The entrepreneurial Laurence Graff OBE began his stratospheric career at 15 as a lowly apprentice in Hatton Garden, London’s East End jewellery district. At only 18 years old Laurence launched his first company, working with an older skilled jeweller to repair Victorian jewellery.
Mr Graff is unafraid of risk to create something beautiful. His first big success came when he persuaded a diamond dealer to advance him 33 diamonds for £60. Instead of turning the 33 stones into 33 individual rings, Graff mounted all 33 stones into one ring. Having put all of his eggs in one metaphorical basket, the risk paid off. He swiftly sold the ring to a dealer in the north of England. Before Graff returned to London from this sale, he received a phone call ordering another ring: the first had just been sold.