Established in 1960 by Laurence Graff, the House of Graff reflects his passion for diamonds that began at a very young age. A family run business, over the years Graff has handled some of the most fabulous and treasured gems in the world. While some of the stones are centuries old and steeped in myth and history, others have been discovered and brought to life in Graff’s own workshops, which will definitely be passed down through generations creating their own legends on the way.
Lesotho Promise (603ct) was acquired by Graff in 2008 and is the 15th largest diamond ever discovered. This was unearthed at the Letseng diamond mine in Northern Lesotho. Located at 3,000 metres above sea level, this mine is considered to be the highest in the world. Though massive in size, the stone was complicated with cracks and irregularities and a large piece of uncrystallised carbon situated at the centre. The cutting process was slow, extremely difficult and risky. One false cut and the entire stone would have been ruined. After months of work, this rough diamond was cut and polished by the team at Graff to yield 26 magnificent Flawless D colour diamonds, ranging from 3.14 to 76.41 carats.
These diamonds were then set by Graff’s Master Craftsmen into one stunning necklace, one of the most valuable and unique in the world.
The Letseng Legacy weighing 493ct and the more recent Light of Letšeng, which is 478ct was discovered from the same mine and was acquired by Graff. The 20th largest rough diamond in the world, the Light of Letšeng yielded 10 diamonds, including the Graff Constellation; the world’s largest round brilliant D Internally Flawless diamond at 102.79ct, and a 51.20ct D Flawless heartshape diamond.
The Delaire Sunrise is the largest Fancy Vivid Yellow square emerald cut diamond in the world at 118.08cts. This was yielded from a rare octahedral shaped rough diamond and was named after the Delaire Graff Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
The dark blue Wittelsbach-Graff diamond (31.06cts) has a rich history. It is said that King Philip IV of Spain presented this to his daughter, Infata Margarita Teresa to celebrate her betrothal to Emperor Leopold I of Austria in 1644. The diamond travelled continents and was passed down through royal bloodlines and became part of the Bavarian Crown Jewel collection of the Wittelsbach family. Following the sale of the diamond in 1931, it disappeared from the public’s view for over 70 years. In 2008 the Wittelsbach resurfaced and was acquired by Laurence Graff who took a daring risk to re-polish this magnificient stone transforming it into the largest Fancy Natural Deep Blue Internally Flawless diamond in the world. The original features, charm and heritage was maintained in the stone. The diamond was renamed as the “Wittelsbach-Graff”.
Naturally occurring pink diamonds are very rare. Very few have ever exceeded five carats and displayed the strong pink hue. It is no surprise that Laurence Graff acquired the incredible 24.78ct pink stone that had been part of a private collection for over 60 years.The diamond had originally displayed 25 inclusions, which with incredible care and particular attention to the diamond’s weight and cut, were removed through polishing—yielding a diamond of higher colour and clarity and sacrificing less than 1ct in weight. There was another challenge to increase the colour intensity of the stone. The final product was the Graff Pink, a stunning 23.88ct Natural Fancy Vivid Pink Internally Flawless type IIa diamond.
The Graff Sweethearts were unveiled, two perfectly matching D Flawless heart shape diamonds exceeding 50ct each, cut from two rough diamonds.
The 550ct Letšeng Star was sourced from the famous Letšeng Mine where many of Graff’s notable diamonds have been discovered. Stunning in colour, cut and clarity, these breathtaking stones will forever remain as important stones in Graff’s illustrious history.
The Light of Letšeng yielded 10 diamonds, including the Graff Constellation; the world’s largest round brilliant D Internally Flawless diamond at 102.79ct, and a 51.20ct D Flawless heart shape diamond.
Inspiration for Graff jewellery is taken from all around the world, from historic European styles and Indian Mughal jewels, African tribal pieces and traditional Asian design, as well as themes from nature. Graff unique jewels are a divine statement of delicacy and boldness, an effortlessly elegant style, graceful combinations of diamond rarity and timeless design.
At Graff, unique statement pieces showcase the artistic skill, meticulous attention to detail and the design ingenuity of master craftsmen and talented designers. Intricately articulated with invisible platinum settings and expertly set by hand, Graff is renowned for its exquisite brooches, necklaces, rings, bracelets and tiaras, designed to move fluidly with the wearer showcasing the incredible gemstones to achieve maximum scintillation. Stones are sourced for their colour and quality, with only the very finest being selected to grace the final masterpiece that is Graff jewellery.
At Graff, unique statement pieces showcase the artistic skill, meticulous attention to detail and design ingenuity of Master Craftsmen and talented designers
Modern and classic, graceful and feminine, Graff’s jewellery collections are available in an array of beautiful designs. Styles include the dramatic Rhythm, avant-garde Bohemia, contemporary Iris, delicate Jasmine, captivating Graff Icon, shapely Bombé, elegant Chandelier, classic Butterfly and modern reworked Butterfly Motif, delicate Lotus and the eternally feminine Infinity collections.
Rhythm, which is the latest jewellery collection by Graff draws inspiration from the captivating energy of music. This has resulted in an immense sense of movement, vivacity and rapture within each jewellery piece. Oval or gem clusters, pear shape, emerald and brilliant cut gemstones by Graff’s master craftsmen are set in multi directions, creating beautiful designs within platinum. ‘Each stone is articulated, intensifying the distinct sense of fluidity within the collection.’
Oval or gem clusters, pear shape, emerald and brilliant cut gemstones by Graff’s Master Craftsmen are set in multi directions creating beautiful designs within platinum
Rubies, sapphires and emeralds are incorporated into the collection to enhance the brilliance of the diamonds that further enhance fluidity and melody of the design.
Rhythm Collection details
Carat weight – 5.56ct to 146.80ct
Gem stone variations – Diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds
Pieces in the collection – Rings, earrings, bracelets, cuffs and necklaces
Multishape sapphire and diamond Rhythm collection necklace (Diamonds – 34.70ct, Sapphires – 19.25ct)
Multishape ruby and diamond Rhythm collection necklace (Diamonds – 34.76ct, Rubies – 19.32ct)
Modern and classic, graceful and feminine, Graff’s jewellery collections are available in an array of beautiful designs
A magnificent display of diamond design and craftsmanship, the Graff ‘Hallucination’ takes jewellery watchmaking to a new level, featuring an unprecedented kaleidoscope of over 110ct of extremely rare coloured diamonds.
The concept for the Graff Hallucination came directly from Laurence Graff, with Graff’s highly skilled team of designers, gemologists and master craftsmen working intensively for thousands of hours in order to perfect the piece. This 55 million dollar watch is considered to be the most valuable watch ever created.
“For many years I have thought about creating a truly remarkable watch that illustrates our all consuming passion for diamonds. The Hallucination has made my diamond dream a reality” – Laurence Graff, Chairman and Founder of Graff Diamonds.