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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.

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 eponymous house, which produces necklaces, rings, earrings, stand-alone jewels, watches and more — all entirely in-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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Average Sold Price
$41,415
Styles
Graff Classic Baguette and Round Diamond Tennis Bracelet in Platinum 5.00 CTW
By Graff
Located in New York, NY
Graff Classic Baguette and Round Diamond Tennis Bracelet in Platinum 5.00 CTW PRIMARY DETAILS SKU: 113504 Listing Title: Graff Classic Baguette and Round Diamond Tennis Bracelet in...
Category

2010s Graff

Materials

Diamond, Platinum

Graff Diamond and Yellow Diamond 'Diamond on Diamond' White Gold Ring
By Graff
Located in New York, NY
An exceptional and chic white diamond and yellow diamond cocktail ring, coined Diamond on Diamond, by Graff. The ring can be worn in casual and formal environments. It is set with 2....
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Graff

Materials

Yellow Diamond, White Gold

Graff Emerald Diamond Carissa Flower Earrings Extra Long in 18 Karat Gold
By Graff
Located in Dallas, TX
Exceptional Graff dangle earrings of floral inspiration radiating red-carpet glamour and exquisite elegance and showcasing approximately 9 carats of glittering fine white diamonds an...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Graff

Materials

Diamond, Emerald, 18k Gold, White Gold

Graff Diamond White Gold Hoop Earrings
By Graff
Located in New York, NY
A pair of Graff diamond and yellow hoop earrings in 18k white gold; each designed as a series of baguette diamond columns to a pave-set yellow diamond central section, and set at the...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Graff

Materials

White Diamond, Yellow Diamond, 18k Gold

Graff White and Yellow Diamond Dangle Earrings
By Graff
Located in Houston, TX
This pair of Graff earrings is composed of 18K white and yellow gold with white and yellow diamonds. They are marked "Graff 5983 750" on the back. The concentric circle design feat...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Modern Graff

Materials

Diamond, Yellow Diamond, 18k Gold

Graff Diamond Wristwatch
By Graff
Located in New York, NY
GRAFF Diamond Wrist Watch An 18k white gold watch, set with round brilliant-cut diamonds and alligator strap signed Graff.
Category

2010s Graff

Materials

Diamond, 18k Gold

Graff 18 Karat Yellow Gold 19.40ct Diamond Bracelet
By Graff
Located in Dania Beach, FL
Important Graff 18 Karat Yellow Gold 442 Diamond Bracelet 19.40ct of 244 Fancy Intense Yellow Diamonds and 198 White Diamonds With Certified Jewelry Gemologist Appraisal Dated June 2...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Graff

Materials

Diamond, White Diamond, 18k Gold

Graff High Haute Joaillerie CR4288/800 Women's Watch in 18kt Yellow Gold
By Graff
Located in New York, NY
Graff High Haute Joaillerie CR4288/800 Women's Watch in 18kt Yellow Gold SKU: 108888 PRIMARY DETAILS Brand: Graff Model: High Haute Joaillerie Country of Origin: Switzerland Movement...
Category

2010s Graff

Materials

Yellow Gold

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