WHERE DO DIAMONDS COME FROM?
Diamonds were first discovered and mined in India over 2,400 years ago. Over time, diamonds were found in many other areas around the world and today Africa, Russia, Australia, and Canada produce the most diamonds.
The world’s largest diamond mine to open for more than a decade opened in 2016.
The new 1200 hectare mine, Gahcho Kué, is located 280 km northeast of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories of Canada. It is a joint venture between De Beers Group, which owns 51 per cent, and Canadian diamond mining company Mountain Province Diamonds, which owns 49 per cent. The mine cost more than $1 billion
In February 2017 workers at the Gahcho Kue diamond mine discovered a 68-carat diamond, the largest gem in the mine's short history.
According to De Beers, the site is on track to reach full commercial operation in the first quarter of 2017 and is expected to produce about 54 million carats of rough diamonds over its expected 11 to 13-year lifetime.
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