A Gift to Remember from Garrard

November 5, 2018

The gift of a Garrard jewel is one of beauty, craftsmanship, and so much more.

It is a connection to a vividly storied past, rich in royal creations. From the alternating diamonds and dots from Queen Mary’s favourite tiara to the cluster setting first used in the brooch given to Queen Victoria at her wedding, this regal heritage has inspired many of the House's designs.

A truly regal setting

In Regal Cascade, pear-shape stones fall from a heart-shaped motif, their gentle movements echoing the gestures of their wearer. Vivid in deep blue sapphires or delicate in pale aquamarines, their impact is balanced by white diamonds that continually draw the eye back to the supporting motif. For this is a design with the most auspicious of beginnings.

In 1843, Queen Victoria appointed Garrard the official Crown Jeweller, giving the House responsibility for the world’s most prestigious jewels and regalia. Among them is the Sovereign’s Sceptre, a symbol of royal authority dating back to 1661. Centuries later the House transformed the sceptre’s design to incorporate the pear-shape Cullinan I or Star of Africa diamond, weighing 530.2 carats. The majesty of this extraordinary diamond, the largest ever cut, is framed within an enamelled heart-shape setting.

This elegant motif has become synonymous with the House of Garrard, making its appearance in more than one collection. In Regal Cascade it supports a choice of pendants and drop earrings suitable for everyday wear. In Wings Embrace it enables a more dramatic display: diamonds gather into the shape of wing, wrapping around a rush of aquamarine beads to form a tassel. In each design the heart-shape motif is the steady centre of the jewel, a gift that suggests love and strength.

Inspired by royal tiaras

These ideas weave through the pattern that inspired Entanglement, too. Of all the royal tiaras designed by Garrard, perhaps none has attracted more attention than the Lover’s Knot Tiara, worn most recently by the Duchess of Cambridge. There is no beginning or end to the sweep of diamonds that loop around the tiara, designed in 1913. As they overlap they form a series of lover’s knots, which speak of constancy and permanence. These qualities are captured in the looping diamonds of Entanglement, then enhanced by the calm beauty of aquamarine tassels.

A second royal tiara has left its mark on Garrard’s collections. The Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara of 1893 was a wedding gift, bought with donations from women around the country then greatly treasured by its recipient, Queen Mary. Around its base runs a distinctive pattern of alternating lozenge- and round-shaped diamonds which inspired the Albemarle collection. A glimpse at the motifs in Fanfare’s earrings, pendants and rings will recall not just this tiara but other Garrard royal creations, including the Sovereign’s Sceptre.

Garrard’s collections combine thoughtful modern touches with classic regal features, for the ultimate in gifts resonant with added meaning.

Looking back to 1735

In its dramatic theme, Fanfare looks back to 1735 when London’s theatre district was Garrard’s home and Frederick, Prince of Wales its first royal patron.

That year is celebrated again in 1735, a collection defined by the cluster setting used to great effect in the sapphire brooch given to Queen Victoria by Prince Albert through to the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring today. The gift of a sapphire ring, a pair of emerald earrings or a ruby pendant brings that royal heritage closer than ever. In 1735, small white diamonds surround a larger gemstone, enhancing the intensity of its colour and heightening its impact.

Centuries of commissions from the British royal family have developed into motifs that are now House signatures, each with a tale to tell. These run like a thread through Garrard’s collections, which combine thoughtful modern touches with classic regal features, for the ultimate in gifts resonant with added meaning.

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