Canadian Master Diamond Cutter Mike Botha is the creator of Sirius Star®, the world's brightest diamond®. An internationally acclaimed master diamond cutter, with five decades in the profession, Mike's training and subsequent career began in South Africa and has led him to Russia and Canada - from Vancouver to the Northwest Territories to Saskatchewan.
Mike Botha is an internationally acclaimed master diamond cutter, with five decades in the profession, Mike’s training and subsequent career began in South Africa and has led him to Russia and Canada – from Vancouver to the Northwest Territories to Saskatchewan.
Mike worked as the occupational certification officer for the diamond industry in the Northwest Territories under the Department of Education, Culture and Employment as well as the technical consultant for the Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment for their Government Diamond Certification Program. Mike led the Diamond Training Program at Aurora College in Yellowknife, Canada. During his 6-year tenure with Aurora College, he developed and delivered programs, earning the college the coveted Yves Landry Award for Outstanding Innovation in Education. Drawing on a lifetime of experience, Mike Botha has established an authoritative diamond design, polishing and finishing source in Canada.
A larger arc on the top pushes more light return to make a diamond look visually bigger.
Due to the arrangement of the pavilion facets, the Sirius Star® diamonds have a wider angle of light reflection compared to a round diamond. Hence light is reflected even through the upper girdle facets whereas in round brilliant it is only through the table, star and kite facets.
Sirius Star® 80 has a greater scintillation than round diamond due to the pavilion facet configuration.
Sirius Star® 88 features 88 inclined facets including octagonal main facet design with four-tier pavilion. All the facets are indexed and inclined to present the maximum actual and virtual facet definition.
Sirius Star® 100 is designed to feature a ten-pointed star with also 100% light return in ray trace analysis and evidenced by ASET imagery. All the 100 facets are indexed and inclined to present the maximum actual and virtual facet definition along with additional brilliance and brightness.
Sirius Star® Octagon's 80 facets have been designed for added sparkle, brilliance and light optimization. The combination of scintillation and brilliance makes the Octagon Diamond Cut a truly coveted possession.
Sirius Star® Oval, alike other Sirius Star Diamonds, possess a similar fire and brilliance. This shape requires high cutting skills to obtain the perfect symmetry and sparkle of the cut to obtain additional light performance.
Sirius Star® Cushion is a modern interpretation of the traditional cushion shape, inclined with 84 facets for the most scintillating fire and brilliance.
Sirius Star® Cushion 100 diamond features star motifs alike Sirius Star Round Shapes.
Sirius Star® Square with its 88 inclined facets, not only features greater scintillation and increased light return but also higher visual appeal than any other square shape diamond.