Diamonds. Sunday , March 12th , 2017 - 11:00:01 AM
Canada's first diamond mine is the Ekati mine, which is 300 miles northeast of Yellowknife. It opened in 1998 and is primarily owned by the Australian mining conglomerate BHP Billiton, who own an 80% share. The minority share of 20% is owned by Charles Fipke and Stewart Blusson (10% each), who are the geologists who discovered the mines. It has yielded 40 million carats (8,000 kg/17,636 lbs.) out of six open pits, between 1998 and 2008.
The hardness of diamonds allows them to vibrate for a long time without being warped. This promotes the production of extremely clear and crisp audio.
In 1749, Louis XV, grandson of Louis XIV, the then king of France, ordered the crown jeweler to decorate the 'Order of the Golden Fleece' using the blue gemstone and ruby.
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