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Rio Tinto unveils The Diavik Foxfire - a 187.7 carat diamond
The rough diamond is one of the largest diamonds ever discovered in Canada
By: Diamond World News Service
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Dec 2 2015 8:34PM
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Rio Tinto unveiled a 187.7 carat gem-quality rough diamond, one of the largest diamonds ever discovered in Canada and known as The Diavik Foxfire. This huge stone was showcased during an exclusive preview at Kensington Palace in London.

Rio Tinto Diamonds managing director Jean-Marc Lieberherr said “We are delighted to showcase this exceptional, two billion-year-old Canadian diamond. Its ancient beginnings, together with the fortitude, finesse and innovative technology required to unearth a diamond in the challenging sub-arctic environment, make it a true miracle of nature.” The diamond was discovered at the Diavik Diamond Mine in the remote Northwest Territories of Canada, 220km south of the Arctic Circle.

The Diavik Foxfire has also been bestowed an indigenous name, Noi?eh Kwe which references the strong ties to the land and its legacy. Grand Chief Edward Erasmus from the Tlicho government said “I am very pleased that this has been named to honour the area of the caribou crossing, as this has been important to the Tlicho since time immemorial.” Local communities have been widely consulted about the operation and impact of the Diavik mine, with this engagement leading to considerable employment, training and capacity building opportunities.

Diavik Diamond Mines president and chief operating Marc Cameron said “In a landscape so pristine and precious to traditional lifestyles, we have seen and continue to see an inspired collaboration between local indigenous people and a modern mining company.”

The Diavik Foxfire will be showcased in London before returning to Antwerp for careful assessment and planning for the next stage of its journey. It is likely to yield at least one very large polished diamond with, its ultimate destiny in an exclusive heirloom piece of jewellery.

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