A master diamond cutter at work in freezing Saskatchewan is behind one of the newest diamond cuts. The Las Vegas diamond
was created by Mike Botha and only Botha and two other apprentices churn out the stones which bear 111 facets. An average brilliant cut stone has 57 facets. I've seen more facets than the Las Vegas cut, a few years ago a stone, the Brilliant Lady 21 was said to have an astounding 221 facets. But according to an interview with Botha in the Vancouver Sun
he feels that his cut has optimal brilliance and is "in this sweet spot for a diamond that looks beautiful." Another facet and the stone could lose sparkle and definition. The stones are graded by AGS labs.
The design is being sold by Kimberlight Brands and its co-owners, Laura Serena and Heather Kirk, gave the cut its name in honor of the bright lights of Las Vegas. The cut was officially launched in June and there have already been a few orders. It will be rolled out this fall and is only for stones one carat or larger. The stones cost approximately 20 to 30 percent more
than a regular cut because of the difficulty and expertise required to make the cuts.