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1921
       
     
1921

Andrew Grima is born in Rome on May 31st.  He is the first child of John Grima and Leopoldina Farnese.

1926
       
     
1926

Andrew moves to England with his family.  Seen here behind his father with brothers Frank, Charles and Godfrey and sister Mary.

1940-1945
       
     
1940-1945

Andrew volunteers for the British Army, serving on the North West Frontier and in Burma with the Warwickshires.  He ends the war as a Major in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME).

1946
       
     
1946

Andrew joins H J Company working for Franz Haller, adopted father of Helène, whom Andrew marries in 1947.  In 1952, he takes over H J Company on the death of his father-in-law.

1961
       
     
1961

Andrew and his craftsmen at H J Company cast models for various artists for the 'International Exhibition of Modern Jewellery 1890-1961' held at the Goldsmiths' Hall.  Alongside these, Andrew exhibits six of his own designs.

1964
       
     
1964

Andrew wins three De Beers Diamonds International Awards and is elected Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

1966
       
     
1966

Andrew wins one De Beers Diamonds International Award,  the Queen's Award for Export and the Duke of Edinburgh Prize for Elegant Design. He is the only jeweller ever to win this accolade. The Duke gives the Queen a carved ruby and diamond brooch from the winning collection.

1966
       
     
1966

Andrew opens his first shop at 80 Jermyn Street in London's St. James's, designed by his architect brothers, George and Godfrey. The shopfront is a large screen designed by sculptor Bryan Kneale RA and formed from slabs of slate bolted to a framework of steel. The massive cast aluminium door is designed by another RA sculptor, Geoffrey Clarke. A perspex spiral staircase leads to the basement. The first of its kind, the staircase is engineered by Peter Rice (Ove Arup & Partners) who incidentally worked on the Sydney Opera House in 1963.

1967
       
     
1967

HRH Princess Margaret commissions Andrew to make a brooch from a piece of lichen she found at Balmoral.

© Norman Parkinson Archive

1969
       
     
1969

Omega commissions Andrew to design a collection of watches. About Time is arguably the most important and certainly one of the most dazzling and original watch collections ever made.  About Time is first shown at Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan.

1970
       
     
1970

Andrew receives the Royal Warrant from HM Queen Elizabeth II.

He launches the Opal and Pearl collection on 7th December. The conventional ideal for pearls at the time is a string of perfectly round and uniformly coloured spheres.  Similarly, opal jewellery is typically designed around a symmetrical cabochon in a conventional setting. Both intrinsically beautiful but both neglected as subject matter by the world's finest jewellery designers. As the Grima press release explains: 'Pearls and opals have for long been cast aside among the faded twinsets and hat pins of yesterday...this is a collection designed to stimulate new concepts of the mysterious opal and pearl.'

1971
       
     
1971

With a burgeoning customer base in America, Andrew opens his New York gallery in Georg Jensen on Madison Avenue.  

1971
       
     
1971

Andrew launches the Rock Revival collection on September 29th at his Jermyn Street shop.

The collection is based on the idea that nature's works of art are impossible to improve upon.  Andrew's task is simply to frame them in gold. The rocks in question come from all over the world and are chosen for colour, form and texture above any intrinsic value.

1972
       
     
1972

Andrew opens his shop in Rose Bay, Sydney in partnership with Prouds.

1972
       
     
1972

Andrew is commissioned by HM Queen Elizabeth II to design a brooch to give as a present to Madame Pompidou on a state visit to France.

1972
       
     
1972

'Grima goes to sea and comes up with a dazzling collection of jewellery and objets d'art.' In Supershells, shells are studded with precious stones or highlighted with diamonds as necklaces, brooches, rings, earclips and other jewels. Shells again are used for objets d'art and include a seagull perched on a polished agate, a sea lion balancing ruby and sapphire balloons and brilliant lime green and yellow shells enmeshed in a white gold web in the centre of a crystallised agate geode.

1973
       
     
1973

Andrew took advantage of the South American leg of the worldwide tour of the Omega About Time collection to visit Brazil. Here he found a plentiful array of unusual and interesting stones and minerals including sticks of tourmaline and emerald, crystallised agate and quartz, moss agate, aquamarine and specularite. These exotic ingredients form the basis of the Sticks and Stones collection which makes its debut in London before moving to New York, Zurich and finally Tokyo.

1974
       
     
1974

Andrew opens his shop in Zurich.  Designed by his architect brothers George and Godfrey, the façade is made from the salvaged hull of an old clipper ship.

1974
       
     
1974

Andrew revisits the pearl for the last of his great themed collections. A Tale of Tahiti once again challenges the traditional 'twinset' role of pearls in jewellery.  Perfect match of size and colour is replaced by irregular shapes and the mixing of different colours.

© Willie Christie

1975
       
     
1975

Andrew meets Jojo Maughan-Brown, great-granddaughter of Sir Thomas Cullinan, founder of the Premier diamond mine in South Africa.

1976
       
     
1976

After the success ofAbout Time for Omega, Andrew is commissioned to design a collection of watches for Pulsar, inventors of the digital watch.

1977
       
     
1977

Andrew and Jojo are married on the 20th of December

1980
       
     
1980

Francesca Farnese Grima is born on the 22nd of March

1986
       
     
1986

The family moves to Switzerland and opens shops in Lugano and later in Gstaad.

1991
       
     
1991

The Goldsmiths' Hall hosts a retrospective of Andrew's work to celebrate his 70th brithday.

1998
       
     
1998

Francesca joins the family business.

© Gemma Levine

2007
       
     
2007

HM Queen Elizabeth II wears her Grima ruby and diamond brooch during her Christmas Message. Andrew dies in Gstaad the following day, aged 86.

2012
       
     
2012

Jojo and Francesca move the Grima business back to London.

2014
       
     
2014

Grima exhibits at Masterpiece for the first time.

2015
       
     
2015

A step-cut 2.97ct greyish-blue diamond ring by Andrew Grima at Bonhams attracts frantic bidding which sees the final price soar to over twice the pre-sale estimate, setting a new world record for a Fancy greyish-blue diamond.  It also achieves a second world record as the highest sum ever paid for a Grima jewel.

2017
       
     
2017

Bonhams hold a sale of the largest private collection of Grima jewellery ever to come to the market. Creating worldwide interest from the press with prominent articles in The Daily Telegraph and The New York Times , each and every piece is sold.