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Graff Venus

Words by Avril Groom

There are many candidates for the title of the world’s most beautiful diamond but Graff’s newly unveiled Venus is surely a contender. The largest ever flawless, D colour, heart-shaped stone at 118.78 carats, it took specially invented tools to cut it and it is worth every hour of the many months of thought and work that created it. 

For an object so clear and pure it has unimaginable depth and warmth. The 300-carat rough was found in June 2015 at Lesotho’s Letšeng mine, in which Graff is a major shareholder. Its superlative quality was immediately apparent and its almost cuboid, slightly pointed appearance suggested a pear-shaped or heart-shaped main stone. The latter was chosen both to avoid flaws that closer inspection revealed and to underline the romantic symbolism of this stupendous gem. After the first polish it was rated internally flawless but Laurence Graff, founder and chairman of Graff Diamonds, took the risk of asking for a second polish to attain the coveted flawless level, losing a fraction of a carat in the process.

The Venus is currently unset, nestling in a beautiful wooden box. No price has yet been mentioned but it is sure to break records. And if this ultimate symbol of love is beyond your means, there are 22 satellite stones, from substantial gems of 15 or 13 carats down to modest examples of one or a half carat, in various cuts. So owning a part of the newest legendary diamond is far from an impossible dream. 

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