Former Hatton Garden Apprentice Honoured by the Queen

Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds, has been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. On the list, which was released on the 15th of June, Graff was the recipient of a Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for Services to Jewellery – one of the highest awards that can be achieved by someone in the industry.

Graff began his career in the jewellery industry at the tender age of 15, when he began working as an apprentice in Hatton Garden, London’s most prestigious jewellery quarter. Nowadays, he leads a global jewellery empire, with stores in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and has been in possession of some of the world’s most spectacular precious stones, including the Idol’s Eye and the Magnificence.

“From humble beginnings and a lifetime working in the industry, I am extremely proud to receive such an honour,” Graff commented. “I was born to be amongst diamonds; they are my true passion and this passion translates into everything I do.”

Here at Hatton Garden, we’d like to extend our warmest congratulations to Laurence and wish the rest of our designers and store holders the best of luck in reaching this type of prestigious achievement.


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