HOT 100 TRENDSETTERS 2015: Sara Prentice

Sara Prentice, creative director, Garrard.

Bond Street has been Sara Prentice’s home away from home for the past 21 years where she has worked in some of the UK’s most renowned high jewellery houses including Cartier, Graff, Fabergé and now Garrard.

So when it came to choosing somewhere to shoot her profile picture, it is no wonder she chose the iconic London road. Commenting on the photo she says: “My style is relaxed but classic, I prefer the drama to be in my designs.”

This year has been a memorable one for the designer, who’s list of achievements include working with Sir Keith Mills and HRH Prince Harry to design and produce medals for the first ever Invictus Games held in London for wounded and injured servicemen.

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On top of this she also overcame her own personal challenges. “I feel very proud to have won my battle against breast cancer with the support of my family and friends whilst not allowing it to slow me down at work,” Sara explains. “I am very determined when I set my mind to something and so I relish all the challenges presented by my role and look forward to what the next year will bring.”

Looking forward Sara wants to build on her team’s successes, creating more unique designs and collections to reflect the heritage, Britishness and fi ne craftsmanship of Garrard.

Sara comments: “When I joined Garrard three years ago the business had a strong heritage of fi ne and high jewellery which was not being showcased. Since then I have built a team of highly experienced high jewellery designers and together we have celebrated Garrard’s rich history with new vibrant and beautiful high jewellery pieces.”

With a positive mind-set and can-do attitude it is no wonder Sara has thrived in her career. However, it is not all work and no play. Sara is keen to entertain, describing her home as “the hub of many gatherings of family and friends”.

When not entertaining, Sara can’t help but use her creativity, confessing her latest project is all about interiors. She says: “We have recently moved house to a barn conversion in the Kent countryside so I have a new project to work on. I love to plan and decorate the interior of all the houses I’ve moved to, sourcing furniture to fi t the space and working out colour schemes to fit our lifestyle, if I had not been so successful as a jewellery designer I would have liked to become an interior designer.”

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