Collectors' corner: Mahnaz Collection

Mahnaz Collection: Last September, Francesca Grima, design heir to jeweller Andrew Grima, told Wallpaper* of her father’s renowned aesthetic: ‘He always chose textured gold over polished gold. Many of his designs have a large semi-precious stone as the protagonist and textured gold surrounding it.’ Imagine our delight, then, at finding a first class example of Grima’s aesthetic as part of ‘London Originals’, an exhibition made up of Mahnaz Collection’s archive of jewels which came out of the city between the Sixties and Eighties. The exhibition, on display at the Wright Gallery in Manhattan, features over 100 works by designers including Grima, Charles de Temple and George Weil. Mahnaz Collection is one of the largest collectors of Grima, and we think a particular treasure from its trove is this graphic and chunky white gold ring. Set with a tourmaline diamond and its centre, the ring surrounded by agate, its strata forming rectangular outlines around the trillon-cut gemstone.  ‘London Originals’ is on view at the Wright Gallery until 11 May.


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