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Being a Crown jeweler is a meaningful commitment. Being the oldest jewelry house in the world is a responsibility. Once you’ve become great and known - you have to keep your head up always, especially, when you have to keep it up to the Kings.
For 280 years Garrard and Co. have been known as the Crown Jewelers. Chosen by Queen Victoria in 1843 to the position mentioned above, the House of Garrard had made numerous amount of jewelry and had dealt with famous jewels.
Until 2007, when it was “simply a time for a change” and the House of Garrard was no longer the Crown Jewelers. After 166 years, a being of Royal Jeweller ended. Nevertheless, its history remains unfaded.
In 1911 Garrard’s made the Imperial Crown of India. Its weight was 920 g, it was set with precious stones, which included rubies, emeralds, sapphires and 6,1000 diamonds with an Indian ruby in the center of a crown. Later that year they created one of the most famous crowns - the Crown of Queen Mary for her coronation. It was customized in a special way - the arches could be removed, so the crown transformed into a circlet. It contained 2,200 diamonds. Most of the stones were used in 1937, for the Crown of Queen Elizabeth, the wife of her son, King George VI. It is also known as The Queen Mother's Crown and the only monarch’s headwear to be made of platinum.
Perhaps, the most notable part of this story leads to the Koh-i-Noor diamond that is set in the Queen Elizabeth’s Crown. One of the most famous diamonds in the history. It is still unknown, where it was found, but times gets us back to the 13th century. It had a few owners, before making it through to British royal family. Rumors were about that Koh-i-Noor was bringing the bad luck to men, so it was worn only by female members of a family. Garrard and Co. were honored to make a re-cutting the Koh-i-Noor diamond into a brilliant. They did it in the best possible way.
What is fame after all? Having a name remained in history: Garrard - The Crown Jewellers.