Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, often happy to experiment with more avant-garde jewellery choices, wore an Andrew Grima brooch for her platinum wedding anniversary portrait with her husband, the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in November 2017. Photo: AFP Photo/Buckingham Palace/Camerapress
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, often happy to experiment with more avant-garde jewellery choices, wore an Andrew Grima brooch for her platinum wedding anniversary portrait with her husband, the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in November 2017. Photo: AFP Photo/Buckingham Palace/Camerapress

What defines avant garde jewellery? Discerning high jewellery clients are snapping up statement pieces by Cartier, Chanel, Van Cleef & Arpels and Boucheron – but independent designers are leading the pack

  • Andrew Grima, who was favoured by Queen Elizabeth, revolutionised jewellery design with abstract, sculptural pieces in the 1960s and 70s
  • Now, demand for bold jewellery is rising again – a throwback to ‘art as jewellery’ created by Picasso and Dali

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, often happy to experiment with more avant-garde jewellery choices, wore an Andrew Grima brooch for her platinum wedding anniversary portrait with her husband, the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in November 2017. Photo: AFP Photo/Buckingham Palace/Camerapress
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, often happy to experiment with more avant-garde jewellery choices, wore an Andrew Grima brooch for her platinum wedding anniversary portrait with her husband, the late Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh in November 2017. Photo: AFP Photo/Buckingham Palace/Camerapress
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