In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Head of Design for the legendary jewelry house of Garrard, Claire Scott, talked of the latest engagement collection and more.
When asked to describe Garrard in a few words, Scott said, "Elegant, confident, contemporary and British."
"Since joining Garrard, I have had the opportunity to develop iconic collections and bespoke commissions. Working closely with Garrard’s Creative Director, Sara Prentice, we have built a strong design aesthetic drawn from a wealth of heritage. Each piece balances signature motifs from the house’s history with wearability and timeless design – which is a very rewarding accomplishment," said Scott regarding her biggest achievements after joining Garrard.
When asked to talk about Garrard's recent collaborations with Ounass and Threads Styling, Scott said, "Partnering with Ounass and Threads Styling has been an exciting step for us. Both brands are trailblazers in their respective regions and opening up new sales channels in these markets will allow us to explore new ways of engagement with clients across the Middle East. Our main focus across both platforms has been the Wings collection, which has become a true Garrard icon. Beautiful and meaningful, the jewels chosen to appear on Ounass and Threads Styling range from classic diamond creations to jewelry pieces set with vibrant pink and yellow sapphires, colorful aquamarine and enamel."
"Since it was founded in 1735, Garrard has worked to ensure that every jewelry piece it creates perfectly showcases the natural beauty of each diamond and gemstone," said Scott when asked which piece is her favorite in the collection. "The iconic cluster setting that defines the 1735 collection is one such design. The motif has been used to great effect in pieces throughout Garrard’s heritage, from the sapphire brooch gifted to Queen Victoria from Prince Albert, through to the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring today. It is for those reasons that Garrard’s 1735 double cluster ring set with a central oval sapphire and round white diamonds is my most loved piece from our engagement ring collection."
When asked for her thoughts on the current biggest trend for engagement rings, Scott said, "Over the last year or so, we have recorded a notable increase in the demand for engagement rings featuring colored stones, such as sapphires, rubies and emeralds. We have also worked closely with a number of clients to create bespoke commissions. Most recently we worked with a client whose family purchased an Art Deco-style jewelry piece from Garrard in the 1920s, featuring six round diamonds. One of these diamonds was then used by their son to create a bespoke engagement ring for his bride-to-be."
Information originally sourced from Harper's Bazaar.