The Strawn-Wagner Diamond was discovered in 1990 by Shirley Strawn of Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Found at the world’s only public mining facility, the Crater of Diamonds State Park, located in Arkansas, the 3.03 carat diamond is the only diamond to ever be certified as a perfect diamond by the American Gem Society.
Known as a “Triple Zero” across the industry, the Strawn-Wagner Diamond has an ideal cut, D color, and is internally flawless. This is the highest rating that a cut diamond can achieve. This feat is also so rare that most jewelers and gemologist will never view one in person.
In 1997, the diamond was sent to Lazare Kaplan International of New York to be cut. This resulted in a 1.09 carat round brilliant-shape diamond featuring an “Ideal Cut”, which allows the most light to be reflected throughout the diamond.
When the diamond was certified in 1998 by the AGS, it was said that the chances of having a diamond this perfect were one in a billion, especially since it was found in a non-commercial diamond mine.
Permanently housed in the visitor’s center at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, the diamond was set in a pure platinum and 24 karat gold mounting, meant to be symbolic of Arkansas, The Natural State. The platinum setting also features a thin gold inlay and two gold apple blossoms on each side to represent the state flower.