Thursday, February 19, 2015

Laurence Graff: The King of Diamonds

Laurence Graff is an English jeweller. He is known as the founder of Graff Diamonds, supplier of jewellery and jewels.

In 1960, he founded the Graff Diamonds company. By 1974, he had begun specializing in selling to newly rich buyers from the Middle East. Graff is expanding his company across the world with over 35 stores now covering US, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
Gem Diamonds recovered the 603 carat Lesotho Promise at its Letšeng mine in August 2006. The Lesotho Promise is currently ranked as the world's 12th largest white diamond on record and the largest rough white diamond to be recovered this century. The Lesotho Promise was sold for US$12.4 million to SAFDICO, the manufacturing arm of Graff Jewellers, at an auction in Antwerp in October 2006.
In 2008, Graff purchased the Wittelsbach Diamond for £16.4 million. Graff had three diamond cutters repolish the stone to eliminate the chips and improve the clarity, reducing the diamond from 35.52 carats to 31 carats.

The Delaire Sunrise is 118.08 carats and the largest square emerald cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond in the world. It was discovered in 2008 at an alluvial mine in South Africa and weighed 221.81 carats rough.
The Graff Pink was acquired by Graff in November 2010. A pink diamond with a modified emerald cut shape, the diamond was previously held in a private collection for over 60 years. The recut diamond is 23.88 carats.

The Graff Sweethearts were originally two rough diamonds weighing 196 carats and 184 carats discovered at the Letseng Mine in Lesotho. After cutting they produced a 51.53 carat D colour Flawless type IIa and a 50.76ct D colour Flawless type IIa, both heart-shaped.
The Constellation is, at 102.79 carats, the largest round shaped, D colour, Internally Flawless diamond ever to be graded by the Gemological Institute of America.

The Paragon diamond was acquired by Graff in 1989. The Paragon is a 7-sided diamond of 137.82 carats and was worn as part of "millennium" necklace of round, pink, blue and yellow diamonds by Naomi Campbell in 1999.
The Royal Star of Paris brooch features two diamonds of more than 100 carats each.

The Graff Sunflower, a 107.46-carat fancy yellow cushion cut diamond and the Graff Perfection, a 100-carat D flawless pear shape diamond drop. Laurence Graff said it is “unprecedented” to see two high-quality diamonds of at least 100 carats each on one jewel.

The Peacock Brooch features a collection of coloured diamonds weighing a total of 120.81 carats. At the heart of the brooch sits a 20.02 carat deep blue pear shape diamond.

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