'King of diamonds' Graff to get OBE


The 15th largest rough diamond in the world

The British-born billionaire behind one of the world's most successful jewellery businesses will be awarded an OBE by the Queen today.

Laurence Graff, who founded Graff Diamonds in 1960, will be honoured for his services to the jewellery industry during a career which has lasted more than half a century.

Golfer Paul Lawrie will also receive the award for voluntary services to golf while former James Bond villain and Game Of Thrones star Julian Glover will get a CBE for services to drama.

The first Graff Diamonds retail stores were opened in London in 1962, before the business was taken around the world - with branches opened in New York, Moscow, Tokyo, Dubai and Monte Carlo.
Boasting "the most fabulous jewels in the world", the company specialises in producing polished diamonds from the rough stones. Its flagship UK store is on Bond Street, with another on Sloane Street.

With its own diamond cutting facility in Johannesburg, it markets itself as one of the world's leading diamond companies - the owner being dubbed the "king of diamonds".

On the company website, he says: "Diamonds excite me, diamonds are my life - I see inside the stone, look at the colour and cut and assess its natural beauty and value - I was born to be amongst diamonds."

Mr Graff has also founded Facet (For Africa's Children Every Time), which provides grants to charities working to relieve poverty and provide education, training and medical support to children and communities in order to help them achieve their full potential.

Brigadier Robert Bruce, Colonel Philip Kimber, Lieutenant Colonel Nicholas Wood, of the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment, and Major Mark McLellan, of the Yorkshire Regiment, will also receive honours for their service in Afghanistan.

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