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A New Book Chronicles the Rise of Laurence Graff’s International Diamond Empire

The 272-page coffee-table book features imagery almost as glamorous as the gems themselves…

Laurence Graff was only 14 years old when he dropped out of school to work as a jeweler’s apprentice. Six decades later, the London-born diamond purveyor purchases record-setting stones at auction and helms an international jewelry empire that trades the world’s most expensive diamonds. And now Graff’s fascinating rags-to-riches story is available in his first book, Graff—a 272-page coffee-table book ($95) released by Rizzoli International Publications on October 27. Written by leading journalists and jewelry experts, the tome describes Graff’s most significant achievements and most stunning gemstones. Photographs include famous jewels like the 603-carat Lesotho Promise, which Graff cut into a 26-stone necklace, and iconic advertisements such as the 1970s “Hair and Jewel” campaign that featured a million dollars’ worth of gems woven into a model’s hair. (rizzoliusa.com

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