From the depths of over 150 kilometres beneath Canada’s North West Territories, a shiny 2.58ct diamond was born to the Ekati Mine. Fast forward, the diamond now sits pretty as a 1.08ct cushion cut in a romantic hand fabricated yellow gold ring made by our friend and client, Elana Ginsberg of K&Co Bespoke.
We know we have many fans inside and out of the industry, which is why we are thrilled to bring our roster of integrated stockists to your attention through this blog series. Anybody can easily get their hands on Misfit gemstones - if you're a consumer, here is how; just navigate over to our retail page and scroll through a selection of jewelry designers across the globe. All of these vendors have a collection of our stones available on their own websites accompanied by pricing information.
We know it is obvious, but for those who haven’t caught on, our name comes from a celebration of diamonds that don’t fall into the regular grading system. These Misfit diamonds are stones with spice, individuality, and character. They are anything but typical, making them an excellent alternative diamond choice for the bride who likes to challenge traditional norms.
Inclusions in diamonds are one of the ways we set them apart. Although purer diamonds have traditionally been considered of higher value, there is almost a generic element to consider since they all look relatively the same to the naked eye. No magnification is required to appreciate Mother Nature’s artistry in these alternative diamonds, and their individuality is easily recognizable. The spectrum of variation that rustic diamonds offer provides mystery and fascination to gem geeks and casual consumers alike.
Misfit’s Australian sapphires come from Capricorn and Great Northern Mining, in the highlands of Central Queensland. Operations are owned and overseen by FURA Gems, an ethical gemstone mining enterprise. The rough parcels (or lots) of FURA gemstones come with a certificate of origin, enabling us to stay in line with our principle of industry transparency. Ethical sapphire mining practices are also regulated by the government, requiring a license to mine, setting standards for health and safety, controlling crime and corruption, and restoring the environment.
The Gahcho Kué diamond mine is a joint venture between Mountain Province Diamonds, which owns 49% of the project, and De Beers Canada, which holds a 51% interest and is the mine’s operator.
Before the discovery of sapphire, Montana was already known for mining gold, silver, and copper. So imagine living in the 1860s, and while mining for gold, somewhat unexpectedly, a whole other jackpot, the discovery of sapphire, was made. This true story happened along the Missouri River. Initially the watchmaking industry capitalized on the availability of this very valuable gemstone supply, however the introduction of synthetic sapphires in the 1940s saved the integrity of these mines. Nowadays, finer Sapphire rough is sold to and sought after by jewellers, gem dealers, and hobbyists the world over.
The journey to the first Canadian diamond discovery almost reads as fiction, but is in fact a true story of the underdog’s victory with close-call drama. Follow along for a history lesson on Canadian diamond mining, and learn how Canada has become a progressive leader in the industry.
Kao Mine is operated by Storm Mountain Diamonds Ltd (SMD) in the District of Botha Bothe. This is the fourth largest kimberlite pipe in Southern Africa - and the largest kimberlite pipe in Lesotho.
We love salt and pepper diamonds! These one of a kind beauties are what we specialize in here at Misfit Diamonds. Because of the unique characteristics of these stones it's often hard to describe just what type of color you may be searching for. To help answer the question “what color salt and pepper diamond are you looking for?” we've put together a color palette guide for the terminology we use around these stones here at Misfit.
with more online sales comes an increase in fraudulent transactions. Luckily there are ways to protect your business and prevent fraudulent online purchases. We've put together some tips to help keep your business safe while fulfilling all those online orders.
Portland, Oregon, USA is known as the Rose City. Like the use of rosecut diamonds in jewelry, Portland is considered a progressive city and is often viewed through a confused veil by those who don’t understand what it's all about. The city has deep roots in nurturing counterculture, perfect for misfits like us to set up our new US office! We’ve put together a selection of jewelers we love from Rose City along with pieces they have designed showcasing what we are known for representing most: rosecut diamonds.