Julio Marsella Earrings
*Signed "Jewels by Julio" Earrings
*Very Good Vintage Conditions
Marner was the name of the jewelry company owned by Julio Marsella and Ralph Neri. Founded in 1946, soon after the end of World War II.
Born in Rhode Island on September 17, 1911, Julio Marsella was the son of an Italian shoemaker and his wife. He was the youngest of their five children, and the only one born in America. At age 18 he worked as a foreman in a Providence knife factory. Ten years later, before the beginning of World War II, Julio worked as a foreman for Trifari. After his service in the Army during the war, he started his own company. Julio was a very talented and highly artistic individual, and he worked as the company's designer from the beginning, though later, after the company became large and successful, he had to hire five or six additional designers and sample makers.