Graff created the world's largest flawless heart-shaped 118.8-carat masterpiece | Source: Supplied

The Story of Graff Diamonds and Its Most Extravagant Gemstones

At just 18 years old, Laurence Graff took his first step on his diamond-studded entrepreneurial quest to becoming the ‘king of diamonds’ by starting his first jewellery company.

Working alongside an experienced jeweller, Graff started out repairing Victorian jewellery until he persuaded a diamond dealer to advance him 33 diamonds for just A$113. In true Graff form, the young jeweller used them all to create one ornate diamond ring which he immediately sold. After establishing Graff Diamonds in 1960, the diamantaire then set off on a trajectory of crafting jewellery from stunning gems for an international clientele.

I have always been fascinated by diamonds, I truly believe that working with diamonds is what I was born to do.

Laurence Graff OBE

Now recognised with the title of OBE, Laurence Graff stands upon a family-built empire of rare gemstones.

Graff Eternal Twins

After Laurence Graff acquired a 269-carat rough diamond from Botswana in 2017, jewellers at Graff got to work to create identical emerald cut 50.23-carat diamonds. The crafting of identical diamonds like these is rarely seen in the luxury jewellery industry.

Graff Diamonds Hallucination Watch

Worth approximately A$75.7 million, Graff’s Hallucination watch is one of, if not the most, expensive timepieces in the world. Crafted with 110 carats worth of colourful diamonds, this kaleidoscope of colours highlights a variety of cuts and made its first appearance in 2014.

Graff Venus

Sourced from a mine in Lesotho, Graff created the world’s largest flawless heart-shaped diamond called the Graff Venus. By reducing the stone by just a tenth of a carat, Graff created an internally flawless 118.8-carat masterpiece.

The Graff Lesedi La Rona

As the largest highest colour and clarity diamond ever certified by the Gemological Institute of America, the Graff Lesedi La Rona is one of Graff’s most remarkable gems. At 302.37 carats, Graff Lesedi La Rona is the world’s largest square emerald cut diamond and the world’s second-largest rough diamond ever discovered. Graff purchased the diamond for around A$73 million.

Graff Lesotho Pink Diamond Ring

Crafted from the 13.3 carats rare Lesotho pink diamond, this Graff ring took months to create with the aim of capturing the vibrant pink hues of the diamond. The gemstone was purchased for roughly A$12.5 million, making it the most expensive Letseng diamond sold per carat.

Graff Peacock Brooch

Worth an incredible A$137.7 million, the Graff Peacock Brooch is possibly the most expensive brooch ever created. Adorned with an array of pink, white, yellow, green and orange coloured diamonds, the brooch contains 1,305 gemstones.

Want to discover more Graff brooches? Read about Sotheby’s Brilliant Menagerie Collection here.

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