Vivienne Becker has an audience with the softly spoken, quick-witted Laurence Graff.
Portraits by David Ellis (£65, Rizzoli); all proceeds from sales of the book will be donated to Graff’s charitable foundation, FACET, which supports the education, health and wellbeing of the people of sub-Saharan Africa, where Graff sources many of its gemstones. Timing is everything, they say, in business as in journalism, and just at the time I turned up at the luxuriously sleek and contemporary Graff offices in Albemarle Street, Mayfair, to interview Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds, Sotheby’s representatives arrived to show Mr Graff, his son François and nephew Elliott an exceptional blue diamond coming up for auction (which sold for .5m on November 11 to a private collector).
As he handed me his loupe and pointed out details of the cut, proportions and the play of light and colour, I could barely begin to imagine what he himself sees when he looks into a diamond.
It’s widely acknowledged throughout the world’s diamond and jewellery industries that he has an extraordinary affinity with diamonds, a sort of sixth sense that enables him to understand their individual characters, to see the subtlest nuances of light, fire and colour.
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