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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 3D Files

At 147 facets, the Esperanza Triolette is a particularly challenging shape. You can Download Esperanza 3D FIles (courtesy of AGS Laboratories and OGI Tech Systems). If you’re a diamond cutter interested in attempting to cut this spectacular new design by Mike Botha, Master Diamond Cutter, drop us a line.   Please note that this Triolette Design is © Mike […]

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 […]

Krandall Diamond

Weighing in at 40 carat, this golden yellow, cushion-shaped diamond belonged to Sidney Krandall. At the time, it was an unusual shape for a cushion shape with 114 facets (56 on the girdle). We come a long way since then. Our Sirius Star® Cushion features 116 inclined facets! Mr. Krandall’s father originally purchased the diamond around 1934 […]

The Winston Diamond

When Lillian Ross profiled Harry Winston in  The New Yorker in 1954- this is the stone being described. It was cut from a 154.5 carat rock found in 1951 at the Jagersfontein Mine in South Africa in 1951. Harry Winston bough it in London in 1953 for a very affordable $230k. It was cut into […]

PA jeweller recognized as a registered supplier

A member of the Embee Diamond Technology team in Prince Albert is being recognized by the American Gem Society as a registered supplier. Ruth Batson, chief executive officer for the American Gem Society (AGS) and American Gem Society Laboratory said Evert Botha recently received his title as registered supplier. “The title of registered supplier means the firm Embee Diamond […]

A Winston Legacy

The auction records just keep getting smashed. The latest record-breaking sale took place at Christie’s in Geneva on May 15 when a D color, flawless, 101.73 carat diamond sold for $26.7 million ($254,400 per carat), setting a new world record at auction for a colorless diamond. That lot – renamed the “Winston Legacy” after its new […]

Flawless 100ct

Idex Online  is reporting that a pear-shaped, D color, flawless diamond weighing 101.73 carat is likely to be the highlight of Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva on May 15. We think it will be. The sale will feature more than 300 lots which are estimated to sell for a total of around $65 million. […]

$134 million week for Sotheby’s & Christie’s

  Big week in New York for Sotheby’s and Christie’s.   Sotheby’s New York sale of magnificent jewels garnered $53,490,938 and was 82.4% sold by lot. The top lot was a 74.79 carat, D, VVS1 potentially internally flawless, type IIa, pear-shaped diamond that sold for $14.165 million. The diamond was acquired in 2001 for $4.3 million. Other […]

Handbook of Gemmology Review

The Handbook of Gemmology By Geoffrey M. Dominy with photos by Tino Hammid Vancouver-based Geoffrey Dominy has just released a digital-format book, The Handbook of Gemmology, featuring the photographs of notable photographer Tino Hammid. Why digital? “Tino and I chose to make our book digital for one reason and one reason only,” Dominy explains, “to make […]

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