Founded in 1735, the House of Garrard is the longest serving jeweller in the world – and the only one to have such a regal legacy.
Its first royal commission – an ebony teapot handle for Frederick, Prince of Wales – came only a year after opening and, in 1843, Queen Victoria appointed Garrard as the Crown Jeweller. Since then, the jewellery house has served each subsequent monarch, making Queen Mary’s consort crown, many iconic tiaras and the sapphire engagement ring now worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.
The flagship boutique, which was built especially for Garrard, is in the heart of London’s Mayfair and has withstood many key moments in the brand’s rich history, which visitors can immerse themselves in while browsing the current collections. But the flagship is not the only location where you will find Garrard’s pieces – they also have a concession in Harrods and a presence in many locations around the globe including Europe, America, Russia, China and the Middle East.
Creative Director Sara Prentice joined the house in 2012 and places storytelling at the core of her designs – she believes that the inspiration behind each piece is as precious as the stone that brings it to life. From bespoke tiaras and engagement rings to major sporting trophies for Royal Ascot, Prentice likes to look back at Garrard’s historic designs when creating new collections.
The brand’s signature design, the Albemarle collection, is based on a tiara found in the House of Garrard’s archives and is named after the prestigious address of the flagship boutique. The iconic Wings collection, a contemporary classic inspired by the wings of an angel, represents peace, purity and protection. Other collection pieces include the innovative TwentyFour, the perfect statement for everyday modern living and Entanglement, a powerful symbol of eternal love inspired by the infinite knot motif that has no beginning and no end.
There are also the Garrard Classics collections, which include Marguerite, a unique take on an iconic cluster where sapphire, ruby and emerald take centre stage, surrounded by diamonds; and Evermore, characterised by a light and delicate halo of diamonds, echoing the shape of the centre stone, either as a ring, pendant or pair of earrings.
As well as the collections, the House of Garrard is also world-renowned for its High Jewellery pieces, exceptional one-off creations, including stunning tiaras, head-dresses and brooches. As wearable as they are elegant, many of the High Jewellery pieces are designed to be worn in multiple ways. Each piece is a labour of love and created in the London studio by the skilled in-house design team.
Silverware is another key element to the company. The jeweller has made many well-known silverware pieces, including trophies such as the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy and the America’s Cup (the oldest international sporting trophy). No request is deemed too obscure: in fact, the most intriguing commission the House of Garrard has ever received was for a gold and diamond encrusted croquet set.
The jeweller has made many well-known silverware pieces, including trophies such as the Gold Cups for Royal Ascot, the ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy and the America’s Cup (the oldest international sporting trophy).
Similarly, the House of Garrard designers can create bespoke jewellery for individual customers, often transforming neglected family heirlooms into new pieces. This service is a true reflection of all that sets the House of Garrard apart – a jeweller that reflects on its own rich history, while creating designs for today.
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