True North Gems Inc.
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True North Gems Inc.

November 10, 2005 09:00 ET

True North Gems Recovers Large Sapphires

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 10, 2005) - True North Gems (TSX VENTURE:TGX) is pleased to announce the discovery of an important new sapphire occurrence, the Aqpik occurrence, on its Baffin Island sapphire property. The Aqpik occurrence is distinctive based on the large size and grade of the sapphires and the geological setting, which has not been previously described for the property.

The largest sapphires recovered are 9.8 grams (49 carat) and 5.45 grams (27.25 carats) colourless rough, both of which are gem grade and transparent. The sapphires from the Aqpik occurrence are notable for their transparency and bright vitreous lustre. Faceting and heat treating are currently underway for all of the sapphires recovered from the Aqpik occurrence.

On site geologic work and petrographic analysis have indicated a number of distinctions between the Aqpik occurrence and the more common Beluga style mineralization seen elsewhere on the property. According to William Rohtert, True North's C.O.O., these distinctions, in combination with the larger average grain size than that in the Beluga mineralization and pronounced variations in chromophore content and distribution, indicate that the Aqpik occurrence is a new style of sapphire mineralization. Additional work completed in 2005 indicated the potential for more Aqpik occurrence style mineralization on the property.

The Aqpik Occurrence is a lens less than a square metre in size, 145 metres south-southwest of True North's original discovery at Beluga and was exposed in outcrop along the crest of Bowhead Ridge. All sapphires from the occurrence have been removed, and have undergone preliminary processing. A total of 145 grams (725 carats) of gem and near gem sapphire rough was recovered from approximately 1 kilogram of surface material.

The Aqpik cccurrence was named in honour of its discoverer, Seemega Aqpik. Seemega Aqpik with his brother Nowdla Aqpik were the original discoverers of the Baffin sapphires.

The Baffin sapphire program is under the supervision of William Rohtert, True North's Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Rohtert is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.

True North Gems is a public company listed on the TSX Venture exchange and is engaged in the exploration and development of North American coloured gemstone deposits. The company is a pioneer in Canadian coloured gemstone exploration and owns a 100% interest in the Yukon-based Tsa da Glisza emerald property and the rights to earn 100% interest in the Beluga sapphire property located on Baffin Island and the Fiskenaesset ruby and pink sapphire property in Greenland.

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