Whimsical and fun buckle from Mimi di Niscemi! This set is quite large and features a pair of mice who hook together as shown. Each mouse measures close to four inches in length! The signature and date (1972) can be found on each piece. What a fantastic find! There is some wear noted to the gold plating where the mice buckle together and a bit of wear on the edge of their ears, but it looks more noticeable in the photos than under a loupe. According to Katerina Mesetti, in her book entitled "The Art of Juliana Jewelry" (2008), these buckles were made by DeLizza and Elster (also known for making Juliana jewelry).
Ms. di Niscemi was a graduate of the Philadelphia Museum School and School of Applied Arts in Paris. She set up a company in 1962 in NYC where she produced jewelry as well as an archive of designs. In 1968 she won one of 35 prizes offered by the Great Designers in Costume Jewelry Awards sponsored by D. Swarovski. Her jewelry was made between 1962-1970's.