Fabulous Handwrought Abstract Sterling Pin and Pendant Set by Frank Miraglia (Item #PM-miragliaset)
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Hard to find matching abstract brooch and pendant set by American studio designer, Frank Miraglia (New York, NY). The pin measures
1 5/8" x 2", and the pendant measures 1 1/2" x 1 1/2". They feature a dimensional, bi-level, constructivist design, with bead tipped, slightly movable, bent wires connecting the top and bottom sections of each piece (see side and back views for more details). The silver is oxidized near the bead ends of the wires, and both pieces have developed a nice patina from age. The pendant is fully signed on the back, "STERLING, F. MIRAGLIA, N.Y.", and the brooch is signed just "STERLING". However, the brooch is definitely by Miraglia because 1) it matches the pendant perfectly in all design aspects, and 2) an identical *signed* version of this brooch is pictured on page 241 of the book, "Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960" by Marbeth Schon. The set is in excellent condition with light wear commensurate with age.
Frank Miraglia was a noted mid-century modernist jeweler from New York, NY. Though not much is known about him, his designs are highly sought after by collectors of American modernist jewelry. I have owned (and still own) several pieces by Miraglia, and all are great designs that are extremely well made. Many wonderful examples of Miraglia jewelry designs can be found on page 241 of "Modernist Jewelry 1930-1960" by Marbeth Schon.