SOLITAIRE MAGAZINE / by Francesca Grima

"Influential jeweller Andrew Grima (1921-2007) once set diamonds in million-year-old petrified wood. For another piece, he had picked up leaves and sticks from the woods and cast them in gold.  Though he did not study the art of jewellery making, his radical creations quickly stirred interest among royalties, the social elite, popular artists and celebrities during the 1960s and 70s.  And Grima’s unique voice still echoes in contemporary works seen today.  

Wife Jojo, and daughter Francesca continue to honour the artist’s legacy, introducing new creations, as well as contemporary interpretations. Intriguing pieces relect exquisite goldsmithing and craftsmanship, and only 20 to 30 pieces are produced each year.  Wearable sculptures are painted with coloured gemstones, such as watermelon or blue tourmalines, fire or blue opals, coral, peridots and South Sea pearls. The Grima signature however, is deined by using precious and semi-precious gemstones as an accent, and rarely as a centrepiece.  

New and original pieces will go on display at Art Antiques London this month. A necklace, seen above, is crafted in green agate and diamonds set in white gold. It stunned many during the Pavillon des Arts et du Design show in Paris earlier this year. Francesca Grima says: “The thing about Grima is that almost nobody has heard the name…but those that have tend to be the people who matter.”