The Story of Garrard

The House of Garrard is the longest serving jeweller in the world. Founded by master silversmith George Wicks in 1735. Today’s flagship boutique in Mayfair, London has been the home of Garrard since 1911, and witnessed many key moments in Garrard’s rich history, including the fitting of Queen Mary’s consort crown in the first floor salon, now named the Queen Mary room in her honour

Visitors to the House of Garrard can immerse themselves in this heritage whilst browsing current collections in the luxurious and modern ground floor boutique.  The House has had the honour of working closely with the British Royal Family throughout its history. First commissioned in 1736 by Fredrick, Prince of Wales, and appointed crown jewellers by Queen Victoria in 1843, Garrard has since served each subsequent monarch

Garrard has created iconic tiaras which are still worn at state occasions as well as the beautiful sapphire cluster engagement ring worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. Each creation is about balance, the perfect combination of heritage and design to enhance the natural beauty of the gemstones or precious metals. Each piece of beautifully crafted jewellery from the House of Garrard bears the hallmark of the House’s meticulous attention to detail, iconic British design and history of thoughtful craft

Timeless, Elegant Design

Every Garrard design is handcrafted in the House Studio, from jewellery suites, to tiaras, headdresses and brooches.  All showcase Garrard’s unique design, craftsmanship, and incredible gemstones to capture the creative spirit of Britain’s historic nation

Sources of Inspiration

Each time a new collection is designed; the creative process is inspired by an array of motifs to illuminate thinking. Some collections trace their origins back to a signature piece from past. Other collections are bold expressions of British cultural emblems

The House Studio also approaches the challenge of a new collection from the functional needs of the client - designing interchangeable, transformable pieces that can be worn in different ways to suit the occasion

Sara Prentice, Creative Director

Sara Prentice joined Garrard in 2012 as Creative Director. With a degree in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing from UCCA, 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

The House Studio

Handcrafted in London

Garrard has crafted jewellery at the House Studio since 1911 and while today’s equipment helps create pieces with more precision than ever before, many of the traditional skills, tools and techniques are forged from its heritage, expertise and past

Timeless Elegance

Having its Studio in-house enables Garrard to deliver the finest quality pieces with relevant and currency - fusing traditional craft skills and modern techniques

This forging of old and new continues in the Garrard apprenticeship programme, as it nurtures promising talent into future master craftsmen and women 

Cabinet of Curiosities

In the past 280 years The House of Garrard has been called upon to create pieces to mark major occasions in society. Today, Garrard continues to represent its deep and treasured connection with sports, business and organisations worldwide in the creation of medals and trophies for the heroes of today and tomorrow

Trophies

From The America’s Cup, to The Cricket World Cup and The Premier League Cup. The House of Garrard has a long tradition of trophies, sterling silver tableware and gifts with iconic design and impeccable execution

Along with its existing range of silver gifts, the House Studio can create bespoke awards and mementos to capture the spirit of any special event

Medals

The House of Garrard has designed and issued many medals along its heritage, including the KBE, DSO, CBE, Order of the Bath, and, most recently, the gold, silver and bronze medals and participants’ medallions for the Invictus Games and its patron, HRH Prince Harry

Launched by the Prince, The Invictus Games harnesses the power of sport to generate a wider understanding and respect for those who have served their country. The medals are based on a concept from Harry Parker, who lost both his legs while serving in Afghanistan. Designed by House of Garrard, the medals use an embossed pattern, reminiscent of stitching, to represent the journey of recovery and rehabilitation to the wounded, injured and sick personnel participating in the Games

The Queen Mary Room

In 1911, Queen Mary honoured The House of Garrard with a very special visit. The occasion was the first fitting of her Queen consort crown, which had been commissioned to The House of Garrard for the coronation of her husband, George V. The room was renamed by her royal permission

Today this room houses items from Garrard’s colourful and Regal past which clients are most welcome to discover

Royal Love Stories

The House of Garrard Royal love stories begin in 1840 when Prince Albert commissioned the house to create a striking sapphire and white diamond cluster brooch as a wedding gift to his future wife, Queen Victoria of England. The great romance blossomed with nine children, of which the eldest son, Prince Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, would commission The House of Garrard for a diamond and pearl parure (a traditional matching set of jewellery, popular during this time) as a gift to his own future bride, Princess Alexandra of Denmark in 1863. To symbolise the significance of this elegant suite, the Princess chose to wear the necklace, brooch and earrings on their wedding day in the same year

Queen Mary’s fringe tiara, created as a necklace in 1830 using historic diamonds from George III and converted to a tiara in 1911, was worn by The Queen on her wedding day in 1947

The House of Garrard love stories return full circle when in 2011 Prince William, Duke of Cambridge presented a Garrard sapphire and diamond cluster engagement ring to The Duchess of Cambridge upon their engagement. This vibrant and striking ring features Garrard’s signature cluster with a central Ceylon sapphire of singular beauty, surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds, set in 18 carat white gold

Delhi Durbar Tiara

For the succession of King George V as Emperor of India, the Delhi Durbar Tiara was created by Garrard for Queen Mary to wear at the Durbar in 1911 on December 12th.
The Delhi Durbar tiara continues to this day to be worn by notable members of the Royal Family

The Delhi Durbar necklace and Cullinan VII pendant incorporates nine of the celebrated Cambridge emeralds. The necklace commissioned from Garrard was of strikingly modern design and became one of the principal elements of Queen Mary’s magnificent parure, also created for the Delhi Durbar

The diamond pendant featured is the 8.8 carat marquise known as Cullinan VII, one of the nine numbered stones cut from the Cullinan Diamond Tiara

Sapphire and diamond cluster

In 1840, Prince Albert commissioned The House of Garrard to create an extraordinary blue sapphire and diamond cluster brooch, which he gave as a wedding gift to his bride, Queen Victoria. This symbol of their love continues to be worn by members of the Royal Family to this day

It is believed that, in 1981, HRH Prince Charles was inspired by this story when looking for an engagement ring for his future wife Lady Diana Spencer. He subsequently chose a beautiful sapphire and diamond cluster ring by Garrard

This ring was later presented to Catherine Middleton upon her engagement to HRH Prince William in 2010

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