Some of the most interesting pieces in the royal jewelry collection were acquired on a dare. Sometime in the early 1960s, Lord Snowdon, British design aficionado
Andrew Grima, respectfully disagreeing, challenged Snowdon with an invitation to his shop on Jermyn Street. It paid off. Princess Margaret can be seen wearing her Grima brooch in a family portrait from 1965, and by 1966 the queen had some Grima in her collection as well. “It’s a clear example of the British monarchy’s effort to support British jewelry,” says historian and jewelry gallery owner Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos.
Jewels from “London Originals” include the work of Andrew Grima.
Truth was, this period was a high point for national treasures, a fact Bartos has seized on for the exhibit “London Originals: The Jeweler’s Art in Radical Times,” to be presented at Mahnaz Collection on 57th Street through May 11. The show focuses on works created by Grima and his contemporaries, including John Donald, Charles de Temple, and Kutchinsky in the 1960s and ’70s.
“They came of age when art, architecture, design, and fashion all changed so dramatically,” Bartos says. “Some of them were trained as goldsmiths, some were architects, some were artists. They all caught the fever of that time. They were looking at small diamonds set in white gold, and they started instead to look at natural materials and geodes and crystals.
They decided they were going to explore scale and form in
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