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Nirav Modi grew up in a family that discussed diamonds over dinner. That's probably why he's one of the world's most sought after designers of exquisite jewellery

Nirav Modi says he has diamonds in his genes. And the 41-year-old has lived up to his sparkling family lineage - three generations of his family are in the diamond business - by creating unique pieces and cuts that have won him global acclaim.

Late last year, when the Riviere of Perfection diamond necklace went under the hammer at Sotheby's auction house in Hong Kong for Rs 27 crore, Modi was dubbed 'the perfectionist with the tantalising rocks'. He's the owner of some of the world's rarest pink, blue, white and yellow diamonds and the creator of the 385-carat Emerald Cuff and the 100-carat Constellation necklace.

Modi's grandfather was one of the earliest Gujarati traders from Palampur to enter the diamond business in the 1920s.
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