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Monday, June 17, 2013
Laurence Graff Receives Order of the British Empire
Laurence Graff, founder of the one world’s most successful jewelry brands, has received one of the highest honors awarded by the British Monarchy. He has been named to Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Honors List, receiving a “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” for his “Services to Jewelry.” The OBE recognizes distinguished service to the arts and sciences and public services outside the civil service and work with charitable and welfare organizations. The 75-year-old chairman of Graff Diamonds began his career in jewelry at the age of 15 working as a jeweler’s apprentice in London’s Hatton Garden. Sixty years later the British-born billionaire leads a global luxury jewelry business with boutiques in UK and Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Also during this time, he has taken ownership of some of the world’s rarest and most precious diamonds and gemstones, including the Wittelsbach-Graff, the Idol’s Eye, the Imperial Blue, the Blue Ice, the Magnificence, the Graff Pink, the Delaire Sunrise, the Graff Constellation, the Flame and the Graff Sweethearts. “From humble beginnings and a lifetime working in the industry, I am extremely proud to receive such an honor,” Graff said. “I was born to be amongst diamonds, they are my true passion and this passion translates into everything I do.” A total of 1,180 people were named on the Birthday Honors list, released June 15. The British Honors System is made up of five awards of differing rank. In descending order, they are as follows: * Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (GBE) * Knight Commander or Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE or DBE) * Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) * Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) * Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) The highest two ranks entitle its recipient to become a knight or dame. The awards are presented twice each year in June (Queen’s Birthday Honors) and on New Year’s Eve.
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