Sir Jackie Stewart Necklace

Laings relationship with Sir Jackie Stewart dates back to the late 1960s, when the racing legend befriended Laings with a shared love of craftsmanship. At the time, Sir Jackie was one of the most acclaimed celebrities and almost 60 years later is still one of the United Kingdom’s greatest ever sport stars.

A key milestone in this cherished relationship took place in 1974 when Sir Jackie gifted a Laings necklace to his wife, Lady Helen Stewart. To mark his retirement from Formula 1 racing, Sir Jackie presented Lady Helen with a choker on her 33rd birthday. The design featured 3 rows of pearls for his 3 World Champion titles, 27 rubies for his 27 Grand Prix wins and 99 diamonds for the 99 Grand Prix he entered – an encapsulation of a truly accomplished career.

Sir Jackie and Laings reunited to design a necklace for the Jackie Stewart Classic in 2022. This event was held to raise funds for Race Against Dementia, Sir Jackie’s charity which is inspired by Lady Helen’s own battle with dementia. Daring, bold and dramatic, the very elements that are the cornerstones of a fast-paced Formula 1 race are the same components that drove the inspiration behind the design. Influenced by the rugged Scottish landscape, the magnificent thistle and stag-inspired centrepiece commands attention, with over 100 diamonds and blue sapphires representing the saltire and the racer’s homeland.