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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 […]

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 – 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 […]

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. […]

What’s that noise?

I get that a lot. A couple of months ago we moved our office from the mezzanine in our retrofitted bank building to the atelier- well, sort of. We felt that we were too removed from the action, and that by joining our team of incredibly talented master diamond cutters in the atelier, I could […]

Gem among gems…

  It remains the largest diamond cut in Canada- this “gem among gems” as claimed by the Vancouver Sun at the time, was cut by my father, Mike Botha in 1998- the year Master Diamond Cutters was first established in Canada. Those of you who have had the privilege of hearing the story about the […]

Flawless, absolutely flawless

On 15 May 2013 Christie’s will have the privilege of presenting at auction in Geneva an extraordinary pear-shaped perfect diamond weighing 101.73 carats. Offered for sale for the very first time, this sensational gemstone is not only one of the largest pear-shaped diamonds known to date, it is also one of the world’s most perfect […]

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