Luxury Jewelry: With a history that goes back to 1735, Garrard claims that it is the oldest jeweler. Co-owner George Wickes, was appointed goldsmith of the Prince of Wale shortly thereafter. It marked the fledgling company's first encounter with royalty. In 1802 Robert Garrard took full control of the business. Garrard has been the official Crown Jeweler since 1843, the days of Queen Victoria, and has served as such for six successive monarchs. The Crown Jeweler is in charge of the care and maintenance of the crown jewels, plate, and regalia. Additionally, the Crown Jeweler oversees the private collection of the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
Today Garrard remains among the most prestigious jewelers with a clientele of celebrities and wealthy bling lovers of various pedigree and fame. Collections of silver, modern jewelry, and engagement rings are traditional staples, while bespoke jewelry and silverware are long-standing house specialties. Garrard works with patrons to create exquisite personalized pieces. The firm also remodels existing jewelry and does engraving work as well.
Garrard also is heralded for creating trophies and centerpieces for major sporting events. The trophy for the America's Cup is from an 1848 design of Robert Garrard. Trophies for the Dubai World Cup, the Cricket World Cup, and the Premier League Trophy are the work of Garrard. There are museums and national institutions with jewelry exhibitions from this venerable organization. Many highly valued private jewelry collections contain items by Garrard.
There are stores in London, New York, Tokyo, Dubai, Hong Kong, Moscow, and Istanbul. A catalog of current offerings can be downloaded from Garrard's Web site. Many outfits claim their products are fit for royalty. Garrard can back it up, royally.
For LxM James Rothaar