Jeweller Laings has continued its long-term commitment to philanthropy, creating a bespoke necklet for a charity prize.
It was made to help raise funds for Jackie Stewart’s charity, Race Against Dementia.
Jackie Stewart was nicknamed ‘The Flying Scot’ for his time in Formula One in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The Dunbartonshire native, now 83, is also known for his charity Race Against Dementia.
Now Scottish jeweller Laings has unveiled a 2ct diamond-and-sapphire necklet influenced by the Scottish landscape, with a thistle- and stag-inspired centrepiece, in honour of the charity.
It was commissioned as a prize for the clay pigeon shooting event held as part of the Sir Jackie Stewart Classic Festival of Motoring at Thirlestane Castle, a new classic car festival.
The event was held in aid of Race Against Dementia – the charity founded by Sir Jackie to raise money for research into prevention and treatment for dementia, a disease that affects 50 million people worldwide including his beloved wife, Helen.
The new one-off piece, which features over 100 diamonds and two blue sapphires – which represent the Saltire – was unveiled to 150 VIP guests at Thirlestane Castle on Friday to kick off the charity celebrations.
Stewart’s relationship with the jeweller dates all the way back to 1974, when he gifted his wife a custom choker on her 33rd birthday.
Sarah Alexandar, lead designer at Laings who conceptualised the piece, said: “Over the last 30 years I’ve worked on high-profile pieces for Laings, from the Queen’s Golden Jubilee to the Millennium link for the Lord Provost’s chain of office, but it was an honour to have been asked to work with Sir Jackie Stewart to produce a beautiful piece of jewellery for an amazing couple and such a worthy cause.
“I have always been aware that the relationship between Sir Jackie and Laings dates back decades – not least because the newspaper cutting from the 1974 commission still adorns the showroom wall today. That’s why it was important for us to create a truly exceptional piece that can be cherished for generations.
“We repurposed the round sapphire which had previously taken pride of place in Laings’ 175 necklet made to celebrate Laings’ 175-year anniversary and impressive feat as Scotland’s oldest family jeweller. It felt right that this special stone should be the centre piece for this bespoke commission – an extra special symbol of the enduring link between Sir Jackie Stewart and Laings.”