The Journey of the Esperanza Diamond
The Esperanza diamond is the most valuable diamond ever discovered in the USA, found by Brooke Oskarson at The Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. Brooke enlisted the help of a number of American Gem Society members to collaborate and turn her find into something even more remarkable, ensuring the unique provenance of such a rare American diamond.
Read more about the discovery of Esperanza:
Fox News - Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond in Arkansas state park
USA Today - Colorado woman finds 8.52 carat diamond at Arkansas park
People Magazine - Colorado Woman Discovers 8.52-Carat Diamond in Arkansas State Park
CNN - Park visitor unearths 8.52-carat diamond in Arkansas
JCK Online - Woman Finds 8.52 Carat Diamond at Arkansas Park
Daily News - Colorado woman unearths 8.52 carat diamond at Arkansas park
Discovery News - Woman Unearths 8.52 Carat Diamond at Arkansas Park
Read more about the cutting of Esperanza:
CBC News - Prince Albert’s Mike Botha to cut unique gemstone in Arkansas
The Jeweler Blog - Master Cutter Transforms 8.52-Carat ‘Esperanza’ Diamond Into a 4.65-Carat ‘Triolette’ That Could Fetch $300K
JCK Online - Hundreds of People Watched This Diamond Get Cut
Global News - Canada-based master diamond cutter crafts ‘Esperanza’ gemstone
International Gem Society - Master Diamond Cutter Mike Botha Takes On Esperanza
Sending Esperanza to the lab for grading
The cut Esperanza diamond was then sent to the American Gem Society Laboratory to be officially graded. The results? A Type IIa, internally flawless diamond of D colour — basically the purest diamond you can get, and the reason why Esperanza is the most valuable diamond ever discovered in the USA.
Douglas’ design floats the Esperanza diamond above the setting, as if it is 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 Esperanza. They are designed to look like tapering droplets of water. Smaller Canadian diamonds are set into the platinum.
The pendant was then crafted by Byard. F. Brogan, a jewellery manufacturer in Philadelphia.
Read more about the Esperanza pendant design:
The Dominion Post & Stuff.co.nz - Wellington jeweller designs pendant for one of world’s most flawless diamonds
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise - New Zealand Jeweller designs pendant for one of word’s most flawless diamonds
TVNZ One News - United States most valuable diamond has Kiwi connection
Read more about Esperanza on tour:
Fox 2 Now - Esperanza Diamond to go on display in Kirkwood
Talk Business - Arkansas’ Esperanza diamond to begin national tour, auction value set at $500.000
eXtravaganzi - Esperanza Diamond Worth $1 Million At Auction After US Tour
JCK Online - Black, Starr & Frost to Host Esperanza Diamond
Greer’s OC - The Awe Inspiring Esperanza Diamond
Arizona Foothills Magazine - Rare, Most Valuable Diamond Visits Phoenix
The Orange County Register - See the diamond said to be the most valuable discovered in the U.S. on display in Newport Beach
Fox 10 Phoenix - Most valuable diamond ever uncovered in U.S. on display in Phoenix
National Jeweler - Esperanza Diamond on AGS Stores Tour
Your Diamond Guru - Unique opportunity to see famous Arkansas Esperanza Diamond
A diamond pendant worth $1 million up for auction
A diamond originally thought to be worth about $500,000 USD, the value of the Esperanza pendant was now estimated at $1 million USD. While on tour, bids for Esperanza were being accepted through a silent bidding process. It was hoped that Esperanza would stay on American soil, however interest was coming from all over the world. Esperanza was also listed on Wikipedia under Famous Diamonds In History, and featured as a famous diamond on Named Diamonds.
Read more about the Esperanza auction:
Mining.com - Diamond found at Arkansas Park expected to fetch $1 million
Pursuitist - $1 Million “Esperanza Diamond” Up For Auction after US Tour
Embee Diamonds - Esperanza Bidding Process
Los Angeles Times - For about $1 million, this rare diamond could be yours
Diamond World - Esperanza Diamond, worth $1 million up for bid
The Esperanza pendant’s final destination is yet to be determined, but for Brooke Oskarson and all American Gem Society members involved, it’s been a very memorable journey to get there.