Ralph DeRosa carried on the family tradition after inheriting the family-owned business, which operated in Naples, Italy . He successfully conducted business there until 1905. DeRosa felt America was the place to succeed on a grander scale. So, he left for America despite all the difficulties awaiting an immigrant starting from scratch.
The New York NY business was based there from 1934 – 1970. Their sterling pieces were made during WWII from 1942 until around 1949. He founded the company under his name in 1934 – the Ralph DeRosa Company. In 1935, he introduced his first collection, “Meeting in Venice.” The collection was dedicated to one of the most subtle, elaborate, romantic crafts – Venetian lace—despite all the technical challenges.
Over the next seven years, until the death of the romantic jeweler, Ralph DeRosa repeatedly returns to the subject of Venetian lace. This complicated work achieved significant effects and brought excellence to a flawless performance. When Ralph DeRosa died in the early 1940s, his wife and daughters continued to run the company. DeRosa manufactured jewelry for many companies, including Elsa Schiaparelli. DeRosa jewelry can be challenging to find. Especially the more highly sought-after pieces. So much of DeRosa’s offerings from the 1940s and 50s are my personal favorites—especially the “Basket Brooches.”
Making DeRosa Jewelry began painstakingly from hand-painted illustrations by the company’s several different artists and designers. The collection of over 500 illustrations date back to the 1940s. Many of the illustrations include handwritten instructions detailing how each piece would be produced—revealing the thought process and design sense which gave birth to the jewelry. The construction of these unusual designs was exceptional in quality and composition. They embrace heavy floral brooches with rhinestones, enameling, combinations of simulated pearls, and rhinestones.
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The ladies were smaller
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