Robert DeMario founded his company in New York City in the mid 1940's. DeMario closed its doors on or about 1965, and Robert DeMario retired to Florida. Since the company's production was limited, and not in large quantities, DeMario jewelry is in short supply and highly collectible. During those years he produced exquisite pieces. The hand wiring and beading with pearl details were very similar to those by Miriam Haskell but it seems that the claim that he worked for her is incorrect. DeMario did however work for other New York companies before venturing out on his own during the 40's.
One of DeMario's designers was Mimi di N, who joined him for a short period in 1959. De Mario's jewelry is characterized by beautiful designs and excellent craftsmanship which often incorporated rich enamel, clusters of glass beads, pearls and rhinestones on gilt filigree. He used faceted Austrian crystal beads and rhinestones delivering superior craftsmanship and design. A quick search of his name shows gorgeous multi-strand beaded necklaces with intricate and unique designs featuring clusters of colorful rhinestones and glass beads. Demario jewelry was produced on a small scale, which makes his wonderful creations a bit more rare than most signed vintage costume jewelry.
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