Mimi Di N pieces are rare and hard to find, and this superb necklace is a wonderfully unique treasure. Created from scads of clear round rhinestones and huge teardrop shaped rhinestones, this piece makes quite a statement. The large teardrops are open backed to allow a maximum amount of light to shine through, adding tremendous sparkle and shimmer. The frame of the piece fits closely around the neck and then extends a whopping 7 inches down at the longest portion of the bib. The bib spans across a 7 inch width at the widest portion. The necklace measures 13-3/4 inches around the portion that fits around the neckline. Beautifully constructed, the necklace is weighty and substantial, yet still comfortable to wear.
Mimi di Niscemi was born in Palermo, Italy and acquired an extensive education learning the art of jewelry making both in the United States and abroad. She worked part-time for a jewelry manufacturer who produced Schiaparelli jewelry. In the 1950s she partnered with Arnold Scaasi and also worked with Robert DeMario. In the late 50s she worked in New York where she made jewels marked Brania/Mimi di N. She opened her own jewelry firm in 1960 in New York City. I believe, based on the mark on this piece, that it dates to the 1960s.
The necklace is in excellent vintage condition, with all rhinestones present, with some exhibiting some greying. The large teardrops are sparkling and in excellent condition, as is the silver tone metal. This is a rare masterpiece, much lovelier in person than pictures portray.