Vintage Vermeil Pin Brooch and Clip Earrings Set by R De Rosa
This vermeil pin/brooch and clip earrings seem to be part of one of De Rosa’s first collections called ‘Point Venice’.
This set is not fully signed. The pin is signed but not the earrings. The pin is marked ‘Sterling R De Rosa’. The earring clip is marked ‘sterling pat pend’. The set is gold plated sterling silver enameled with black and set with crystal rhinestones. All rhinestones are present; a few have darkened but that does not detract from the appearance. It looks like the original color of the enameling was blue, but was covered over in black. The only way I could tell was by checking the back very carefully with a loupe.
The pin measures 1.67" in diameter and weighs 20.23 grams
Each earring measures 1.08" in diameter and weighs 9.51 grams
Ralph De Rosa founded the Ralph De Rosa Company in NY in 1934. It was a family operated jewelry manufacturing company. The company marketed designs for Schiaparelli and found little time to produce and market their own designs and therefore limited production of their own jewelry lines. Some of their designs were not marked and sold to fine stores using their own hang tag as a mark. The company ceased operations in 1970. Ralph De Rosa jewelry is known for its complex dimensional design and high quality components. This set is inspired by designs used by the precious jewelry of the era. De Rosa jewelry is not easy to find but is certainly worth the search. This New York City firm made jewelry from the mid-1930's until the 1970's, but like many jewelry makers, their 1940's jewelry is the best.
CARE: Clean with soft fabric, or non-abrasive polishing cloth. Avoid direct contact with perfumes, hairspray, and deodorants. Jewelry should be worn after application of cosmetics. Store wrapped in soft fabric or the gift box.
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