Made by Andrew Grima, the charismatic Anglo-Italian jeweller who was regarded as one of the 20th century’s most daring and imaginative designers, the ring is a wonderful early example of the designer’s work.
The striking ring is centered with an emerald-cut diamond weighing 2.11 carats, D colour and VS2 clarity. It sits elegantly in a corner claw setting of 18 carat yellow gold which has been intricately designed in a woven style of gold threads.
The ring was made in 1966, just before the official opening of Andrew Grima’s Jermyn Street shop. Guy Burton of Hancocks London says: “This ring ticks all the boxes. It has an edgy and exciting design, centering on an exceptional diamond which is D in colour – the best you can get. It is signed by Andrew Grima, a jeweller that has become one of the most important names to collect in the last ten years. And finally, it was made in the swinging Sixties, a time when post-war jewellery design really changed, embracing bold, audacious and innovative jewellery.
As well as making pieces for the Royal family, Grima was savvy enough to mingle with the pop culture figures of the day. Ursula Andress modelled for him and wore his jewellery in the movie She while Jean Shrimpton sported an enormous aquamarine on the cover of Vogue’s November 1965 issue.
Guy Burton adds: “Hancocks has a special relationship with the Grima family. As a result, e are particularly excited to have one of Grima’s designs from the early days and we are delighted to now offer this to our clients in the run up to the holiday season.”