Every jewel starts with a spark of inspiration, whether from a beautiful collection of stones or the details of a historic British garden. The idea for Garrard’s high jewellery takes shape on paper and in the lines of pen and the sweep of paint. As details evolve, the design becomes real, handcrafted by the House Studio and made into a suite of jewellery, a tiara, brooch or necklace. Every finished piece of high jewellery showcases design, craftsmanship and stone, to join the ever-evolving story of the House of Garrard.
The House of Garrard is the longest serving jeweller in the world. Its origins can be traced back to 1735, when master silversmith George Wicks opened a store on Panton Street in the heart of London’s West End. It was in this year that the firm received its first royal commission from Frederick, Prince of Wales.
His order marked the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship with the British royal family, which reached its apogee in 1843 when Garrard was appointed the first official Crown Jeweller. The house has since had the honour of serving every subsequent British monarch, as well as many other royal families around the globe. Over these years, Garrard has handcrafted tiaras, necklaces, brooches and many more magnificent jewels that are still worn by the British royal family, including the Duchess of Cambridge’s sapphire cluster engagement ring.
Today Garrard calls London’s Mayfair its home. A visit to 24 Albemarle Street brings the opportunity not simply to browse its collections, but also to experience history at first hand. The building has witnessed many moments of note, including the creation of Queen Mary’s consort crown in 1911, and jewellery continues to be designed and crafted on site.
Every piece is developed to achieve a balance between tradition and design so as to bring out the natural beauty of the stones. The result is a quintessentially British hallmark of heritage, detail and craft.
Throughout its history, the House of Garrard has had the honour of working closely with the British royal family, as well as royalty around the world. First commissioned in 1735 by Frederick, Prince of Wales, and then appointed Crown Jeweller by Queen Victoria in 1843, Garrard has since served every subsequent British monarch. Over these years it has created many famous jewels, including tiaras still worn at state occasions and the sapphire cluster engagement ring worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. This heritage of iconic designs continues to inform the creation of Garrard jewels today.