Creating Diamond History
The House of Graff has been a custodian of many of the world’s most celebrated gemstones – characterised by their unique quality, their historical provenance or their epic journeys from stone to polished beauty.
The Graff Lesedi La Rona
The 302.37 carat Graff Lesedi La Rona is the largest highest colour, highest clarity diamond ever certified by the GIA, and the world’s largest square emerald cut diamond. The rough diamond that produced this rare marvel, the 1,109 carat Lesedi La Rona, was discovered in Botswana and marked an historic moment in diamond history – it was the second largest rough diamond ever discovered. An array of 66 exquisite satellite stones, ranging in size from under a carat to in excess of 26 carats, were also polished from the rough diamond. Each of these diamonds is inscribed with Graff, Lesedi La Rona and its unique GIA number, and is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity from Graff and the GIA.
A Record-breaking Year
The transformation of four significant rough stones into five exquisite new diamonds marked 2016 as an extraordinary year at Graff. The 105.07 carat pear shape Graff Vend?me, the 52.41 carat cushion cut Star of Audrey and the 50.23 carat emerald cut Graff Eternal Twins were revealed during this unprecedented year. The Graff Venus made a triumphant finale; at 118.78 carats it is certified by the GIA to be the largest D Flawless heart shape diamond in the world.
The Golden Empress
The inimitable honeyed hue of the Golden Empress, acquired in 2015, was harnessed from a 299 carat rough crystal that was unearthed in the Kingdom of Lesotho and which also produced a further eight beautiful satellite stones. This fancy intense yellow cushion cut diamond displays a striking, unforgettable colour and weighs 132.55 carats.
The Graff Perfection
Born from a 225 carat rough crystal discovered in Angola, the Graff Perfection was first cut to weigh 102.44 carats by our master craftsmen in 2014. However, Laurence Graff reassessed the stone, and ordered for one final round of polishing to perfect its silhouette, rendering it a 100 carat, D flawless pear shape stone with exquisite contours.
The Letseng Star
When it came into Graff’s hands in 2013, the Letseng Star rough diamond was an incredible crystal, comprising 550 carats of immaculate colour and quality. The rough produced 28 extraordinary pear shape diamonds totalling 169.76 carats, all Type IIa and D colour – a world first.
The Graff Sweethearts
Fatefully discovered together in the same mine in the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Graff Sweethearts are an extraordinary pair of Type IIa heart shape diamonds – the most chemically pure grading of diamond in existence. Bearing excellent polish and symmetry, the 51.53 and 50.76 carat stones were the world’s first matching pair of heart shape diamonds of this remarkable purity and quality.
Three Extraordinary Diamonds
The year 2010 saw a trio of outstanding diamonds enter the Graff collection – the Graff Constellation, 102.79 carats, the largest round brilliant cut D colour Internally Flawless diamond in the world; the Delaire Sunrise, 118.08 carats, the largest square emerald cut Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond in the world; and the rare Graff Pink, 23.88 carats, a Natural Fancy Vivid Pink Internally Flawless Type IIa diamond.
Unearthed in the same Golconda mine as the Hope diamond, the Wittlesbach-Graff blue diamond weighs a breathtaking 31.06 carats – unheard of for a stone of this hue. Steeped in regal mysticism, it was set within many different crown jewels during various dynasties of Europe’s monarchies. When Laurence Graff acquired the stone in 2009, he bravely decided to re-polish it, repairing its weathered surface and improving its colour, making it the largest natural Fancy Deep Blue Internally Flawless diamond ever discovered.
In 2008, Graff revealed this impeccable jewel. At an astonishing 243.96 carats, it is the largest emerald cut D colour Flawless diamond in the world. The stone’s sheer beauty and flawless aspect so enthralled Laurence Graff that he immediately named it the Magnificence. Deemed ‘Excellent’ by the GIA, it is an entirely colourless diamond of unrivalled quality.
The Empress Rose
Graff presented the exceptional Empress Rose in 2001. Weighing 70.39 carats, it is the largest Internally Flawless Fancy Light Pink diamond in the world. Its perfectly proportioned pear shape allows light to flood into the stone and radiate outward, creating an exquisite, feminine pink hue. A true masterpiece, the Empress Rose is one of the rarest pink diamonds in existence.
This unique diamond was unveiled at a special Graff exhibition at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. At a total of 137.82 carats, the Paragon is the world’s largest D colour Flawless diamond. The stone was cut into an unusual seven-sided kite-shield configuration and set in a necklace that separates to both necklace and bracelet lengths. As well as the principal stone, the necklace contains rare pink, blue and yellow diamonds.
The Imperial Blue
The Imperial Blue was acquired in 1984. A phenomenal stone of 39.31 carats, it is the world’s largest Flawless Fancy Blue diamond. Its remarkably crisp, ice-cool shade is intensified by a pear shape cut, which draws the eye to its bluest depths. A highly unique creation, the Imperial Blue is among the rarest blue diamonds on earth.
The Star of Bombay
Acquired in 1974, the 47.39ct Star of Bombay was the first of a great many famous diamonds to pass through the House of Graff. Since the time of the Moghul Emperors, the Golconda mines in the Kingdom of Golconda (now part of the Indian state of Hyderabad) have produced some of the most historic and beautiful diamonds. Laurence Graff has owned many of these unique stones. He bought this diamond from a European dealer, who sold it for the benefit of a noble Indian family. ‘It was emerald cut and it had probably been set in a Maharajah’s regalia,’ according to Graff.
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The Graff Book
All proceeds from the sale of our coffee-table book GRAFF are donated to FACET. The story of our House is told through visually arresting imagery, insightful essays and personal reflections.