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Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry

Flower enameled thistle brooch with clear and purple tiny rhinestones, light enamel wear

Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry. Enameled thistle brooch with clear and purple tiny rhinestones, light enamel wear

History of Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry, exceptional in quality and design, began in sunny Naples, Italy in 1884. Inherited the family business, Ralph de Rosa, a hereditary jeweler successfully conducted his business until 1905. As a man who wanted to significantly expand his own horizons, in the beginning of the last century, he left for America – “the land of opportunities”. Despite all the difficulties awaiting immigrant started from scratch. He founded the company under his own name already in 1934 – the Ralph DeRosa Company. The next year, already in 1935, the first collection of the master – “Meeting in Venice” saw the light. The collection was dedicated to one of the most subtle, complex, romantic Crafts – Venetian lace.

Flower enameled thistle brooch illustration

Flower enameled thistle brooch illustration

Despite all the technology allows the lace on an industrial scale, the best designer of the world is going for hand-made lace – magical and nothing on similar.

DeRosa fur clip with orange and green enamel, clear rhinestones and artificial pearls

Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry. fur clip with orange and green enamel, clear rhinestones and artificial pearls

DeRosa original design art work for a brooch or clip

DeRosa original design art work for a brooch or clip

Over the next 7 years, until the death of the romantic jeweler, Ralph DeRosa repeatedly returns to the subject of the Venetian lace – complicating the work, achieving great effects, bringing to perfection and flawless performance. When Ralph DeRosa died in the early 1940s, his wife and his daughters continued to run the company. DeRosa manufactured jewelry for many companies including Elsa Schiaparelli.

DeRosa art work design

DeRosa art work design

DeRosa sterling cream and green enameled floral fur clip

DeRosa sterling cream and green enameled floral fur clip

These ornaments in nature can not be called jewelry – fine jewelry is raised to the level of perfection. DeRosa jewelry is not easy to find. This firm made jewelry in New York City from the mid-1930’s until the 1970’s, but their 1940’s jewelry is the best.

DeROSA art work design

DeROSA art work design

DeROSA purple enameled lily earrings

DeROSA purple enameled lily earrings

Making De Rosa Jewelry began from hand painted illustrations by the Company’s several different artists and designers. The collection of over 500 illustrations dated in the 1940’s, many included hand written instructions how each piece would be produced. These illustrations illuminate the thought processes and design sense that turned into the jewelry itself.

Ralph DeRosa Amethyst And Pearl Fur Clip

Ralph DeRosa Amethyst And Pearl Fur Clip

Ralph DeRosa Amethyst And Pearl Fur Clip

Ralph DeRosa Amethyst And Pearl Fur Clip

Ralph DeRosa jewelry – heavy floral brooches with rhinestones and or enameling. Combinations of simulated pearls and rhinestones. Unusual designs and choice of stones. Sterling vermeil. Founded by Ralph DeRosa, the company was based in New York, NY from 1934 – 1970. Their sterling pieces were made during WWII from 1942 until around 1949.

Ralph DeRosa bouquet of violets

Ralph DeRosa bouquet of violets

violets. Ralph DeRosa art work design

violets. Ralph DeRosa art work design

Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry and illustration

Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry and illustration

Red roses clip with enameling and rhinestones

Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry. Red roses clip with enameling and rhinestones

Ralph DeRosa fur clip

Ralph DeRosa fur clip

Ralph DeRosa enameled and rhinestone fur clip

Ralph DeRosa enameled and rhinestone fur clip

Ralph DeRosa fur clip illustration

Ralph DeRosa fur clip illustration

Ralph DeRosa fur clip with deep blue, pale yellow and clear unfoiled and foiled rhinestones set in gilt silver metal, signed 'R DeRosa' on the back, circa 1940

Ralph DeRosa fur clip with deep blue, pale yellow and clear unfoiled and foiled rhinestones set in gilt silver metal, signed ‘R DeRosa’ on the back, circa 1940

Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry

Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry

Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry illustration

Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry illustration

DeRosa red glass grapes illustration

DeRosa red glass grapes illustration

Ralph DeRosa red glass grapes fur clip with green enameled leaves and clear rhinestone accents all set in gold tone

Ralph DeRosa red glass grapes fur clip with green enameled leaves and clear rhinestone accents all set in gold tone

Ralph DeRosa enameled fish fur clip

Ralph DeRosa enameled fish fur clip

Ralph DeRosa enameled fish fur clip

Ralph DeRosa enameled fish fur clip

Ralph DeRosa fur clip. Courtesy of Tammy Hellberg

Ralph DeRosa fur clip. Courtesy of Tammy Hellberg

Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry

Ralph DeRosa costume jewelry

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