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Graff Superb Sapphire Diamond Necklace in 18k Gold with GIA Certificates & Case

$265,000

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Sensational Graff necklace of floral inspiration and showcasing 33.3 carats of finest white diamonds (approximately D to G color, VVS to VS clarity) and 25.3 carats of richly saturated blue sapphires, all masterfully set in 18 karat white gold. The necklace is in ‘As New’ condition and comes with Graff Certificate of Quality detailing diamond and precious stone content. It is also accompanied by 2 GIA certificates for its two largest diamonds of 1.51 and 0.9 carats, and Graff original case and outer box. It is worth noting that the retail price of this necklace was US$ 430 thousand. - Timeless elegance and incredible opulence are perfectly balanced in this delicate and refined piece - Enchanting and intricate design and exceptional craftsmanship by iconic Graff of London - Featuring 33.28 carats of finest white (approximately D to G color, VVS-VS clarity) diamonds of round-brilliant, pear, and marquise shape - Featuring 25.31 carats of strongly saturated blue sapphires of round, pear, and marquise shape - 2 largest diamonds with GIA certificates: 1.51 carats round-brilliant F/VS1/triple Ex and 0.9 carats pear D/VS2 - With Graff Certificate of Quality detailing diamond and precious stone content - Necklace length is 15in (38.1cm) and its impressive drop section is 3.15in (8cm) in length - Signed Graff, numbered, and with British hallmarks - In ‘As New’ condition - Retail price of this necklace was US$ 430 thousand - Accompanied by original Graff leather case and outer box Detailed description: The necklace draws its inspiration from the Peony flower, also known as the ‘King of Flowers’ in the eastern world where Laurence Graff, the founder of iconic London-based jewelry house, observed its many representations in ancient paintings and antiquities. The peony is admired for its vibrant and dramatic blooms and in this necklace, Graff ingeniously captures the beautifully feminine quality of the flower with its delicate lace-like petals. An abundance of brightest white diamonds and strongly-saturated sapphires are expertly set by Graff master jewelers to form floral and petal silhouettes. The quality and attention to smallest detail, that Graff is renowned for, is evident throughout the necklace: from the delightful floral design of necklace clasp to the finely-balanced interspersion of sparkling diamonds and sapphires. The lower drop section of the necklace, which measures impressive 3.15in (8cm), contains a stunning 1.51 carat round-brilliant GIA certified diamond at the center of its upper-flower. As it gracefully tapers, the necklace comes to an elegant conclusion in a beautiful dangling pear-diamond drop of 0.9 carats that is also GIA certified. The variety of angles at which stones are set is precisely calibrated to accomplish its dual mission: it captures maximum brilliance and fire of the stones – a mandate for any Graff jewel – and also infuses the necklace with vibrancy and subtle dramatic effect. The entire creation has timeless elegance and while incredibly opulent, owing to its lavish diamond and sapphire content, it is also delicate, feminine, and refined. Laurence Graff calls his team ‘the diamond artists’ and this necklace is a splendid testament to the creative artistry and superior craftsmanship that his jewelry house stands for.

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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.Browse watches, rings, earrings and other accessories from Graff on 1stDibs.
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