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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 […]

Esperanza: A diamond unlike any other

“When I first saw and held Esperanza, it was smooth as silk and glowed like the moon. I don’t see a lot of rough diamonds, but I never knew they could look like she did!” ~ Laura Stanley, Stanley Jewelers Gemologist Read the Jewellery Business Magazine article: Esperanza: A diamond unlike any other

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 […]

The Star of China

The record-breaking 75.36 carat briolette diamond sold by Christie’s Hong Kong last month for $11,151,245, or $148,000 per carat, has been named The Star of China by owner Tiffany Chen, the vice chairman of China Star Entertainment Limited. The diamond was the top-selling lot sold at the Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Sale on May 28, and has GIA certificate […]

3 AGS Birthstones for June

If you’re celebrating a birthday, you’re have choice of three birthstones to choose from. Pearl Historically, pearls have been used as an adornment for centuries.  They were one of the favorite gem materials of the Roman Empire; later in Tudor England, the 1500’s were known as the pearl age.  Pearls are unique as they are the only gems […]

Argyle’s Ultra-Rare Red Diamonds

Argyle announced that it will feature three ultra-rare red diamonds in its upcoming Pink Diamond Tender—the most it has featured in its 30-year history. Among them is a 1.56 carat I2 fancy red, dubbed the Argyle Phoenix. “Since mining began in 1983, only six diamonds certified as Fancy Red by the Gemological Institute of America have […]

Begum Blue

The “Begum Blue” diamond (seen here set in Princess Salima Aga Khan’s necklace)  is a 13.78 carat, fancy deep blue, heart-shaped diamond of unknown clarity. The “Begum Blue” diamond was the property of Princess Salima Aga Khan (formerly Sarah Croker Poole), the wife of His Royal Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV. The wife of the […]

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