The Most Valuable Diamond Discovered in the USA — The Esperanza Diamond — Now Available for Viewing
North Little Rock, AR (December 21, 2015): The Esperanza diamond is now the centerpiece of a custom-designed pendant, designed by American Gem Society member, The Inspired Collection. The design celebrates the shape of the world’s first triolette diamond — a shape created especially for the Internally Flawless Esperanza by Mike Botha of Embee Diamonds. The pendant was crafted by jewelry manufacturer Byard. F. Brogan in Philadelphia and Esperanza is now ready to tour the USA to be viewed in person — first stop is at Stanley Jewelers in Arkansas, where it all began.
The Esperanza diamond — a perfect, Internally Flawless, 4.605 ct triolette-shaped diamond — has been set into a custom-designed pendant. The pendant was designed by Ian Douglas, Creative Director of The Inspired Collection, a jewelry design firm who are known for their avant-garde and contemporary jewelry designs. The pendant will now go on a three-month tour of jewelry stores throughout the USA, all American Gem Society (AGS) members.
Unearthed at the Arkansas Crater of Diamonds State Park by Bobbie Oskarson of Colorado, the Esperanza diamond is the most valuable, and purest diamond ever discovered in the USA. AGS Laboratories graded it a D-color, Internally Flawless, and it's estimated to be worth over $500,000 USD. The journey of Esperanza from mine to mount is all being undertaken by AGS members, ensuring the provenance of this remarkable diamond is unique.
Master diamond cutter, Mike Botha, of Embee Diamonds, Saskatchewan, Canada, spent a total of 130 hours cutting the rough diamond at a special cutting event at Stanley Jewelers Gemologist in Arkansas. The involved parties then called upon fellow AGS member The Inspired Collection to design a piece of fine jewelry as the setting for the diamond. Ian Douglas, Creative Director of the specialist jewelry design firm known for contemporary diamond jewelry, felt privileged to be chosen and wanted to design a modern piece that showcases the Esperanza diamond to its full advantage.
“We’ve been following the Esperanza story closely and were honored to be asked to design the pendant. It’s these kinds of projects, working alongside forward-thinking AGS members, that excite me about designing and crafting jewelry,” says Douglas. “Our ethos is that the diamond should always be integral to the design, not an afterthought. In the case of the Esperanza, it couldn’t be any other way. When I design jewelry, I imagine a diamond floating, unconstrained, revealing its beauty in its entirety. I then design works of art to connect that diamond to the wearer.”
The Esperanza is the world’s first triolette-shaped diamond, a diamond shape created by Mike Botha. “The curves of the Esperanza dictated to a large extent what the final shape would be like,” says Botha. "Guided by the natural icicle shape of the rough stone, one end of the polished diamond is wider than the other. Now coined ‘the Esperanza Cut’ as a tribute to a great gem, this unique shape proved a challenge, but is celebrated in the pendant design."
In the design, the Esperanza diamond floats above the setting, as if suspended mid-air. The diamond is only secured at each pointed end. Flowing from these ends are fluid shapes and lines of platinum which form the base of the pendant, echoing the shape of the Esperanza. They are designed to look like tapering droplets of water. Smaller Canadian diamonds are set into the platinum.
The Esperanza is traveling to AGS member stores throughout the USA and is available for viewing in person at the following AGS retail locations:
|Stanley Jewelers Gemologist, North Little Rock, AR
||December 14 - 27
|Black Starr & Frost, Newport Beach, CA
||January 13 - 17
|Black Starr & Frost, Phoenix, AZ
||January 20 - 24
|Molina Fine Jewelers, Phoenix, AZ
||January 27 - 31
|Whiteflash, Houston, TX
||February 3 - 7
|Underwood’s Jewelers, Jacksonville, FL
||February 10 - 14
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High resolution images are available HERE.
Interviews with master diamond cutter Mike Botha, and pendant designer Ian Douglas, are available upon request.