Joseph Masaniello modernist silver jewelry
Joseph Masaniello modernist silver jewelry (late 1940s – 1970s)
New York based silversmith of Italian origin, Joseph Masaniello (1908 – 1979) was one of the renowned artisans and modernist jewelers of the late 1940s – early 70s. Following the traditions of the Arts and Crafts movement, he nevertheless created his own jewelry designs, which were more geometric and modernist. Noteworthy, calla lily designs became the hallmark of most of his works.
When handcrafting bracelets, brooches, pins, rings and earrings, the jeweler traditionally used sterling silver. Also, natural gemstones such as onyx, jade, moonstone, agate, as well as glass. He signed his pieces with a conjoined ‘JM’ for Joseph Masaniello and “Sterling”.
Today, jewelry created by Joseph Masaniello is rare and highly collectible.