Contribution by Suzy Menkes and Vivienne Becker and Maria Doulton and Nina Hald and Joanna Hardy
A look into the exclusive world of Graff, the British-owned luxury purveyor of unique jewels, one-of-a-kind statement pieces, and the most famous diamonds in the world. The House of Graff is synonymous with the pinnacle of luxurious, sophisticated style, the exclusive glamour and exquisite craftsmanship of its creations a singular complement to the world-famous gemstones that have passed through its master craftsmen’s hands. Laurence Graff’s gift of releasing the hidden beauty within gems of unprecedented size and brilliance has led to Graff being renowned as home to “the most fabulous jewels in the world.”
Spotlighted are famed stones such as the 603-carat Lesotho Promise, which Graff daringly cut into a necklace of 26 perfect stones; the largest square Fancy Vivid Yellow diamond in the world, the 118.08-carat Delaire Sunrise; and the largest D Flawless round diamond in the world, the Graff Constellation, at 102.79 carats. This volume showcases the best of the House of Graff—the most dramatic, the most mesmerizing, and the most exceptional jewels in the world. Included is the story of the creation of Graff, portrayed through archival photos and the words of founder Laurence Graff.
Graff Diamonds was founded in London by Laurence Graff, OBE, in 1960. After more than six decades, and with stores worldwide, the House of Graff remains at the pinnacle of luxury jewelry. Suzy Menkes is Vogue International Editor. Vivienne Becker is a highly regarded jewelry historian and contributing editor for the Financial Times’ How To Spend It. Maria Doulton is a globally renowned journalist and the founder of the Jewellery Editor, a website devoted to luxury jewelry and watches. Nina Hald, a freelance journalist, has authored six books about jewelry and has curated three royal jewelry exhibitions. Joanna Hardy is an independent fine jewelry consultant, a contributor to the Daily Telegraph Luxury Magazine, and a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow.