Updated: Apr 11, 2019
"A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN A PIECE OF HISTORY" Graff.
This week, Graff Diamonds revealed his first hands of 67 diamonds it plans to polish from the 1,109-carat Lesedi La Rona rough diamond. After a year of analysis followed by the cutting and polishing process has resulted in 67 finished gems, ranging in size from under a carat to in excess of 100 carats from the rough, a Graff Diamonds spokesperson said.
Graff is now alerting its clients that they can purchase jewels with stones from the Lesedi la Rona, calling it a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” Each diamond will possess "D color, the highest grade for a diamond, and exceptional clarity," Graff Diamond said in a statement. In addition, each gem will be accompanied by a Gemological Institute of America (GIA) report.
2. 25.36 carat Assher cut Diamond D Flawless
3. 23.73 Oval shape Diamond D Flawless
4. 13.57 carat Emerald cut Diamond D Flawless
5. 11.12 Oval shape Diamond D Flawless
6. 10.09 carat Pear shape Diamond D Flawless
7. 10.09 carat Pear shape Diamond D Flawless
8. 7.15 carat Pear shape Diamond D Flawless
9. 6.06 carat Cushion cut Diamond D Flawless
10. 3.62 carat Pear Shape Diamond D Flawless
11. 2.04 carat Round Brilliant cut Diamond D Flawless
12. 1.21 Emerald cut Diamond D Flawless
Each gem will then be laser inscribed with “GRAFF, LESEDI LA RONA” and a unique GIA number, “invisible to the naked eye but further authenticating the unique origin of these important stones.”
“Destined to be passed down through generations, the legacy of the Lesedi La Rona
The Lesedi La Rona, which means “our light” in Botswana's Tswana language, had a bit of a storied existence. It was discovered in November 2015 at Lucara Karowe mine in north-central Botswana owned by Lucara Diamond Corp., a Canadian diamond mining company. About the size of a tennis ball (measuring approximately 66.4 x 55 x 42 mm), its immensity is exceeded only by the legendary 3,016.75-carat Cullinan Diamond, mined in South Africa in 1905.