One does not often come across a De Rosa bracelet, sterling no less, and this one is a beauty and in fantastic condition. The pink, blue, and green crystals are bezel set and open backed. The open back enables light to shine, bringing even more life to the crystals. This bracelet is in superb condition. I believe it was originally vermeil - gold over the silver - as hints of gold color appear here and there. This creates an exquisite patina. The bracelet is elegant and a collector's item that you will reach for again and again. It measures 7 1/2" long and is 7/8" wide. The back of the clasp is marked R. DeRosa and Sterling.
Ralph DeRosa Co. was founded in New York City in 1934 by Ralph DeRosa (1884-1942), an Italian immigrant from a renowned family of jewelers. He had studied design in Naples. After Ralph’s death, the company was run by his wife Elvira, who was also a designer, and daughters Virginia and Theresa. Production ceased by 1970.
DeRosa’s signature style was large-sized costume jewelry produced with techniques typically used in the manufacture of precious jewelry. Pieces typically featured gold-plated metal set with richly colored rhinestones and translucent enameling. Sterling silver was used from 1942 until the end of 1949. DeRosa jewelry was expensive. Until at least 1955, the trademark “R. DE ROSA” in block letters was used. DeRosa costume jewelry is exceptional in quality and design. The jewelry was often unmarked or marked only with paper hang tags. DeRosa signed jewelry is therefore rare and will command high prices. This company was a family run operation. DeRosa manufactured jewelry for many companies including Elsa Schiaparelli.
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