Diamond industry mourns passing of the Diamantaire behind Lesedi La Rona

Departed: Kneller
Departed: Kneller

The diamond industry is mourning the passing of Johnny Kneller, one of the renowned experts in the business widely recognised for the cutting and polishing of large stones such as the world second largest diamond, Lesedi La Rona.

Kneller was 75 years old.

Together with Brian Gutkin and Laurence Graff, Kneller was a partner in the manufacturing firm Safdico. Graff bought the 1109 carat Lesedi La Rona for 53$ million in 2017.

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