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$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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Amarillo Starlight

The Amarillo Starlight is the largest diamond found by a park visitor in the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas since 1972, when it was established as a state park. The Amarillo Starlight was found by W. W. Johnson of Amarillo, Texas in 1975 while he was vacationing at the park with his family. […]

A bird in the hand…

The Tiffany Yellow Diamond is one of the largest yellow diamonds ever discovered; it weighed 287.42 carat in the rough when discovered in 1878 in the Kimberley mine in South Africa, and was cut into a cushion shape of 128.54 carat with 90 facets—32 more than a traditional round brilliant—to maximize its brilliance (someone knew what […]

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