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Diamond company plans to polish NWT tourism

Published by Steve Coleman on August 17, 2011

Crossworks Manufacturing Ltd wants to give visitors to the Northwest Territories a look at how diamonds get their dazzle.

The Yellowknife company plans to open a "diamond promotion centre" that includes displays showing customers how diamonds go from rough rock to finished stone.

Crossworks plans to spend $300,000 renovating the site next to its diamond polishing plant in Yellowknife.

Part of the display will include displays from the NWT's three diamond mines, BHP Billiton's Ekati mine, De Beers' Snap Lake mine and Rio Tinto's Diavik mine. The tourist attraction will also include a theatre and a diamond boutique.

The company says it doesn't plan to keep many diamonds at the centre, but it will run diamond polishing demonstrations for the public.

In addition to the Yellowknife diamond polishing operation that first opened for business in August 2008, the company also has shops in Vancouver and Sudbury, Ont.

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