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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 […]
Brooke Oskarson and boyfriend Travis Dillon visited a friend in Ratcliff, Ark., this past June, and while driving home to Colorado, the two decided to try their hands at one of their hobbies: prospecting. They’d heard of the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. Oskarson said, “We talked about it and decided, ‘Let’s check […]
visiting the park. The Esperanza diamond is one of the largest rough diamonds ever found in the state park, and Stanley’s has invited fellow American Gem Society (AGS) member Mike Botha, master cutter of Embee Diamond Tech, to come to Little Rock to cut the diamond in-store during a special event starting September 9th. This […]
Canadian Master Diamond Cutter Mike Botha to Craft the Esperanza Diamond in Arkansas PRINCE ALBERT, SASKATCHEWAN–(Marketwired – Aug. 27, 2015) – Master Diamond Cutters’ Mike Botha has been commissioned to craft the Esperanza in Little Rock during a special in-store event hosted by Stanley Jewelers Gemologist September 9th – 12th. Weighing an impressive 8.52ct, the […]
BY ALEX MACPHERSON, THE STARPHOENIX A Saskatchewan craftsman is preparing to cut one of the finest diamonds ever unearthed in Arkansas. The diamond, dubbed the Esperenza, was found on June 26 at Crater of Diamonds State Park near Murfreesboro. Next month, Mike Botha of Prince Albert-based Master Diamond Cutters will cut it into a 147-facet […]
This last weekend we were asked to present a workshop of street-mined diamonds at the RJO Conference in St. Louis, MO. I had a great time meeting so many fine jewelers from all over the USA- and look forward to hopefully making my way to future RJO shows.
I get that a lot. A couple of months ago we moved our office from the mezzanine in our retrofitted bank building to the atelier- well, sort of. We felt that we were too removed from the action, and that by joining our team of incredibly talented master diamond cutters in the atelier, I could […]
Little is know about the Abadia do Dourados diamond which was found in the Minas Gerais, Brazil in the mid-1940’s. This light brown diamond weighed around 104 carat. Minas Gerais was formed mainly by colonists who searched for veins of gold (discovered 1693) and gems, and later diamonds which come from the naturally occurring itacolumite rock that can be found in great […]
Saskatoon-based Shore Gold Inc., which operates the Star-Orion diamond project in Canada (just outside Prince Albert), narrowed its net loss for the first quarter which ended on March 31, to $1.5 million from $3.8 million in the same period of last year. The exploration firm also recorded working capital of $7.2 million at the close […]
If you’re looking for an exceptional diamond, Canadian mining company, Lucara Diamond Corporation is currently holding its first Large and Exceptional Stone Tender which closes on May 22, 2013. The tender features 15 single diamond lots from the Karowe Mine in Botswana, including the recently recovered 239 carat diamond. The Karowe Mine is the first […]