One does not often come across a DeRosa bracelet, sterling no less, and this one is a classic beauty. It is oval 2-1/4" by 2" diameter and 1/2" high. Interior circumference is 6-1/4", and 7-3/4" exterior circumference. This bracelet is in excellent condition. The back of the clasp is marked DeRosa and Sterling. It appears that the design is inspired by the classic Greek laurel headdress. In Greek mythology, Apollo is represented wearing a laurel wreath on his head. In ancient Greece wreaths were awarded to victors, both in athletic competitions, including the ancient Olympics, and in poetic meets. There is a row of faux pearls centered around the laurel. There is a security chain and the clasp is secure. What an elegant design!
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. 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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