True North Gems Inc.

True North Gems Inc.

December 17, 2007 15:23 ET

True North Gems Recovers 139 Carat Sapphire From New Baffin Island Discovery

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2007) - True North Gems (TSX VENTURE:TGX) is pleased to announce the discovery of a new sapphire prospect, named the Kikturiaq (Mosquito) occurrence, on its Beluga sapphire property located near the hamlet of Kimmirut, on the south coast of Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. The samples collected from the surface exposure included several sapphires. The largest is a near-complete crystal weighing 27.85 grams (139.24 carats). This discovery represents the highlight of the 2007 exploration program now completed on the 18.5 km2 Beluga sapphire property.

The Kikturiaq occurrence is located approximately 1,200 metres north-northeast from the main Beluga occurrence, which has been the focus of previous exploration activity on the property. The large sapphire crystal is a well formed, barrel-shaped prism which occurs in three fragments. The largest of these fragments weighs 18.1 grams (90.6 carats), measures 15mm in diameter and 20mm in length, and displays typical Beluga colour zoning, with a colourless core and a bright to dark blue outer rim. Clarity ranges from transparent to translucent. Brittle fracturing, overprinted by recent surface weathering, affects the exposed sapphire crystals.

Nine discrete sapphire showings were found along the 225 metre long, arc-shaped Kikturiaq occurrence and mini-bulk samples were excavated using Pionjar drills, feathers and wedges. The total sample weight collected in 2007 from this new prospect is estimated at 1,300 kilograms.

"We are very encouraged that our specialized exploration expertise continues to yield promising targets, such as the Kikturiaq occurrence, which contain commercial-sized sapphires exhibiting mineralogical characteristics similar to the high quality, colourless and blue gem sapphires previously recovered from the Beluga occurrence," said Greg Davison, True North Gems' Vice President Exploration.

Four additional new sapphire occurrences were identified on the property, including the Imakkuutuq occurrence, which contained six sapphire showings, located 500 metres southeast of the Kikturiaq. Grab samples were collected for mineralogical analysis with bulk sampling planned for the 2008 program.

The 2007 exploration program comprised detailed geological mapping and ultraviolet light prospecting of the Beluga property followed up by mini bulk sampling of the most prospective, new sapphire showings. The known sapphire occurrences, including colourless, blue, pink and yellow sapphire, are associated with marbles containing calc-silicate lenses displaying locally pervasive, late metamorphic and hydrothermal replacement.

A total of six mini-bulk samples from the Beluga project were shipped by sea container from Kimmirut in September and were delivered to SGS Minerals Services in Lakefield, Ontario on November 15 for processing by stage crushing and screening, dense media, and magnetic separation. Processing is currently scheduled for January 2008 and results will be provided when available.

The planning and execution of the sapphire exploration and quality control programs at the Beluga 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.

Information about True North Gems and the Beluga sapphire Project, including photographs of the Kikturiaq sapphires, can be viewed at the Company's website or at

True North Gems Inc. is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company is a pioneer in coloured gemstone exploration and, currently in Greenland, holds a 100% interest in the Qaqqatsiaq ruby property and has the rights to earn 100% interest in the Fiskenaesset ruby and pink sapphire property, and in Canada, holds a 100% interest in the Tsa da Glisza emerald property, Yukon, and the Beluga sapphire property located on Baffin Island, Nunavut.

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 43-101which 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 QA/QC 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 Davison
    Vice President Exploration
    (604) 687-8055 or 1-800-399-8055
    True North Gems Inc.
    Ken Shortt
    Investor Relations
    (604) 687-8055 or 1-800-399-8055