Graff Diamonds has unveiled the Graff Vendôme, an exceptional 105.07 carat D flawless pear-shaped diamond.
The stone, which has been named in celebration of Graff’s new store on prestigious Place Vendôme in Paris, was discovered in the Kingdom of Lesotho as a 314 carat rough named The Destiny.
To start with, the natural internal flaws of the stone and its proportions were intricately mapped by a specialised computer programme at Graff, creating a precise 3D digital image of the rough.
In their quest for perfection, Graff’s senior gemmologists analysed the best cuts the rough could yield and it was at this moment that the presence of an exceptional stone hidden deep within the rough began to appear.
Once in the hands of Graff’s master cutters, the process took many months to execute and required the skills of a very select team, who applied their highly guarded secrets learnt over many years – and their natural instinct for proportion and symmetry.
The rough was initially cut using lasers and then polished by hand, employing the senses needed to yield a 105.07 carat D flawless pear shape diamond, the largest cut and polished diamond of its kind in Graff’s illustrious history.