The Queen’s Jeweler
Andrew Grima was born on May 31, 1921 in Rome. He is an Italian jeweler of the XXth century. Very well known in the 60s, he revolutionized the jewelry of that time. He moved very young to England where he became a mechanical engineer.
After the Second World War during which he served in Burma, he worked for his stepfather’s jewelry as an accountant. He then joined the design team before opening his own business.
Recognized jeweler of the 60s and 70s, he won several awards, including 13 DeBeers Diamonds International Awards.
He collaborated with the Watchmaker Omega and created a line of watches, most of them in 18-carat yellow gold with geometric shapes.
The Grima style is quite recognizable. Very graphic and often in yellow gold, it mixes precious and semi-precious stones with a remarkable work of gold. The jeweler had a more artistic than technical approach in his work.
Among the famous clients of the jeweler are large English and American families. Many stars have worn his creations including Barbara Hepworth, Jacqueline Onassis and more recently Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada.
Members of the British royal family often wore some of his pieces, including the Queen which has multiple brooches. Princess Margaret wore many Grima brooches, necklaces or earrings.
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