the scrolled ribbon and garland design set to the centre with two brilliant-cut diamonds weighing approximately 2.00 carats and 0.45 carats respectively, highlighted with a similarly cut diamond drop weighing approximately 0.90 carats, enhanced with a diamond-set foliate garland supporting two diamond-set articulated tassels decorated with four similarly cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.55 carats, 0.80 carats, 1.25 carats and 1.50 carats respectively
Barbara Grimwade (nee Kater) was born into an old pastoral family in New South Wales and in her youth became a champion equestrian. Although trained as a physiotherapist, she had a life long love of art and jewellery which was always combined with a strong interest in fashion and dress design.
Lady Grimwade travelled extensively with her husband, Sir Andrew Grimwade, representing Australia at international conferences at such diverse locations as Berlin, Helsinki and Brussels. Her jewellery was worn on these occasions and also whilst on official visits to the White House and 10 Downing Street.
Her husband was a long-serving President of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria and at the many Gallery and State functions she attended her jewellery and dresses were much admired.
After her death, a number of her costumes and dresses were acquired by the National Gallery of Victoria, whilst the bulk of her clothing collection was presented to the Ararat Regional Gallery of Victoria.
Her jewellery has passed by descent to the family and, for the first time, selected pieces are now being offered for sale.
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