The long and poignant her­itage of jew­ellery house Gar­rard holds many sto­ries be­hind its cre­ations.

Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Style - By Ken­neth Tan

When Joanne Mil­ner joined Gar­rard as its chief ex­ec­u­tive last Fe­bru­ary, she dis­cov­ered many unique sto­ries. “Our first com­mis­sion for the Royal Fam­ily in 1735 was for an ebony­han­dled tea ket­tle, and we also made the mi­cro­phone stand for the fa­mous King’s Speech – in which Ge­orge VI broad­casted to the na­tion, im­me­di­ately af­ter Bri­tain’s Dec­la­ra­tion of War against Ger­many on 3 Septem­ber 1939,” Mil­ner says.

Such rich­ness of her­itage has made Mil­ner keenly aware of Gar­rard’s im­mense im­por­tance to its clients and their fam­i­lies.

Mil­ner’s first brush with Gar­rard oc­curred when she was a school­girl, see­ing the Bri­tish Crown Jewels in the Tower of Lon­don – the

very same col­lec­tion that Gar­rard had been en­trusted to up­keep for over 150 years. The most fa­mous of Gar­rard’s cre­ations re­sides on the ring fin­ger of the Duchess of Cam­bridge. The sap­phire clus­ter en­gage­ment ring of 14 soli­taire di­a­monds sur­round­ing a 12- carat oval blue Cey­lon sap­phire was made by Gar­rard at a cost of £28,000 in 1981 for Charles, Prince of Wales who used it to pro­pose to Lady Diana Spencer.

Gar­rard’s sweep of re­gal com­mis­sions also makes it wellplaced to of­fer a bal­ance of her­itage and style to its mod­ern clients. One finds metic­u­lous de­signs in other cre­ations such as its Wings col­lec­tion which po­si­tions vivid­coloured gem­stones against a di­a­mond lacework. “At our work­shop, we com­bine tra­di­tional

“At our work­shop, we com­bine tra­di­tional craft with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy.”

craft with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy with di­a­mond moun­ters and ar­ti­sans us­ing com­puter-aided de­sign to pro­duce a more per­fect and in­tri­cate de­sign,” Mil­ner says. “It is im­por­tant that we keep this legacy of in-house crafts­man­ship alive to speak our lan­guage of beauty; one which is about cre­at­ing con­tem­po­rary clas­sic jew­ellery, so that it is as beau­ti­ful in 50 years as it is to­day.”

In Malaysia, Mil­ner reck­ons that the bri­dal seg­ment is a key area for ex­pan­sion with the breadth of Gar­rard’s Bri­dal range; the 1735, Beloved, Cher­ish, Ev­er­more and Lovers Knot, the last of which is a soli­taire ring rep­re­sented by a del­i­cate knot of gold. “My great­est de­sire is for our clients to know that wher­ever they are in the world, they be­long to some­thing very spe­cial and that any­time they step into any of our bou­tiques, they will know that they have come home.” www.gar­rard.com ≠

In Malaysia, Mil­ner reck­ons that the bri­dal seg­ment is a key area for ex­pan­sion.

Wings Lace cap­tures the grace­ful move­ment of an an­gel’s wing.. In­set: Joanne Mil­ner.

Left and be­low: the Albe­marle col­lec­tion takes in­spi­ra­tion from a tiara in Gar­rard’s archives. Above: The Gar­rard Lovers Knot.

The beau­ti­ful Albe­marle col­lec­tion trans­forms Gar­rard’s her­itage from 1893 into con­tem­po­rary pieces for to­day.

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