Throughout history jewellery has been given as a symbol of love, and never more so than when it comes to marriage. From choosing the perfect engagement ring with which to propose, to a gift for the bride on the morning of her special day, a timeless piece of jewellery can mark the start of a new chapter in a couple’s life together, and become a part of their story.
No jeweller knows the importance of this more than the House of Garrard. Over its almost 300-year history, the house’s designs have been part of some of the greatest royal romances, from the wedding gift given by Prince Albert to Queen Victoria on the eve of their nuptials, to the sapphire and diamond cluster ring worn by the Duchess of Cambridge.
Today, House of Garrard offers everything from bespoke commissions and one-off creations to bridal collections that include pendants and earrings, as well as engagement rings. Purchase a House of Garrard design and you get exquisite beauty, timeless design and skilled craftsmanship – with a rich heritage and a unique story attached to it. Nowhere is this more evident than the 1735 collection – named after the jeweller’s first year in operation – and inspired by one of the most iconic pieces in its history.
In 1860, on the eve of their wedding, Prince Albert presented Queen Victoria with a sapphire and white diamond brooch that he had secretly commissioned from House of Garrard. Queen Victoria wore it as her something blue on her wedding day and on every anniversary after that. It was to be the first of many House of Garrard jewels made for royal brides – and its striking design continues to influence today.
In the 1735 collection, the original brooch’s cluster design shows itself throughout. “The 1735 collection is inspired by the sapphire and diamond cluster brooch gifted by Prince Albert to Queen Victoria, specifically the burst of colour in the centre with a cluster of diamonds around the edge,” explains Prentice.
The cluster setting is a renowned house motif and continues to be one of the most iconic and popular designs throughout the collections – especially when it comes to engagement rings. The new double cluster design in the 1735 collection showcases two rows of white diamonds circle around the dramatic silhouette of a castle-set central stone, like the joining of hands in marriage. While inspired by history, the ring has been designed with the modern woman in mind. “We’ve very cleverly raised the centre very slightly so a wedding band can fit underneath and sit flush against the engagement ring,” says Prentice.
A bridal suite of jewellery allows a woman to complement her engagement ring with other pieces so she can truly shine on her big day. The 1753 collection features drop earrings and a pendant necklace with the same key motifs to create a suite of jewels that can be worn on a wedding day – and many special days thereafter.
The central stone in all Garrard engagement rings can be in a cut and colour of your choice, whether it is a sapphire to represent the bride’s something blue or a white diamond, which has qualities that especially suit an engagement and wedding. Each diamond will have been sourced for its cut, colour, clarity and carat. Known as the four Cs, these are a measure of how a stone’s beauty can be judged.
Whatever House of Garrard piece you choose to commemorate your love story, you can be sure that you are investing in a unique and timeless piece that’s as special as the royal romances it was inspired by.
Timeless pieces treasured for generations
House of Garrard has been crafting exquisite luxury jewellery for more than 280 years and is proud holder of the Royal Warrant. Its longstanding relationship with the royal family is reflected in the rich tradition and incredible craftsmanship that goes into every piece it creates. To explore the range, discover the unique regal heritage and find the perfect piece, visit garrard.com.