Forevermark Carat Club Achievers Visit the De Beers Victor Mine

Recently, the inaugural members of the 2016 Forevermark Carat Club embarked on an expedition to the De Beers Victor mine in Northern Ontario, Canada where they experienced the journey of a Forevermark diamond first-hand. Launched in 2015, the Forevermark Carat Club recognizes the top Forevermark sales ambassadors annually from across the United States. The 17 inaugural Carat Club members sold in excess of 20 carats of one-carat and above Forevermark diamonds in 2015, earning them a seat on the exclusive voyage to Ontario’s first diamond mine.

“We are delighted to honor our inaugural members of the Forevermark Carat Club with the opportunity to visit our Victor mine,” said Charles Stanley, President of Forevermark US. “Our core values of quality, integrity, and commitment to responsible sourcing begin at the mining level, the birthplace of a Forevermark diamond, and the world-class operation at Victor is a shining example.”

During the visit to Victor, Carat Club members received training on the mine’s rigorous safety standards, which recently earned it the prestigious John T. Ryan National Safety Award, Canada’s most celebrated award for mine safety. Following training, the group experienced the sheer magnitude of the effort that it takes to bring one of nature’s treasures to life as they toured the open-pit mine site and process plant where more than 5.6 million carats have been recovered since the mine opened in 2008. The tour ended with a viewing of some of Victor’s run-of-mine rough diamonds, which are among the finest quality diamonds produced by any mine in the world.

“I have been in this industry over 40 years, and as a gemologist, I know what goes into bringing the beauty of a diamond to life, but to experience it in person is truly awakening,” said Carat Club achiever Paul Minton, of B.C. Clark Jewelers in Oklahoma City, OK. “From the Forevermark standpoint, the enthusiasm is infectious. To visit Victor and see the passion that everyone has from the safety of their employees, to overall quality, integrity, and environmental standards provides a sense of pride and ownership in this magnificent process, which we will pass onto our staff and clientele in our stores.”

As part of De Beers’ commitment to sustainable development in local communities, approximately 35% of the employees at Victor, including De Beers and long-term service contractor employees, are from local First Nation communities. Ceremonial Shabatowans, or traditional teepees, were built on-site at Victor so Aboriginal employees can celebrate their heritage with traditional cultural ceremonies. Carat Club members also visited a site where the Victor mine environmental team recently planted saplings indigenous to the area, as part of Victor’s rehabilitation program following the mine’s eventual closure. These activities are examples of Forevermark’s commitment to the protection of nature and support of local communities as part of the De Beers Group of Companies.

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