Gemstone & Sterling Crescent Earrings
Ralph De Rosa
1" x 5/8"
Excellent (minor wear on back)
"R.DEROSA" on rim and "STERLING PAT PEND" on clips
"Women's Wear Daily", September 9, 1949
These crescent earrings with gemstone-colored glass stones set in sterling silver were made by Ralph De Rosa. The gems are graduated in size and enhanced with an inner ring of diamanté. The variety of colors makes these ear clips very versatile. Moreover, the faux diamond, emerald, amethyst, ruby, emerald, sapphire and topaz form the word dearest, making these earrings acrostic (i.e., the initials of the stones form a word or name). This type of sentimental jewelry was very popular in the 19th century Victorian era, a style that inspired some 1940s jewelry designers. De Rosa created a Dearest series, which included brooches, in 1949. This maker’s pieces are always exceptionally well-made and hard-to-find.