Gillian Packard

ENGAGEMENT AND WEDDING RING

1964

18ct gold, citrine and 18ct gold

Made for Patricia Hicks as sub-editor of Homes & Gardens magazine by Gillian Packard, a distinguished jeweller who set up her own Chelsea business. Packard was the first woman to be made a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company by ‘redemption’ in 1971 (i.e. for her work in the trade as opposed to membership by patrimony or apprenticeship). 

A kite-shaped citrine in a shaped shank with one shoulder polished and another textured; the eye-shaped wedding band also part-polished and part-textured so as to be worn in different combinations. The bold impact is well-shown in the signed design drawing.

This is an early example of an engagement and wedding ring designed to fit together. The pieces are pleasingly worn from wear and were presented in their original box.