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Master Diamond Cutter Mike Botha Takes On Esperanza

June 26, 2015. That’s the date that Esperanza came to the surface at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. Brooke Oskarson stopped at the park outside of Murfreesboro, Arkansas (the only place in the world where you can go to mine your own diamonds) on her trip back home from a wedding. 30 […]

$8 for a 1-in-a-billion diamond?

Over the centuries, dozens of extraordinary diamonds have been uncovered in India, South Africa and other countries known for producing diamonds. There have even been a few from the United State of America. Some 32,000 diamonds have been discovered at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas since 1972 when it was opened to […]

Four Grainer Interview

For our second interview with Four Grainer, we spoke at length about Master Diamond Cutters, our diamond restoration (re-cut, repair & re-polish) service- and Sirius Star®…the world’s brightest diamond®. It’s always an honor to share our passion for diamonds with new audiences. #KnowYourCutter #KnowYourJeweler

Esperanza 3D Files

At 147 facets, the Esperanza Triolette is a particularly challenging shape. You can Download Esperanza 3D FIles (courtesy of AGS Laboratories and OGI Tech Systems). If you’re a diamond cutter interested in attempting to cut this spectacular new design by Mike Botha, Master Diamond Cutter, drop us a line.   Please note that this Triolette Design is © Mike […]

The Esperanza Triolette

When I was commissioned to create a design for the Esperanza diamond discovered by Brooke Oskarson at the Crater of Diamonds in Arkansas, I was inspired by the shape of the diamond to create something that would best suit the shape. I have done a similar diamond some years back which was masterly set in […]

$134 million week for Sotheby’s & Christie’s

  Big week in New York for Sotheby’s and Christie’s.   Sotheby’s New York sale of magnificent jewels garnered $53,490,938 and was 82.4% sold by lot. The top lot was a 74.79 carat, D, VVS1 potentially internally flawless, type IIa, pear-shaped diamond that sold for $14.165 million. The diamond was acquired in 2001 for $4.3 million. Other […]

Gem among gems…

  It remains the largest diamond cut in Canada- this “gem among gems” as claimed by the Vancouver Sun at the time, was cut by my father, Mike Botha in 1998- the year Master Diamond Cutters was first established in Canada. Those of you who have had the privilege of hearing the story about the […]

The Vainer Briolette

The Vainer Briolette weighing 116.60 carat is a 192 facet diamond which the GIA graded as polish and symmetry excellent and color fancy light yellow. The diamond also enjoys, therefore, the distinction of being the largest diamond to have been faceted in London to date since the Regent, and holds its position as the second largest briolette […]

The Steinmetz Sirius

The Steinmetz Sirius (not to be confused with Sirius Star®…the world’s brightest diamond®) is a 103.83 carat D IF cushion shaped diamond mined from the legendary Premier mine in South Africa. This legendary cushion shaped stone is claimed to be one of the largest D colored, internally flawless diamonds to ever appear at auction and is only […]

Sarah

As the lyrics from the Jefferson Starship song reminds us… “Danger, in the game when the stakes are high Branded, my heart was branded while my senses stood by…” The Sarah is a 132.43 carat, natural fancy vivid yellow, VS1 (Very Good polish, Very Good symmetry) diamond (graded by the GIA). Many incredibly valuable and historical […]

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