Diavik: The Diamond......with a story
For diamonds that outshine all others.
The discovery of diamonds in the Northern Territories of Canada in the 1990’s sparked the largest staking rush in world history. It was done the old-fashioned way–in person, with wooden stakes. Helicopter pilots would fly out in often freezing weather, sometimes just feet from the ground. Each stake had to be hammered by hand into the frozen snow and ice.
Companies both big and small vied for land, not knowing exactly which plots contained diamonds and which did not. In one frenzied and auspicious helicopter staking mission a group of small investors, led by Gren Thomas, staked out 50,000 acres under Lac de Gras.
No one at the time knew just how precious that claim would become.
Today, this claim has evolved to become the Diavik Diamond Mine, Canada’s largest diamond mine, a joint venture between Dominion Diamond Corporation and Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Group.
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