Andrew Grima, a revolutionary jewellery designer who came to prominence in the 1960s, is known for his naturalistic forms, incredible textured metals and statement designs. He is the only jeweller to have been awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Prize for Elegant Design and his service to industry was recognised with The Queen’s Award for Export.
He won the De Beers Diamonds International Award (the Oscars of jewellery design) a record 13 times and, in 1969, was commissioned by Omega to create one of the most outrageous and daring watch collections ever made. Today, Grima is recognised as one of the greatest modernist jewellery designers, often called the most influential of the post-war period. A benchmark of British art and design, his work is exhibited in Victoria & Albert Museum and in the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.
Owning Grima, however, is a difficult task. Since his death in 2007, his wife Jojo and daughter Francesca continue the tradition of creating highly original handmade jewellery. A limited collection of 20 to 30 pieces is created each year as only a handful of goldsmiths, most of whom have been employed by Grima for over 40 years, possess the skills required to make these unique pieces. The collections are available to view only by appointment, and many are priced at unattainable levels. What then is a Grima enthusiast to do?
New auction house ETRUSCA has an answer in the form of a previously unseen star-sapphire and gold ring, believed to be designed by Grima himself, available to purchase in their auction beginning 5pm on Wednesday 26th July. Described as follows “A magnificent grey star sapphire and diamond dress ring by Andrew Grima in 18ct yellow gold, the central, round, cabochon cut sapphire weighing approximately 31cts, surrounded by an arrangement of five jewelled crescents each set with three graduated diamonds, within a bombe style band structured from an arrangement of textured crescents. Signed ‘GRIMA’ to the inside.
Ring size L / 5.75. Gross weight 23.1g.” It is priced at only £8,000 – 12,000 (plus commission), and is lot 235. Available to view Friday 21 July to Wednesday 26 July.
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