Pushing Limits with
the Graff Lesedi La Rona
11th April 2019
The Graff’s diamond obsession leads to astonishments: the British jeweler unveiled the Graff Lesedi La Rona, a 302.37-carat, D-color, high-clarity stone that is claimed as the world’s largest square emerald cut diamond.
Purchased in 2017 for $53 million USD, it is a true love affair that brought Laurence Graff to cut the 1’109 carats rough diamond into this exceptional polished gemstone.
Additionally, 66 other diamonds were born from this rough diamond, ranging in size from under a carat to more than 26 carats. A total of 18 months were required for the Lesedi La Rona to see the light.
The Graff Lesedi La Rona Diamond, 302.37 cts.
It was a real challenge for Graff’s gemologists to analyze this stone. In fact they had to custom built a scanner specifically for the Lesedi La Rona with new imaging software.
For the anecdote, discovered in the Botswana mines, “Lesedi La Rona” means “Our Light” in the local language.
The Graff Lesedi La Rona, Laurence Graff, 2019.