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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 […]

A Once in a Lifetime Find

Brooke Oskarson and boyfriend Travis Dillon visited a friend in Ratcliff, Ark., this past June, and while driving home to Colorado, the two decided to try their hands at one of their hobbies: prospecting. They’d heard of the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro. Oskarson said, “We talked about it and decided, ‘Let’s check […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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.            

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