Monday, June 22, 2009

Diamonds Retailers Club

The Government of the Northwest Territories, together with its partners, supports and promotes a Retailers Club for approved retailers of diamonds certified under its Diamond Certification Program.

The Retailers’ Club provides its membership with exclusive opportunities, tools and products as well as information designed to support the marketing and promotion of a GOVERNMENT CERTIFIED CANADIAN DIAMOND™.

To secure membership, jewelers and diamond professionals must demonstrate the ability and knowledge to provide clients with timely and accurate information about the Northwest Territories, its diamonds and the Government Certification Program.

Qualifying members receive a certificate of designation signed by the Premier of the Northwest Territories.

The Government of the Northwest Territories Diamond Certification Program is the world's first of its kind to monitor diamonds from mine to market.

Thanks to the stringent monitor system, the Government is able to guarantee that a CANADIAN DIAMOND™ is 100% Canadian in origin – and was mined cut and polished in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

The Diamond Certification Program is administered by the Minerals, Oil and Gas Division of Industry, Tourism and Investment.

This division also oversees agreements on rough diamond supply, and monitors the production of approved NWT manufacturers.

Factories participating in the GNWT’s Diamond Certification Program are required to keep detailed records on each stone and to submit reports of purchases and processing of individual stones at key stages in the manufacturing process. The program includes factory compliance audits and inspections to examine the diamonds and review the records.

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