NW3 Visits Garrard Jewellery House in Mayfair

 Garrard Jewellery hosts NW3 Interiors

Garrard, the oldest jewellery house, invited us for a private tour of  “Life through a private lens” exhibition,  recently held at Kensington Palace.

It felt very appropriate as the Queen had just passed away the week before and  to be able to view Royal jewels and some worn by Queen Elizabeth herself was just a delight.

We extended this invitation to our VIP clients,  whom we knew would appreciate this as much as we did.

We love and support Garrard jewellery as we have the same ethos.  Personal client relationships,  hand-made items of impeccable quality and modern, timeless iconic designs.  It was a real pleasure to be able to share this fantastic opportunity with our customers and do something fun outside the usual working hours.

Visting Garrard Flagship store for a private view of the jewellery

First, we met all our VIP clients at the Garrard flagship store in Mayfair. We were greeted by Kevin, who has worked for Garrards for over 6 years and has great knowledge of the history of the vast jewellery collections. Garrard was the first official and most notably important Crown Jeweller of the UK, appointed by Queen Victoria back in 1843. They lost their crown ship in 2007. We looked at their classic collections such as great big jewels that come with ” jackets” as in can transform a ring into more of a costume jewellery for a special event. We also view the current collections, designed by Sara Prentice.

Fanfare collection
Royal collection of Garrard jewels
Garrard’s Princess Diana ring

Afternoon tea and tiaras in Queen Mary’s private room

We then had the great pleasure of enjoying afternoon tea, made by Browns Hotel in London, in this exclusive Queen Mary Suite. We discovered replicas of the exact tiaras worn by the Royals, which we all tried on. You can imagine the fun. We even tried the crown that Queen Elizabeth wore ( it was not very comfortable 😉 )

Tiara trying

Replica tiaras and crowns
Browns Hotel afternoon tea

Gosset Champagne tasting at Kensington Palace

When we arrived at Kensington Palace. We were surprised to discover that we were going to have a Champagne tasting by Gosset, the oldest wine house in Champagne, which began in 1584. Today, the Gosset Champagne cuvées are still presented in the antique flask identical to the one used since the 18th century. This seemed such a perfect fit, considering we had gone back in time and were  already viewing jewels that Queen Victoria wore, Lady Diana, former Queen Elizabeth and now were about to enter the very exhibition it self.

Photographs on display
Queen Elizabeth
Photo albums

Private tour of ‘Life Through a Royal Lens’ exhibition

Life Through a Royal Lens is an exhibition exploring the Royal Family through photography. It brings together some of the most iconic images ever taken of the Royal Family to Kensington Palace. Within it was The Jewel Room. Here the ” real” tiaras were displayed, from Princess Louise’s Diamond necklace Tiara to the tiara Queen Victoria wore. In addition, you can find sketches of the jewellery designs and original orders and ledgers. It was extraordinary. Some of the photographs had never been shown before.

Sketchbook designs
Princess Louise’s Diamond Tiara
More designs in the sketchbook