Sara Prentice joined Garrard in September 2012 as Creative Director. With a degree in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing from UCCA’s industry-renowned course, Sara’s career and experience as a fine jewellery designer spans over twenty years. During this time, she has gained extensive knowledge of the luxury and high jewellery market, designing many bespoke pieces and commercially successful lines.
After four years of study, Sara was snapped up by Cartier, where she spent her first six months learning the art of design and hand rendering for fine jewellery from Paris’ leading crafstmen. This intense period of study was followed by roles at Graff and Fabergé, giving Sara an enviable set of skills and techniques, covering Royal Ceremonial Jewellery and Ceremonial swords, to Trophies and Medals, Jewel encrusted handbags and wallets, to Jewelled watches and timepieces and everything in-between!
At Fabergé Sara designed the first High Jewellery Egg for the brand in a hundred years. While at Graff, Sara was responsible for designing a piece with the collection of stones cut from one of the world’s largest ever rough diamonds, the Lesotho Promise.
Sara’s first tiara commission in 1995 was for a young bride on her wedding day. Tiaras have been a key item in Sara’s repertoire ever since. For over twelve years Sara has worked closely with individual British and International clients to realise their bespoke requests, marrying her craftsmanship and Garrard’s design values to individual tastes. Sara sees this personal process as a great honour, considering it the most rewarding aspect of her work.
Sara has passed on the skills she has learned to her own team at Garrard. This ensures, for instance, that each of our finished designs is still rendered by hand in gouache paint, continuing a Garrard’s tradition that traces back to our beginnings.
A focused individual with high attention to detail, Sara’s role as Garrard’s Creative Director sees her enthusiastically spearheading the talented in-house, all-woman design team and evolving Garrard’s jewellery collections with the modern age, marrying tradition with contemporary style.
Sara has been a member of the judging panel for the Goldsmith’s Arts and Design Competition over the past fourteen years and was awarded the Professional Jeweller Hot 100 Trend-setter award in 2015.