A Royal Legacy

Garrard has a heritage unrivalled by any jewellery house in the world. Throughout its history, Garrard has had the honour of working closely with the British Royal Family, as well as many Royal families across the globe. First commissioned in 1735 by Fredrick, Prince of Wales, and appointed Crown Jeweller by Queen Victoria in 1843, Garrard has served each subsequent British monarch, creating many beautiful jewels, including iconic tiaras (still worn at state occasions) and the beautiful sapphire cluster engagement ring worn by the Duchess of Cambridge

History

Garrard is proud to hold the Royal Warrant as Jewellers, Goldsmiths and Silversmiths, appointed by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

1735

The very first Royal transaction is recorded in the Garrard & Co. ledgers to HRH Frederick, The Prince of Wales. This short, handwritten sentence marks a signal honour for the House of Garrard and the beginning of 280 years of proud service

1843

After a century of consultation to the British royal family, the House of Garrard is appointed as Crown Jewellers by Queen Victoria

1851

At The Great Exhibition, the House of Garrard featured dazzling suites of jewels favoured by the British royal family – huge diamonds from South Africa, opals from Australia, and an array of other gemstones that had been mined from across the British Empire. Garrard silverwork was also proudly displayed, including The Emperor’s Vase for Royal Ascot, a gigantic silver statuette of Hercules

1852

The British Crown received the Koh-i-Noor diamond (meaning ‘Mountain of Light’ in Persian) as a traditional Indian cut stone, and Prince Albert commanded Garrard to improve and re-cut the diamond into a brilliant cut. The intensely demanding cutting process lasted three weeks and was much discussed in society, with many dignitaries visiting the House of Garrard workshop to view the task, overseen by The Duke of Wellington. Finally, the diamond emerged as a dazzling brilliant weighing 105.6 carats. Today, the diamond is set at the centre of The Queen Mother’s Crown

1871

The death of her beloved Prince Albert in 1861 left Queen Victoria heartbroken and she mourned his loss to the end of her days. Shunning the weightier Imperial State Crown, Queen Victoria commissioned Garrard to create this dainty and light diamond crown in 1871, which she wore above her widow’s veil and was set upon her coffin, so iconic had it become

1893

The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara was a wedding gift to Princess Victoria Mary of Teck from the ‘Girls of Great Britain and Ireland’, with money raised by a committee gathered by Lady Eva Greville, one of the princess’s ladies-in-waiting. It was originally set around 14 oriental pearls, and also functions as a necklace as well as a tiara

1902

Before the coronation of King Edward VII, the House of Garrard was commissioned to reset St Edward’s crown, which is made of solid gold and contains 444 precious stones. The crown therefore weighs a considerable 2.23kg. St Edward’s Crown is only used at the moment a prince or princess is crowned and never worn again during their reign

1910

Cullinan I, “The Great Star of Africa”, remains the largest cut diamond in the world, weighing over 530 carats. The Crown commissioned the House of Garrard to set Cullinan I into the Sovereign’s Sceptre. Ingeniously, the gold clasps holding the diamond can be opened and the stone removed to wear as a pendant hanging from the Cullinan II diamond, which is set in the Imperial State Crown, to form a brooch

1911

The House of Garrard creates the Imperial Crown of India for George V and Queen Mary’s consort’s crown for the Delhi Durbar. The official ceremonies lasted from 7 December to 16 December, with the Durbar itself occurring on Tuesday, 12 December. The King-Emperor wore the Imperial Crown of India, which displays eight arches containing 6170 exquisitely cut diamonds, covered with sapphires, emeralds and rubies, with a velvet and miniver cap

1920's

Garrard launches new designs of aigrettes (sprays of gems worn on Indian prince’s and maharajah’s turbans), which become the sine qua non of fashionable Anglo-Indian society

1937

For the coronation of George VI, the House of Garrard was commissioned to create Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Crown, using many stones already in the Royal Collection. The crown has a platinum frame set with 2,800 diamonds. The cross at the front of the crown holds the Koh-i-nûr diamond in a detachable mount

1947

On the day of her wedding, the then Princess Elizabeth, was to wear a silk veil, held in place by the Sunray Fringe tiara, lent by her mother as her something borrowed. Two hours before the ceremony, as it was being fitted, the delicate piece was snapped and broken. A police escort swept the tiara swiftly away to the Garrard workshop, where it was promptly repaired and returned to its rightful place in time for the ceremony

1952

For the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the House of Garrard was commissioned to totally remodel the Imperial State Crown to fit the new monarch and the arches lowered for a Queen

1980

For her wedding present, The Queen gave the exquisite Cambridge Lovers Knot tiara to Diana, Princess of Wales, which soon became a personal favourite. More recently, The Duchess of Cambridge has been seen wearing this timeless tiara

2011

After meeting Miss Catherine Middleton at St Andrew’s University in Scotland, HRH Prince William proposed to her while on safari in Kenya. For a ring, the prince presented the future Duchess of Cambridge with a breath-taking cluster engagement ring from the House of Garrard. The ring displays 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a blue sapphire, set in 18 carat white gold and was the engagement ring of his late mother Diana, Princess of Wales. The design was inspired by a sapphire and diamond brooch, presented to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1840, on the day before their wedding

2015

At the state Banquet in honour of China’s president Xi Jinping, The Duchess of Cambridge wore a beautiful diamond tiara called the Lotus Flower tiara, originally made in 1923 for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother

Crown Jewellers in 1843

Garrard’s ledger entries record the first commission from a British Royal in 1735 and has been honoured to have served each successive British King and Queen since, notably with Queen Victoria appointing The House of Garrard as Crown Jewellers in 1843

Today, Garrard is proud to hold the Royal Warrant as jewellers, goldsmiths and silversmiths, appointed by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

Tower of London

The Tower of London houses the regalia of Great Britain and a number of examples of our work are on display at The Tower of London in the Crown Jewels collection, including the Sovereign’s Sceptre, which features the Cullinan I diamond, the largest flawless cut diamond in the world

×
Product added to wishlist

Enchanted Palace Jewelled Bug Ring