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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 […]

One (birth) stone rules them all!

April’s birthstone is the one that matters most- diamond. The ideal gift for any loved one with more choices than ever (as long as it comes with an AGS Laboratories grading report). At Master Diamond Cutters, we’ve been pushing the envelope of light performance with our Sirius Star®…the world’s brightest diamond® and several other ground-breaking new diamond shapes, […]

Supreme Purple Star

Not much is know about this diamond that surfaced in London around 2002.It is believed to weigh somewhere between 2-5 carat and according to reports it was graded by the BGI (British Gemological Institute) with a color ranging from deep purple to a deep to vivid purplish red (cranberry), and according to the only picture available, it […]

The Spirit of Ekati

Found in October 2010, the Spirit of Ekati remains the most significant diamond found in Canada. The 78 carat diamond from the Ekati mine in the Northwest Territories was sold in Antwerp for $6 Million on Valentine’s Day 2011.   The stone is internally flawless and is considered to be the mine’s most significant gem-quality find. It’s not the […]

Aquamarine.

The second birthstone for the month of March is aquamarine. The name aquamarine is derived from the Latin word aqua, meaning water, and marina, meaning the sea.  This gemstone was believed to protect sailors, as well as to guarantee a safe voyage.  The serene color of aquamarine is said to cool the temper, allowing the wearer to remain calm and levelheaded.  Its […]

France. The army. The head of the army. Josephine.

“I am going to bed with my heart full of your adorable image… I cannot wait to give you proofs of my ardent love… To live within Josephine is to live in the Elysian fields. Kisses on your mouth, your eyes, your breast, everywhere, everywhere.” – Napoleon Bonaparte The simple diamond and sapphire engagement ring that […]

Flawless, absolutely flawless

On 15 May 2013 Christie’s will have the privilege of presenting at auction in Geneva an extraordinary pear-shaped perfect diamond weighing 101.73 carats. Offered for sale for the very first time, this sensational gemstone is not only one of the largest pear-shaped diamonds known to date, it is also one of the world’s most perfect […]

The Pink Sunrise

Gabi Tolkowsky needs no introduction in the world of diamond cutting. With the Pink Sunrise, he pays homage to the 273.85 carat Centenary Diamond. This rare, 29.79 carat flawless pink diamond is very similar to the Centenary Diamond. The origin of the name “Pink Sunrise” is unknown as are other important details of this rare […]

Mouawad Splendour

This spectacular piece owned by Robert Mouawad has its very own Guinness World Record Certificate! This unusual D F diamond has an 11-sided girdle and weighs 101.84 carat. It is valued at $13,970,000.

Getting blood from a stone…

Ever wondered where the expression comes from? The expression was first recorded in Giovanni Torriano’s Second Alphabet, 1662: “To go about to fetch blood out of stones, viz. to attempt what is impossible.” Well, we think it was inspired by one of our birthstones. March has 2 birth birthstones: aquamarine and blood stone. The latter is a dark-green […]

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