diamond that was sold for over 1 million US
Merlin is the second of only two diamond mines in Australia. No longer
operating it was owned by Rio Tinto and sold to Striker Resources,
who has explored the possibilities of reopening the mine.
Orapa is the world’s largest diamond mine. It us located 240 Km west
of Francistown. The mine is owned by “Debswana” which is a
partnership between DeBeers and the government of Botswana. This
mine operates 7 days a week. It maintains pre primary and primary
schools for its employee’s children. There is also a 100 bed hospital
and game park. This mine began production in 1971 and is the olde