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RESERVED for WEN

This is an extremely rare and collectible mythological brooch made by Mimi di N in the early 1960s. This is the most exciting piece of jewelry we have ever seen by Mimi di N, a true work of art.

Born in Italy to a jewelry family (her cousin is the great jeweler Fulco di Verdura) Princess Mimi di Niscemi moved to America to study jewelry design and silversmithing at the Philadelphia Museum School. During her training, she worked producing jewelry for Schiaparelli. Later, she designed the jewelry for Arnold Scaasi and Robert DeMario. She started her own jewelry company in 1962 in New York City. In 1968, she won the Great Design in Costume Jewelry Award.

This brooch is incredible for so many reasons. It is quite large and substantial, over three inches. The construction is superb, like very fine jewelry. The design is powerful and unique. Based around a ram's head, the creature morphs into a regal figure draped in a feathered cloak.

The brooch is made of gold plated metal that has been richly enameled in shades of iridescent honey yellow, scarlet red and cobalt blue. The ram's face is expressive, kind and dignified with beautifully sculpted features. He sports a cobalt blue beard, dark enameled forehead detail and a spectacular rhinestone eye. The eye is composed of a large, round central ruby red rhinestone surrounded by seven clear round prong set rhinestones. The effect is bold, mysterious and dazzling.

The brooch features a pin back with a rolling "C" clasp. The piece is signed "Mimi di N" in an oval cartouche.

Details:

Circa: Early 1960s
Brand Name: Mimi di N
Color: Yellow, Red, Blue, Gold
Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition

Measurements:

Height: 3.25" / 8cm
Width: 2.5" / 6cm

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RESERVED for WEN Mimi di N Brooch, Ram, Mythological Creature, Signed, Rare, Collectible, Early 1960s


Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Materials: gold plated metal, gold tone metal, enamel, rhinestones
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 160 reviews
  • Favorited by: 81 people