Under the hammer: Bonhams will celebrate Andrew Grima's brilliance with a prolific new sale in September, featuring the largest ever private collection by the legendary society jeweller
Fine jeweller Andrew Grima emerged during the 1960s, pioneering a new style of high-glamour, experimental fine jewellery that caught the attention of Lord Snowdon and Jackie Kennedy Onassis. His jewellery gallery on Jermyn Street opened in 1966 and was considered shocking for its time; a seductive, immersive lair of lustrous, daring designs that favoured rough, abstract rocks and sculptural jewels.
In 1966 Grima was granted a Royal Warrant to Queen Elizabeth II, which he held for 20 years, and he counted Princess Margaret, Barbara Hepworth, Elizabeth Taylor and Bond Girl Ursula Andress among clients.Today, Grima’s ground-breaking work stands as a hallmark of high society during the Swinging Sixties and Seventies, and collectors include Miuccia Prada and Marc Jacobs.
Highlights include the About Time watch collection for Omega, considered one of the most original and imaginative watch collections ever made, as well as his exuberant Rock Revival collection, crafted from hulking, uncut and rare gemstone crystals.