To mark the 40th anniversary of legendary British couturier Catherine Walker & Co, Gismondi 1754 has created a beautiful butterfly pendant, with a percentage of sales going to support a very special cause
Catherine Walker & Co and Italian jeweller Gismondi1754 have collaborated on a very special piece of jewellery to mark the internationally renowned London couture house’s 40th anniversary.
The Butterfly is a delicate necklace comprising natural rubies with a navette-cut diamond as centrepiece. Feminine and beautiful to wear, the design is also a tribute to the Catherine Walker butterfly – the motif that features on the label’s logo to represent the W of Walker.
The limited edition ruby and diamond “Butterfly” necklace costs £2,500 and 20 per cent of each sale will be donated to Breast Cancer Haven. This is the charity that was established by Sara Davenport. Catherine Walker & Co was a founder sponsor and continues to support its national centres that provide emotional, practical and physical help to people living with breast cancer.
The desire of the two brands to join forces dates back to last year and their respective creative directors – Massimo Gismondi and Said Cyrus – collaborated on this very special design.
Massimo Gismondi says: “From my very first conversation with Said, I felt a special connection with Catherine Walker & Co and we explored together how to create a piece that represents a little of what we both stand for – excellence in craft.”
And Said Cyrus says: “It has been such an honour to have Massimo personally design the piece. The butterfly is a motif I chose a while ago for Catherine Walker & Co as it felt like a fitting representation of what we do, embracing elegance and grace. There is also a delicacy and fragility to a butterfly’s movements which, on a more personal level, reminds me of my late wife.”
About Catherine Walker
Catherine Walker was founded in 1977 and quickly gained a worldwide reputation for exceptional Savile Row-style tailoring and elegance, also winning multiple fashion awards. Today, the Chelsea-based design house – under the creative direction of Catherine Walker’s husband Said Cyrus – continues to produce two collections a year, including evening, cocktail and wedding dresses. catherinewalker.com
Italian jewellery house Gismondi1754 was founded in Genoa and registered with its local goldsmith association in 1793. It has continued under the stewardship of the Gismondi family since that time, and today creative direction is under Massimo Gismondi. It has stores across the world, including a branch in London’s Mayfair. The limited-edition Butterfly necklace is available exclusively from its stores. gismondi1754.com