True North Gems Inc.

True North Gems Inc.

December 04, 2007 09:00 ET

True North Gems' Exploration Drilling Enhances Target for Greenland Rubies

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 4, 2007) - True North Gems (TSX VENTURE:TGX) is pleased to announce that it has completed four exploration diamond drill holes on the Sarfaq and Ridgetop ruby prospects, which are two of the Ruby Island Line occurrences, on trend from Aappaluttoq. The Company has also successfully confirmed extensions to the favourable Aappaluttoq Host Zone geology and additional ruby mineralization on surface.

The Sarfaq occurrence contains ruby and pink sapphire in surface outcrops and is located 255 metres along strike to the northeast of Aappaluttoq. Three drill holes in this prospect have confirmed the prospective geology and the distinctive sapphirine-gedrite-phlogopite-pargasite alteration, similar to the Host Zone of the Aappaluttoq occurrence. No ruby mineralization was noted in the drilling, however recent geological mapping between the Aappaluttoq and Sarfaq occurrences was successful in identifying surface float, containing ruby-pargasite mineralization in boulders weighing up to 800 kg, located up to 100 metres north of Aappaluttoq. All three of the Sarfaq holes were collared within the hangingwall anorthosite gneiss and drilled northwest toward the altered ultramafic unit to test for similarities in geology to Aappaluttoq.

"The Sarfaq and Aappaluttoq ruby occurrences are separated by more than 200 metres along geological strike in an untested area largely covered by a lake," said Greg Davison, True North Gems' Vice President Exploration. "With the known Aappaluttoq mineralization remaining open to the north and to depth, the identification of ruby-bearing boulders on surface, and a favourable structural and mineralogical trend defined by drilling and mapping, a high priority target area has now been identified to pursue in future drilling programs between the Aappaluttoq and Sarfaq occurrences."

The Ridgetop prospect consists of ruby-sapphire-pargasite occurrences in outcrop located 1,200 metres to the north-northeast of the Aappaluttoq occurrence. Drilling of one hole on this target tested two of these parallel alteration zones and was successful at intersecting these zones at depth without associated ruby-sapphire mineralization.

At Sarfaq, mineralogy similar to the Host Zone was identified at intersections that varied from less than 0.8 metres to 1.8 metres in thickness and at down hole depths from 8.1 metres to 13.8 metres in three drill holes (GL-07-48 to GL-47-50). A second phlogopite-rich intersection was identified in 97-07-49 at 123.4-125.2 metres. At Ridgetop, a pargasite-bearing unit was identified in drilling (GL-07-47) and occurred from 11.7-19.0 metres and a second intersection, similar to the Host Zone, was intersected from 132.7-138.1 metres. The drilling results from both zones are tabulated below.

Hole ID AZ DIP Depth (m) Target Intersections (m)
GL-07-47 120 -45 147.9 11.7-19.0, 132.7-138.1
GL-07-48 308 -60 160.6 12.8-13.8
GL-07-49 308 -45 135.7 8.1-8.9, 123.4-125.2
GL-07-50 308 -75 73.2 10.3

The 2007 drilling program, comprising 50 holes on three ruby prospects with a total depth of more than 5,000 metres, is now complete on the Company's 110 km2 Fiskenaesset Ruby Project, located on the southwest coast of Greenland.

Processing of selected drill core intervals for recovery of ruby and pink sapphire will be initiated at independent laboratory facilities in the fourth quarter of 2007.

The planning and execution of the ruby exploration and quality control programs at the Fiskenaesset Ruby Project are under the supervision of Greg Davison, True North Gems' VP Exploration. Mr. Davison is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Wardrop Engineering, an internationally recognized engineering firm, has been engaged as Independent Qualified Person and will provide site due diligence, quality assurance, and the preparation of the Preliminary Assessment of the Aappaluttoq ruby occurrence.

Information about True North Gems and the Fiskenaesset Ruby Project, including photos and videos, can be viewed at the Company's website or at

True North Gems Inc. is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange and is engaged in the exploration and development of North American and Greenlandic coloured gemstone prospects. In Greenland, the Company is currently engaged in exploration at the Fiskenaesset Ruby Project. The 2007 exploration program was implemented with the principal objective of delivering a Preliminary Assessment on the Aappaluttoq ruby occurrence.

The Company relies on litigation protection for "forward-looking" statements. Certain technical information contained within this press release is 43-101 non-compliant by virtue of the fact that National Instrument 43-101 which governs public disclosure of technical information for mineral exploration properties in Canada is silent with respect to the exploration and technical disclosure of gemstone properties. The company employs high standards for the collection of geological information and exploration data, employs industry recognized professionals as qualified persons to provide oversight and management of the exploration programs and is committed to the implementation of QAQC protocols to monitor the integrity of the technical information.

The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the release.

Contact Information

  • True North Gems Inc.
    Greg Fekete
    (604) 687-8055 or 1-800-399-8055
    True North Gems Inc.
    Ken Shortt
    Investor Relations
    (604) 687-8055 or 1-800-399-8055