Designed as a stylized flower head, this ring highlights Grima’s post-war innovative techniques emphasizing organic and abstract designs versus the figurative forms of before. This ring seems as modern today as it was when it was made in 1970.
It is set with 31 single-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.77 carats mounted in 18k yellow gold.
- 18k carat yellow gold
- Approximately 0.77 carats of diamonds
- Weighs 9.1 grams
- Signed “Grima” with “HJCo” maker’s mark
- Full British hallmarks for London
- Made in 1970
- Size 7
Andrew Grima was one of the most influential jewelry designers of the post-war period. He helped spearhead the mid-century British art jewelry movement and revitalize an industry decimated by World War II deprivations. Entirely self-taught, he rose to prominence in the 1960s, with his sculptural style capturing the free spirit of the times.
In 1966 Grima's work came to the attention of the royal family after Lord Snowden purchased several pieces for Princess Margaret, most notably the Balmoral Lichen Brooch. That same year Prince Phillip gave the Queen a carved ruby and diamond brooch (known as the Ruby Venus Brooch) that she wore frequently throughout the years, most notably in her 70th wedding anniversary official portrait. Princess Anne also commissioned a pair of pearl, diamond and gold detachable ear drops from Grima in 1969. These ear drops are stylistic relatives to our gold and diamond ring, with Grima's characteristic textured yellow gold surfaces and jagged, free-form edges.
The hallmarks date the piece to the late 1960s.