You could say this is a story about good old fashioned stubornness. Or that it's all about following a dream. Above all it is a story about a treasure that is now the world's to share. It began began with an optimism that defied logic.

But prospector Chuck Fipke and his partner, Dr. Stu Blusson believed they could. For a decade in the 1980s, the pair scoured the wild land for samples that would show minerals often found in association with diamonds. In 1985, Fipke found them, in a sample he'd taken near Lac de Gras, some 300 km northeast of Yellowknife. Fipke was convinced he'd found evidence of diamond-bearing kimberlites - ancient "pipes" of volcanic rock that bear the hard crystals we call diamonds.