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Esperanza – Arkansas State Parks Release

  Stanley Jewelers Gemologist Will Partner with Canada’s Master Diamond Cutters To Offer the Public this Rare Opportunity to Watch the Transformation of This American Gem from Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park   (NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.)—Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park at Murfreesboro offers a unique experience for visitors—the opportunity to search in […]

Esperanza – Stanley Jewelers Gemologist Release

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 […]

Esperanza – Canadian Release

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 […]

Canada’s Master Diamond Cutters to cut ‘Crater’ diamond

By Jacquie De Almeida Dubbed ‘Esperanza,’ this 8.52-carat diamond was found at Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park in June. It will be cut by Mike Botha of Canada’s Master Diamond Cutters next month in Arkansas. © AGS Laboratories, Peter Yantzer Master diamond cutter Mike Botha has worked on some pretty big stones in his […]

Prince Albert diamond cutter to work on Esperenza gemstone

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 […]

Esperanza…do you believe in hope?

An 8.52-carat white diamond was found Wednesday (June 24) by Bobbie Oskarson of Longmont, Colorado, at Arkansas’s Crater of Diamonds State Park, according to park officials. Clear white and icicle shaped, this gem is the fifth largest diamond found by a park visitor since the state park was established at Arkansas’s diamond site in 1972. […]

The time for a paradigm shift is now…

by Mike Botha, RS & Master Diamond Cutter The modern Round Brilliant has been around for over a century. Its genesis roughly correlates with that of the Model T Ford. Whereas the Ford Motor Company pursued innovation by improving their technology and designs, the diamond industry was content with the work done by Marcel Tolkowsky. […]

Re-cutting for better profits

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.            

Happy Canada Day!

O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all thy sons command. With glowing hearts we see thee rise, The True North strong and free! From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. God keep our land glorious and free! O Canada, we stand on guard for thee. […]

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