The History Behind Garrard’s Iconic Crown Jewels

Lindsay Judge   |   04-05-2023

British jeweller Garrard was appointed the Crown Jeweller for the British royal family in 1843 and has since created some of the most iconic jewels in history including the Imperial State Crown as worn by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for her coronation.


That same crown will be placed on the head of her son King Charles III this Saturday when he officially becomes King. The Sovereign’s Sceptre and Queen Mary’s Consort Crown (which will be worn by Camilla The Queen Consort) were also created by the jeweller.



 “Garrard has served many kings and queens throughout our history. We are so proud that these historic pieces of regalia, which were crafted in our workshop, will play such a significant role in the coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla.” Says Joanne Milner, CEO of Garrard.



The Coronation of King Charles III will take place at Westminster Abbey in London on Saturday, May 6th where the new King will be crowned alongside the Queen Consort in a ceremony that will be broadcast across the world. The King has promised a modernised coronation, yet it will also be rooted in longstanding traditions and pageantry, including the Coronation Regalia: the sacred objects used during the coronation ceremony.


Garrard has also created a commemorative Aloria jewels set which have been handcrafted in 18-carat white gold with diamonds, set with calibré cut purple amethysts and stamped with the official Coronation Hallmark. These limited-edition pieces, presented in the colour of royalty feature amethysts that trace the heart-shaped Sovereign motif. Inspired by the setting of the Cullinan I diamond at the top of the Sovereign’s Sceptre, the motif is closely entwined with both the history of Garrard and this iconic piece of Coronation regalia.



“Garrard’s craftsmanship in Aloria is as innovative now as it was for the setting of the Cullinan I in the Sovereign’s Sceptre in 1910. It felt only fitting that we pay tribute to our new King with the limited edition Aloria set.” Says Sarah Prentice, Creative Director of Garrard.



The limited edition Aloria collection can be purchased at Garrard’s Albemarle Street store in Mayfair, London, where visitors can also view the Royal ledger that includes the first ever royal commission in 1735, from Frederick, Prince of Wales.