24 Carat Brilliance: Garrard and Co. Launch Their New Collection
It was off to Garrards for me last night to attend the launch of their new range, 24. The collection alludes to the 24 in the day and infers its wearability day and night. The number 24 is also something of a charm to the 281 year old jewellers- they are based at 24 AlbermaleStreet, London- their headquarters since 1911, to which they moved back to after a stint in Regent Street.
The new collection, composed of elegantly alternating pave set circles and diamonds, can be worn singly or stacked. The pendants can be layered and are available in pave diamonds and different kinds of gold. They differ slightly and complement each other beautifully. Also right on trend is the selection of statement earcuffs, although more classic vertical earrings are also on offer. The collection is eminently versatile and in my opinion an instant classic- it is not jewellery that will date easily.
It was good to see some of their new high jewellery sets on display- the one that particularly took my fancy was the Peony Suite- a fantasy of glowing rubellites and diamonds.
Garrard and Co. is also worth a visit just to have a look at some of their archive on display- this is a jewellery house with an impressive pedigree. A Garrard and Co. jeweller was appointed by Queen Victoria and an employee of the firm always held the role until 2007. As such, the firm looked after, restored and made the necessary alterations to most of the treasures held in the Tower of London. I was delighted to see the original working drawing for the Royal Sceptre to accommodate the Cullinan Diamond and the gouache for the set of jewellery given by the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII) to Alexandra of Denmark.