Emeralds, rubies and sapphires reflect the season’s shades, flawless diamonds sparkle like stars in the night sky, and motifs from some of the most exceptional jewels in the royal collection have been given a fresh interpretation, gracing necklaces, rings and more with a glimmer of imperial splendour. Sara Prentice, Garrard’s Creative Director, picks the pieces that wrap up into perfect presents.
Wings Embrace features delicately hued pastel aquamarines and rare, calibré-cut pink and yellow sapphires that drift across the openwork of this angelic medley, sparkling like winter sunlight on snow and invoking purity, protection and peace. “Wings is both a beautiful and meaningful collection, making it a perfect gift for someone special in your life,” explains Sara. “With an array of shimmering stone and gold colours to choose between, there’s something to complement every skin tone”.
"Wings is both a beautiful and meaningful collection, making it a perfect gift for someone special in your life." Sara Prentice Creative Director
The setting of the 1735 collection is inspired by arguably the finest and most important piece of sapphire jewellery ever commissioned from Garrard: the brooch that Prince Albert gave Queen Victoria on the eve of their wedding in 1840, also reminiscent of the engagement ring worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. Drawing on this timeless design, deep blue sapphires – synonymous with the House – along with rubies, emeralds and aquamarines, are cluster-set amid a brilliance of diamonds. “The cluster setting of the 1735 has come to symbolise eternal love, so is a beautiful way to show your commitment with a gesture of jewels,” says Sara.
For a one-of-a-kind glorification of colour, Garrard’s Jewelled Vault, a new take on the colour-arranged assemblage of the former Duchess of Edinburgh, is centred around unique and incredible gemstones: from vivid Columbian emeralds to intense, royal blue sapphires, pigeon-blood Burmese rubies and rare pink Padparadscha sapphires. The most remarkable finds of the House’s gemmologists inform each carefully researched and unique design into “whichever piece of jewellery will best show off the stone’s natural beauty,” explains Sara. “Every design starts with the stone so these are truly unique investment pieces. For those looking for the wow factor and a grand gesture this season, something from the Jewelled Vault is sure to impress.”
In another nod to Garrard's illustrious past, the elegant arrangement of diamonds that runs around the base of the Girls of Great Britian and Ireland tiara, gifted to Queen Mary by her ladies in waiting in 1893, appears in several of Sara's creations. The constellation gleams in Muse, and glitters through Fanfare, where designs carry a secret language: in the reign of Queen Victoria, drawing a fan across a cheek signified ‘I love you’.
The heart-shaped setting of shimmering diamonds that features in Fanfare, in the earrings and necklaces of Regal Cascade and in several high jewellery pieces, is known as the regal motif, and refers to power – that extraordinary aphrodisiac - as well as love. It is inspired by the largest diamond ever cut, the magnificent Cullinan I, which was set by Garrard into the Sovereign’s Sceptre in 1910 – though, in a signature move by Garrard’s master craftsmen, that mighty diamond is removable, and can be worn as a brooch.
Garrard’s skilled jewellers still apply that versatility to many of the House’s pieces - tassels can be detached, necklaces worn long or short - ensuring effortless glamour whatever the occasion, as well as the lustre of colour coupled with a noble narrative.