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William De Lillo vintage costume jewelry

William De Lillo vintage costume jewelry

Butterfly brooch. 1960s. Gold tone alloy, turquoise and purple glass cabochons, rhinestones. William De Lillo vintage costume jewelry

William De Lillo vintage costume jewelry

Born 1925 in Antwerp, Belgium, William deLillo moved to the United States in the 1950s. There he began working as a designer of high end fine jewelry for such iconic companies as Tiffany & Co., Cartier, Harry Winston and Miriam Haskell. At Haskell, he immediately caught the eye of lead designer Robert F. Clark.
An American designer of Belgian origin, William De Lillo, together with his partner Robert F. Clark, opened his own atelier (1967). Ten years after opening his company, in 1978, the designer had a solo exhibition at the New York Metropolitan Museum. There, in addition to the author’s jewelry creations, he exhibited his brutal sculptures of different-sized geometric shapes. Noteworthy, the Baron and Baroness de Rothschild sponsored his fine jewelry exhibition in Paris in 1978.
During his life De Lillo collaborated with such celebrities as Elizabeth Taylor, Neiman Marcus, I. Magnin, and Bonwit Teller. Also, with such couture designers, as Adolfo, Bill Blass and Norman Norell.
Meanwhile, tired of the rhythm of New York life, in 1976 De Lillo returned to France, where he collaborated with Schiaparelli, Chanel, and Nina Ricci fashion houses. However, after the “French break” he again moved to the USA, Arizona, where he worked until the end of his life in 2011. Produced in extremely limited editions, De Lillo jewelry is highly collectible, kept in museums and private collections.

Maltese cross brooch. Gold tone alloy, gold filled, glass. 10 cm. 1970s

Maltese cross brooch. Gold tone alloy, gold filled, glass. 10 cm. 1970s

De Lillo Clark sterling signed

De Lillo Clark sterling signed

William De Lillo vintage costume jewelry

Bead necklace. 1960’s design by Robert F. Clark for William de Lillo. Gold tone, coral and green glass

Bead necklace. 1960’s design by Robert F. Clark for William de Lillo. Gold tone, coral and green glass

Buddha pin and earclips. Sterling silver gold plated, faux pearl, jade, lapis. 1968

Buddha pin and earclips. Sterling silver gold plated, faux pearl, jade, lapis. 1968

Crystal Drop Earrings. Silver tone metal, crystals. 1970s

Crystal Drop Earrings. Silver tone metal, crystals. 1970s

Flower brooch. Turquoise, shell, sterling

Flower brooch. Turquoise, shell, sterling

Four ball shaped gold plated sterling silver earrings. 1970s

Four ball shaped gold plated sterling silver earrings. 1970s

Leaf brooch and earrings. Textured sterling silver. 1970s

Leaf brooch and earrings. Textured sterling silver. 1970s

Modernist gold plated ring

Modernist gold plated ring

Multicolor glass cabochons round shaped brooch

Multicolor glass cabochons round shaped brooch

Pearl, lapis and turquoise dangling clip on earrings

Pearl, lapis and turquoise dangling clip on earrings

Rare floral design brooch. Turquoise and sapphire glass cabochon, rhinestones

Rare floral design brooch. Turquoise and sapphire glass cabochon, rhinestones

Sea shell clip on earrings. Gold tone, 1970s

Sea shell clip on earrings. Gold tone, 1970s

Shoulder brooch. Gold tone metal alloy, gold filled, faux pearls. 11.5 cm. 1970s

Shoulder brooch. Gold tone metal alloy, gold filled, faux pearls. 11.5 cm. 1970s

Star cocktail ring. Sterling silver, rhinestone, pearl. 1970s

Star cocktail ring. Sterling silver, rhinestone, pearl. 1970s

Star wide bracelet. Sterling silver, hand beaded crystals

Star wide bracelet. Sterling silver, hand beaded crystals

Sunflower lucite brooch. 8 cm. 1970s

Sunflower lucite brooch. 8 cm. 1970s

Textured sterling silver brutalist earrings. 1970s

Textured sterling silver brutalist earrings. 1970s

Vintage gold tone clip on earrings

Vintage gold tone clip on earrings

White lucite triple disk collar necklace

White lucite triple disk collar necklace

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