Frank Miraglia modernist silver jewelry
Frank Miraglia modernist silver jewelry (1920s-1963)
The name of New York, NY based jeweler Frank Miraglia (1885-1963) became known in the late 1920s, as a silver costume jewelry maker. Mentioned in The Jewelers’ Circular of 1929, 1941, and 1951, modernist designer Frank Miraglia was one of the greats of the mid-century wearable art movement.
Handcrafting his abstract, geometric and modernist design earrings, brooches and cufflinks, Frank Miraglia traditionally used sterling silver and signed his pieces on the reverse side “F. Miraglia NY Sterling”.
Despite the fact that several reference books on jewelry designs mention the name of Frank Miraglia, there is no biographical information about him. Thus, two reference books “Form & Function” and “Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960: The Wearable Art Movement” by Marbeth Schon feature the designer’s works.
Also, both books by Christie Romero, “Warman’s jewelry: a fully illustrated price guide to 19th and 20th century jewelry” of 1998 and 2002 editions included Frank Miraglia works alongside Frank Rebajes’. Noteworthy, the directory contains a list of jewelers with the dates of birth and death of most of them, but such data is not available next to the name of Frank Miraglia.