We do a lot of writing about diamonds and gemstones in our Haute Jewels columns, but now we take a different turn. With the help of famed diamond house, Graff Diamonds, we bring you on a journey that tracks a famed diamond from its rough form, through cutting and polishing, to its final place as a center stone in a stunning piece of jewelry. In fact, the largest fancy intense yellow diamond cut from the 299-carat rough we are tracing was unveiled to the world this time last year. Now we bring the untold story of the Graff Golden Empress to light.
Born in the Earth’s crust millions of years ago when the exactly perfect combination of heat and pressure mixed, diamonds are a rare and tantalizing gem that have stolen the hearts of men and women around the world since they were first discovered. As rare as a clear or colorless diamond is, the colored diamonds are even rarer, with just one in every 10,000 diamonds offering a painter’s palette of hues.
It was several yeas ago that Graff discovered an opaque 299-carat rough diamond from the Letšeng Mine in Lesotho (the mine adheres to the Kimberly diamond process – a requirement of Graff for all stones it acquires). The family owned and operated company couldn’t resist the temptation to purchase it and try to turn it into a world- famous stone that could join its roster of legendary diamonds.