Andrew Grima

Brooch, made by H.J. Co. Ltd.

1963

Natural topaz set with three diamonds and gold beads, mounted in 18 carat textured cast gold.

The planet Venus was the inspiration for this brooch; Grima translated the surface of the planet into the texture of this jewel, with its gold pellets and deep-set diamonds. It is a highly imaginative creation which respects the stone and shows the fascination with space exploration of the 1960s. Space discoveries launched new celebrities, dreams and fashions and influenced contemporary advertisements. In 1961 the Soviet Union sent Yuri Gagarin into space, while in 1969 five hundred million people watched the American astronaut Neil Armstrong make the first human landing on the moon: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”