1/05/2012 Jewellery, Contemporary Art & Design
Our 14th September Twentieth Century Design sale will include a stunning collection of Andrew Grima (1921-2007) bespoke jewellery. Born in Rome in 1921, Grima came to jewellery design in 1946, after nearly five years as an engineer with the 7th Indian Division in Burma. He joined his future father-in-law's jewellery business in London, where he assumed design responsibilities.
Grima became the foremost modern jewellery designer in the West End of London in the 1960s and 1970s, selling designs from his exclusive gallery in Jermyn Street, Mayfair. He also designed watches for Omega. Grima was interested in the organic possibilities of jewellery design and created pieces resembling objects found in nature; a piece of lichen sent to him by HRH Princess Margaret, was cast in yellow gold, offset with brilliant-cut diamonds and transformed into a brooch. Grima died in Gstaad on 26 December 2007.