Dims: 0.24x0.20x0.16" (0.6x0.5x0.4cm)
Wt: 2.62ct (0.52g)
Ikati Mine, North West Territories, Canada
This diamond comes from Canada's first diamond mine, the Ikati Mine, about 300 km north of Yellowknife. The diamond appears gray with a hint of green in color, and has a typical (and excellent) surface pattern and texture. It appears to be a single octahedral crystal, somewhat distorted in that one "point" is really a ridge, and it is not symetrical. When examined closely (bright lights and a loupe), the clarity of the crystal is apparent. It looks nearly opaque at first glance, but that is entirely due to the surface pattern, luster, and color. It is actually very transparent and only slightly colored on the inside, although I was able to see a large black inclusion and a single internal fracture that reflects a rainbow of colors. Usually, diamonds this clear are cut (at least a trial facet) before the inclusions are found.