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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

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 […]

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 […]

Sirius Star® 100

We’re proud to announce the largest Sirius Star® 100 to date. It’s not every day that a diamond manufacturer announces the completion of a diamond, but this one is of extra special significance to the creators of the world’s brightest diamond®. “We were certain that gaining massive brilliance and symmetry would more than compensate for […]

Sirius Star®

The world’s brightest diamond®, Sirius Star® is now trademarked. What started out as an experiment into increasing the light performance of a round (brilliant), resulted in what is now known as Sirius Star®. It started of with 80 inclined facets, followed by 88 and soon thereafter, 100. Continued research in pushing the briefke resulted in several different shapes […]

Strawn-Wagner…another Arkansas Diamond Star…

The Strawn-Wagner Diamond is one of only a few perfect diamonds found, weighing 3.09 carat. It was found in 1990 by Shirley Strawn of Murfreesboro, Arkansas, in the Crater of Diamonds State Park public search field. It was cut to 1.09 carats in 1997, and graded an AGS Ideal (0/0/0) by AGS Laboratories in 1998. […]

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