Kaleidoscope effect

Jewellery kaleidoscope

Signed FC Frascarolo bestiary jewelry

Signed FC Frascarolo bestiary jewelry

Basset Hound Dog brooch. 18 K gold, diamond, enamel, ruby, black onyx. 1960s. Signed FC Frascarolo bestiary jewelry

Signed FC Frascarolo bestiary jewelry (1946-1976)
The history of the Italian jewelry brand Frascarolo began after the Second World War and ended in 1976.
Italian jewelry designer Pierino Frascarolo (1928–1976), aka Rino was born into a wealthy family in Milan. In 1945 he began his career as an apprentice at Fratelli Lunati. Already in 1946, together with his two colleagues Aldo Lenti (1910-1982) and Daniele Valiera (1912-1978), 20 year-old Rino founded “Frascarolo and C” in Ferrara, northern Italy.
Since 1966, the company specialized in the design of animals in gemstones, enamel and gold. A small team of 20 designers, artists and jewelers created unique designs for brooches, rings, earrings, bracelets, necklaces, cufflinks and tie clips. The greatest success, especially in the United States, was the “Bestiario” collection, with designs of birds, small mammals and large cats. Also, the company produced money clips, key rings, watches, lighters, lipsticks and even umbrella handles.
Strong demand for the company’s jewelry led to business expansion and a doubling of the workforce. In addition, Frascarolo & Co. Inc. was opened in 1970 in New York.
However, despite great success and prosperity, for many reasons, the company ceased to exist in the 1970s. The collapse of the company was influenced by the departure of iconic employees such as the Tizzani brothers, and then Aldo Lenti, not to mention the tragic death of Pierino Frascarolo himself in 1976.

Beaver brooch. 18 K gold, diamonds, enamel, onyx

Beaver brooch. 18 K gold, diamonds, enamel, onyx

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

Signed FC Frascarolo bestiary jewelry

Cat brooch. 18 K gold, blue enamel, diamonds, ruby

Cat brooch. 18 K gold, blue enamel, diamonds, ruby

Duckling brooch. 18 K gold, enamel, diamonds, ruby

Duckling brooch. 18 K gold, enamel, diamonds, ruby

Easter bunny rabbit brooch. 18 K gold, ruby, diamond

Easter bunny rabbit brooch. 18 K gold, ruby, diamond

Fish brooch. 18 K gold, enamel

Fish brooch. 18 K gold, enamel

Flying owl brooch. Diamonds, chalcedony, 18k gold, enamel

Flying owl brooch. Diamonds, chalcedony, 18k gold, enamel

Horse hinged bangle. 18 K gold, diamonds, rubies, enamel

Horse hinged bangle. 18 K gold, diamonds, rubies, enamel

Jaguar clip earrings. 18K yellow gold, multicolored enamel, diamond and emerald

Jaguar clip earrings. 18K yellow gold, multicolored enamel, diamond and emerald

Leopard brooch from 'ferocious bestiary' collection. Diamonds, rubies, blue, white and red enamel, 18k gold. 1960

Leopard brooch from ‘ferocious bestiary’ collection. Diamonds, rubies, blue, white and red enamel, 18k gold. 1960

Lion brooch. 18 K gold, red enamel, diamonds, green onyx

Lion brooch. 18 K gold, red enamel, diamonds, green onyx

Mouse brooch. 18 K gold, enamel, diamonds, emeralds, sapphire. 4 cm

Mouse brooch. 18 K gold, enamel, diamonds, emeralds, sapphire. 4 cm

Puppy brooch. 18 K gold, sapphire, onyx, enamel, diamonds

Puppy brooch. 18 K gold, sapphire, onyx, enamel, diamonds

Sheep brooch. 18 K gold, diamonds, enamel, emerald

Sheep brooch. 18 K gold, diamonds, enamel, emerald

Tiger’s head necklace and rings. Enameled yellow and black gold, ruby, diamonds

Tiger’s head necklace and rings. Enameled yellow and black gold, ruby, diamonds

Toucan brooch. 18 K gold, red enamel, ruby, diamonds

Toucan brooch. 18 K gold, red enamel, ruby, diamonds

Whimsical zebra brooch. 18 K gold, ruby, diamonds, enamel

Whimsical zebra brooch. 18 K gold, ruby, diamonds, enamel