Andrew Grima’s Sunburst Brooch

My choice of this striking brooch links to a darling of the 2019/2020 film awards – Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It was the creation half a century ago of the innovative British jewellery designer Andrew Grima (1921 – 2007), who led modern jewellery design in the UK in the 60s and the 70s. His clients included the Kennedys and the British Royal family. It has been said that Grima’s hallmark style with its combination of gold and coloured gems was born when he saw a collection of unusual gems, but so far, I have been unable to substantiate this appealing tale.