Whatever happens between now and December, Elizabeth Galton will always look upon 2016 as one of the most memorable of her jewellery career.
Being appointed a Freeman of the City of London and a RCA Innovation Business Fellow rank as major highlights for the Dorset-born designer, while the launch of Mappin & Webb’s flagship boutique on Regent Street and latest fine jewellery collections was the culmination of endless blood, sweat and tears shed by Elizabeth and her dependable design teams.
“Becoming a Liveryman reflects Mappin & Webb’s commitment to supporting the future of British craftsmanship and a new generation of talent. Our flagship boutique is part of Aurum’s overall strategy to return this much-loved heritage brand back to an international stage,” she says.
One project that is proving to be incredibly exciting is the restoration of Mappin & Webb’s historic archive. As you’d imagine for a company founded in 1775, it harbours an amazing history that throws up revelations all the time.
“We continue to restore Mappin & Webb’s historic archive and uncover stories, designs and illustrious clients, such as Harry ‘Handcuff’ Houdini, Winston Churchill, the Last Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and Queen of France, Marie Antoinette, in our records,” she says.
“The creative and visual merchandising teams are also now committed to launching the brand into 23 wholesale doors with sister brand Goldsmiths, an exciting project within the Aurum Group.”
As a team, says Elizabeth, Mappin & Webb is most proud that its Royal Warrant to Her Majesty The Queen was expanded to include Goldsmiths, Jewellers and Silversmiths.
“I continue to be immensely delighted that the Duchess of Cambridge has worn a number of Mappin & Webb designs inspired by a motif originally worn by the Empress of Siam, which perfectly carries forward our royal history,” she adds.