Four of the stones that appear natural are -0.212+0.150mm in size. One is light yellow, one is light green and two are white in colour. These are mostly partially crystalline chips and are clear with single tiny inclusions in two of the stones.
Seven of the stones thought to be natural are -0.150+0.106 mm in size. Five of these are clear white broken fragments, one is clear white with broken dodecahedral crystal faces and one is a light brown diamond fragment.
Fifty-two diamonds were recovered that are -0.106 mm in size. Seven are tiny clear white chips thought to be natural. The remaining forty-five stones are described as tiny, clear yellow chips, but the tiny size limits determining whether or not these are synthetic stones from the drill bits used to recover the tested core, or alternately chips from natural stone(s).
The mini-bulk sample was processed by CF Mineral Research Ltd. (CFM), an ISO 9001:2015 certified and 17025:2005 compliant laboratory.
The test result marks RJK's first confirmation of diamonds in its search for the source of the 800-carat, yellow Nipissing Diamond.
Glenn Kasner, RJK's CEO, said: "Discovering diamonds has been our primary goal for 13 months, since RJK began working in the Cobalt region on the Bishop and Kon claims. Drilling the Kon 1 kimberlite in late-January/early-February gave our consultants a valuable visual comparison, which led to the recommendation that we retest the Paradis Pond core for diamonds. At least 18 diamonds thought to be natural by CFM, is well beyond our expectations. Our working relationship with CFM has given us the confidence we need to expand our exploration programme. I am very confident in the personnel we have assembled, and together, we will continue to work to unlock the diamond and mineral potential of the Cobalt region."
RJK is temporally suspending drilling operations on the Bishop claims due to spring breakup and COVID-19 government mandates. After spring breakup, RJK is planning to initiate a geophysical programme including a ground IP survey on the Paradis Pond area to help delineate kimberlite breccia phases in the vicinity of the 2019 drill holes that tested a portion of the drone magnetic low feature. Drilling is anticipated to follow in late spring or early summer.
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