Not to argue with James but I know that smalls are made in Canada
and they aren’t particularly difficult to find. Yes there are
overseas cutters consigned to make Canadian mined stones but I was
told Israel and Antwerp are the most popular.
The biggest problem with smalls is the cost of provenance. The
popularity of the ‘Government Certified Canadian Diamond’ is the
assurance that it is mined and polished in Canada. This diamond
comes with a certificate and booklet and a laser inscribed serial
number on the girdle.
As you already know a GIA report and laser inscription is only
practical if the price you can get for the stone warrants increasing
your costs by a few hundred dollars. Now for the government
equivalent of that simply multiply those costs by whatever
efficiency factor that you think a government institution is capable
of. To make things easy, simple and convenient…for the government,
before it can leave the site, and in order for the stone to be
officially certified it has to be examined, numbered and most
importantly, all fees paid.
How much is someone willing to pay for a 6 pointer? Nowhere near as
much as a cert would cost I’ll bet.
Beautiful British Columbia