In Idaho, there’s a lot of gold out there, but a lot is mined with diamond.
For years, diamond mining has been a huge part of the state’s economy, but as the state grapples with a massive budget deficit, many of the diamond miners are having to pull back.
And for some of those miners, that’s a bad thing.
“Diamond is a really valuable commodity.
It’s one of the few things that can really help keep the state afloat and it’s a big part of Idaho’s economy,” says Matt Boggs, the CEO of Bogg’s Diamonds, which makes diamonds for diamond miners in Idaho.
“So we’re working really hard to find a way to support the industry while also keeping jobs here in Idaho.”
Bogg is one of several companies that have recently come together to form Diamond Diamonds Idaho.
“We were looking for an area where there were diamond mines, a small area that we could be profitable,” says Bogg.
“But when we found the right place, we felt like we were making a difference in the lives of people.”
Diamonds Idaho will take a few years to grow to a point where it can compete with the local diamond mines and it will eventually offer a diamond mining job to a high school student, but right now, there are still a lot more diamond miners than diamond mines.
“There are a lot fewer mines in Idaho than there are diamonds,” says Steve Tack, the owner of Tack Diamonds.
“Diamonds are a very important commodity in the state.
It helps us pay our bills, it helps us keep our employees employed.”
Tack has been mining diamonds in Idaho for years, but this year he decided to get into the diamond business.
“The mines are down in the mountains.
They’re down there on the top of a mountain and there are just so many people mining, and it just feels like it’s really important to me,” he says.”
That’s what got me in there.”
The mines that Tack mines are the one that has seen the most economic impact.
“Our mine in Idaho has been going downhill for a long time.
So when we got the chance to go into a mine that was producing more diamonds per day, it just seemed like a really good opportunity to get in,” says Tack.
Tack’s company was able to pay off some debt and keep the business going, but it’s still struggling to pay back all of the debt.
The problem is that because of the economic downturn, the state is cutting back on funding to pay for its diamonds mines.
In Idaho, the average income per household dropped nearly 6 percent in the first half of 2017, according to the Idaho State Department of Revenue.
And that means a lot less money to go around for the diamond mines that have been down for so long.
“If we have to pull people out of the business, that means we’re losing jobs, and that means it’s going to be really hard for the state to maintain and expand our economy,” Tack says.
“And that means you’re going to see layoffs and you’re not going to have the ability to keep the diamond industry going.”
The state has said it wants to find more ways to support these mines, and the diamond mining industry has been very receptive to that.
“I think that the diamond mine industry has always been a really supportive and loving industry, and I’m so glad that Diamond Diamond is coming together and taking a position on this,” says Jeff Davis, a spokesperson for the Idaho Diamond Council.
“This has been an important economic driver for Idaho for a very long time and it has been important to the people of Idaho.”
Diamond mining is a relatively new industry in Idaho, but the state does have a long history of diamond mining.
According to Bogg, the mines were originally opened in the early 1800s, and they were only open for about five years.
In the late 1800s and early 1900s, there was a lot interest in the diamond in the West.
“At the time, Idaho was still quite rural,” says Jason DeBoer, a professor at the University of Idaho.
He says there was also a lot going on in the country at the time that was creating demand for the precious stone.
“So that’s the only way that Idaho could have gotten the diamond.
It was very limited in size,” he explains.
“They only had enough to make one carat, which was a bit of a catch-22.”
But because of a recession and a flood of immigrants coming to the state, Idaho had to turn to imports to keep its diamond mines running.
And the importation of diamonds meant that Idaho had more of a surplus of diamonds to sell, and a lot went into the mines.
As a result, the diamond was in demand.
In the 1920s, Idaho Diamonds began selling diamonds directly to Idahoans.”As the