With exceptional gems always at the heart of Graff designs, rarity and lustre featured in the house’s recent display of yellow diamonds.

By Debbie Hathway

Haute Couture week in Paris is always the scene of high drama and iconic moments. The world of jewellery was right on trend then, as the most significant collection of yellow diamonds ever to have been brought together in one place was showcased by Graff at its flagship boutique during Paris Haute Couture Week 2023.

South African soprano Pretty Yende gave a surprise performance at the opening. The opera star recently wore yellow diamonds by Graff during her performance at the coronation of King Charles III at Westminster Abbey.

The Graff Sunrise collection, which features gems radiating outwards like sun rays, was presented alongside displays highlighting the House’s history with these marvels of nature. The House also took the opportunity to unveil a new high-jewellery necklace featuring an extremely rare 30-carat Fancy Intense Yellow pear-shaped diamond, accompanied by 138 carats of yellow and white diamonds.

“Yellow diamonds bring so much joy. The yellow diamonds we work with are exceptional in quality, cut and quantity. Very few jewellers have the luxury of such a wide range of colour,” explained Anne-Eva Geffroy, design director at Graff. “Before we design, we study each diamond carefully to uncover the secrets within its depths. Only then do we design, and when we do, we work to accentuate the natural beauty of each stone.”

“The secret to crafting truly exceptional jewellery is understanding the interplay between beautiful stones and the incredible women who wear them,” said Geffroy.

Francois Graff, Chief Executive Officer at Graff, commented: “Celebrating Graff’s legacy of innovation and leadership in presenting the highest quality rare diamonds, this will be the most significant collection of yellow diamonds that have ever been brought together in one place, including a Fancy Intense Yellow stone of incomparable beauty. These are truly jewels that represent the very best of Graff.”

Delving into Graff’s diamond archives, a remarkable array of significant and renowned yellow diamonds have found their way to the House. The journey started in 1974 with the Star of Bombay, an extraordinary historical yellow gem that underwent a revolutionary transformation under Graff’s expertise and pioneering techniques. In skillfully cutting and polishing this stone, Graff showcased the inherent beauty of coloured diamonds, prompting the world to reevaluate and embrace these magnificent jewels.

Since that pivotal moment, Graff has continued to introduce a multitude of famous and historically significant fancy yellow diamonds. The awe-inspiring Delaire Sunrise (118.08ct) and the mesmerising Golden Empress (132.55ct) are testaments to the House’s unrivalled mastery. These stones, with their breathtaking brilliance and honey-hued allure, epitomise Graff’s ongoing commitment to pushing the boundaries of diamond excellence.

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