This Graff’s maxi diamond weighs over 302 carats and is the largest in the world with the square cut ♦ ︎
Not always a weight loss diet is better solution, even if in the collective imagination, especially in women, thinness is synonymous with beauty. The same rule also applies to diamonds. Maison Graff, however, succeeded in the enterprise: it had a diamond of 1,109 carats at 302.37 carats that has lose weight. The result is a square emerald-cut diamond that has christened Graff Lesedi La Rona. The stone holds the record of grandeur in that particular cut. Not only is it a diamond of exceptional size, but it is also of excellent quality. It is the largest stone, with better clarity classified by the Gemological Institute of America.
Initially Graff thought that obtaining a diamond over 300 carats from the stone was impossible given the conformation of the original stone. But in about a year and a half of study and work the rough stone was divided into 66 small satellite diamonds, with a weight ranging from 1 carat to about 26 carats.
We had an immense duty to cut the very, very best diamond imaginable from this rough. All our expertise, skill and accomplishment went into crafting this incredible diamond masterpiece, which is extraordinary in every way. The Graff Lesedi La Rona is an exceptional diamond with an exceptional cut and exceptional proportions, earning its place in history as the largest and finest of its kind in the world.
Graff had purchased the diamond from the Canadian mining company Lucara Diamond for 53 million dollars. The diamond is one of the largest ever extracted from the earth. Translated into grams, it weighs about 2 hectograms and is as big as a tennis ball. Graff treated the price of obtaining the stone for a year. The diamond was named Lesedi La Rona (which means Our light in the Tswana language) and was discovered in November 2015 by Lucara Diamonds in Botswana, a country that became the second largest diamond producer after Russia.
It is the largest diamond discovered in over a century (the heaviest is still the Cullinan, from 3,016.75 carats, discovered in 1905 in South Africa). Federico Graglia