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The British jeweler Sir Laurence Graff (b. 1938) became utterly mesmerized by diamonds when he undertook his first apprenticeship at age 15 in London’s Hatton Garden jewelry district. It wasn't long before he established his now-celebrated eponymous brand, which produces engagement rings, necklaces, rings, earrings, stand-alone jewels, watches and more — all entirely in-house.

Graff had enrolled in classes at Central School of Arts and Crafts, and while he initially showed promise and was highly regarded, the shop owner, Mr. Schindler — who had his apprentice scrubbing floors and toilets — soon changed his tune, deeming him subpar. Undeterred, Graff learned to repair rings and designed small jewels at a humble workbench in his bedroom. He opened a 24-hour ring-repair service with a business partner and, in 1960, founded his luxury house. Two retail locations followed in London in 1962. Graff would go on to become one of the finest diamantaires in the world and was appointed an OBE in 2013 by Queen Elizabeth for his services to the jewelry industry.

Graff is known for handling some of the most famous diamonds in the world, including the Windsor Yellows, the Paragon, the Lesotho Promise and the Wittelsbach-Graff. He also purchased the 302.37-carat Graff Lesedi La Rona, which, at the time, was the largest diamond ever graded by the Gemological Institute of America. The GIA certified the diamond — then the second-largest gem-quality rough diamond on record — as being of highest color and highest clarity. Lucara Diamond Corporation workers discovered the 1,109-carat rough diamond in 2015 at the Karowe mine in Botswana, and after Graff purchased the diamond in 2017, his gemologists and craftsmen spent more than 18 months polishing its final facets.

While many jewels, such as the Graff Lesedi La Rona, remain in Graff’s collection, he does sell extremely high-quality stand-alone jewels. Gems in his showrooms can reportedly fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars on average. Although these stones are perhaps slightly out of the budget of a typical Graff jewelry client, the house does work with more reasonably priced, but no less exceptional gems for its collections.

Naturally, diamonds feature prominently in Graff jewelry, which is known for being more avant-garde than traditional, although Graff does create classic engagement rings, too. The jeweler’s ready-to-wear collections integrate naturalistic motifs like butterflies, bows and sunbursts, as well as striking silhouettes like the crisscrossed Kiss, the clustered Threads and the swirling Inspired by Twombly line, which pays homage to the work of American painter and sculptor Cy Twombly. And while diamonds are the main focus for Graff, his jewelry occasionally features other precious and semiprecious stones.

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GRAFF Emerald Diamond 18k Yellow Gold Bypass Ring
By Graff
Located in New York, NY
This stunning authentic Graff ring features a two flower bypass design crafted in 18k yellow gold and set with brilliant-cut round D-E-F VS1-VS2 diamonds of an estimated 1.20 carats ...
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1980s Vintage Graff

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Diamond, Emerald, Yellow Gold

GRAFF Frame Round Diamond 0.58ct J-VVS1-Ex GIA PT950 US size 5
By Graff
Located in Tokyo, JP
■Item Number: 23430702 ■Brand: Graff ■Product Name: Round Diamond Frame Ring ■Material: 1P Diamond (0.58ct J-VVS1-Ex), Side Diamonds, PT950 Platinum ■Weight: Approximately 2.1g (Appr...
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2010s English Graff

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Diamond, Platinum

GRAFF 3.46 CaratTotal Weight Diamond Engagement Ring
By Graff
Located in Rome, IT
Elevate Your Love Story with the Exquisite Graff 4.16 ct Total Weight Diamond Three-Stone Engagement Ring in Platinum! 💍 Embark on a journey of timeless elegance and undeniable bea...
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2010s British Graff

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Diamond, White Diamond, Platinum

Graff 0.54 Carat Diamond G-VS1-3Ex Platinum Solitaire Ring
By Graff
Located in Tokyo, JP
Brand:GRAFF Name:Diamond solitaire ring Material:1P diamond (0.54ct G-VS1-3Ex), PT950 platinum Weight:3.0g(Approx) Ring size:EU:44.5 / US:3.25 / Japanese : 4.5(Approx) Width(inch):1.59mm / 0.06in(Approx) Main stone size:5.30-5.32×3.19mm Comes with:GRAFF box...
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2010s British Graff

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Graff Diamond Swan Necklace & Earrings
By Graff
Located in New York, NY
Timeless elegant piece crafted in 18Kt White Gold Graff Diamond Swan Necklace & Earrings Set features: Necklace: 25 Marquise Cut Diamonds approx. 3.16Ctw & 141 Round Cut Diamonds ap...
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2010s Graff

Graff Diamond "Baby Graff" 18Kt White Gold Watch
By Graff
Located in New York, NY
BABY GRAFF DIAMOND WATCH WHITE GOLD DIAMOND BRACELET WATCH Dial: diamond Calibre: quartz Case: 18k white gold diamond secured by 8 screws Case number: 018/100 Closure: 18k w...
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2010s Graff

Graff Platinum and White Gold Multi Shape Diamond Bracelet
By Graff
Located in New York, NY
Graff Platinum and White Gold Line Bracelet with White Round Diamonds and Pear Shape Motif Please contact us for more information. *To keep your jewe...
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21st Century and Contemporary Graff

Materials

Diamond, White Gold, Platinum

Graff Emerald Cut and Round Diamond White Gold Pendant Necklace
By Graff
Located in New York, NY
Introducing our exquisite Graff Emerald Cut and Round Diamond White Gold Pendant Necklace. Crafted from luxurious white gold, this pendant showcases a central white emerald...
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21st Century and Contemporary Graff

Materials

Diamond, White Gold

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Graff jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs.

Find a range of Graff jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique items was designed with extraordinary care, often using gold. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Graff jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Graff diamond jewelry & watches, from our inventory of 146, can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look. We have 153 pieces in this collection as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 21st century and contemporary. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by David Morris, Hancocks, and David Jerome. Prices for Graff jewelry & watches can differ depending upon gemstone, time period and other attributes. On 1stDibs, the price for these items starts at $3,882 and tops out at $762,713, while pieces like these, on average, can sell for $62,000.
Questions About Graff
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 27, 2024
    Yes, Graff is high-end. Since its founding by Sir Laurence Graff, the British jewelry maker has become well known for carefully crafting jewelry using premium precious metals and gemstones. Graff is known for handling some of the most famous diamonds in the world, including the Windsor Yellows, the Paragon, the Lesotho Promise and the Wittelsbach-Graff. On 1stDibs, find a wide range of Graff jewelry.

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