Ca. 1976- Long and tapering silver handle set with six repeating vertical rows of oval and calibrated blue shimmering moonstones on the side and three identical cabochons on the top. Ebony shaft with brownish hues and a horn ferrule. A striking design and aesthetic appeal as well as its fascinating history with glitz draw widespread attention. Indeed, it is a unique and bespoke piece handmade in Britain by the multi award winner Andrew Grima as a present to Colin Christopher Paget Tennant, 3rd Baron Glenconner for his 50th birthday. It was sourced in a Swiss private collection and believed to have been given by Glenconner to the Iranian parents of the vendor. Intact and only in need of a detailed surface cleaning.
H. 6 ¼” x 1 ½”, O.L. 37 ¼”
Born to an immensely rich Victorian industrial family, Colin Christopher Paget Tennant, 3rd Baron Glenconner (1 December 1926-27 August 2010) was a British aristocrat. He used his wealth to live an eccentric lifestyle of self-indulgence from the 1940s to his death in 2010. He bought the private island of Mustique in the West Indies and made it one of the most exclusive destinations for the famous royalty, film and pop stars, international businessmen and jet-setters flocked there. His parties were legendary. He was an original member of the Princess Margaret set (even suggested as a possible husband) and her visits to the island were always newsworthy.
Andrew Grima's daring imaginative and charismatic designs made him a revolutionary of 1960s British jewelry. Entirely self-taught, Roman-born Grima (31, Mai 1921 in Rom, † 26, December 2007 in Gstaad) studied mechanical engineering in London before joining the Royal Engineers during World War II. After the war, Grima begins work in the accounts division of his father-in-law’s jewelry firm in London before moving into the design department.
The flamboyant designer drove an Aston Martin and sketched ideas on the back of menus at Annabel's. He became friends with the Snowdon set, joining photographer Earl "Tony" and Princess "Maggie" Margaret at the epicentre of the London arts world. His exotic-looking shop on Jermyn Street (the heart of Gentleman’s club land St James's) became a hub on the Swinging London scene.
Edgy and exciting, Grima gathered a cult following of celebrity. He became the go-to society jeweler to the elite. Prince Philip gifted Queen Elizabeth a ruby and diamond brooch, while Princess Margaret, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Ursula Andress and Estée Lauder were among his clients.
He captured the spirit of the moment - his jewelry was edgy and exciting as it was so different from anything that came before. He understood that bold, bodacious and experimental was the real departure from the cocktail jewelry of the Fifties and he let his imagination run wild.