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Designer of HSN’s Roberto By RFM Jewelry Line Dies of Cancer At Age 48

June 5, 2020

With all the horrors going on right now, we have to report some more sad and bad news from the home shopping world. HSN jewelry vendor Roberto Faraone Mennella died Thursday at age 48 of cancer.

The name may not be immediately familiar to you, but Mennella was the partner of Amedeo Scognamiglio. Amedeo was perhaps best known on HSN for the gorgeous, and very reasonably priced cameo jewelry, he brought to the home shopping channel. His family had been involved in cameo making.

But Amedeo and Roberto, both Italians, also appeared on HSN selling a line of very beautifully designed, fluid sterling silver jewelry on the channel. That line was called Roberto by RFM.

Roberto was incredibly handsome, charming and obviously talented. Amedeo is very outgoing, gregarious and funny.

According to an obituary in WWD, the two men were former boyfriends and current business partners. We never knew this, but apparently they were featured in the show “Sex And The City” when stylist Patricia Field learned about them.

Jewelry Designer Roberto Faraone Mennella Dies at 48

The WWD obit also mentioned that the two designers sold their pieces on HSN in the United States and QVC Internationally.

So sorry to hear this news.

HSN’s Italian Cameo Guy Amedeo And QVC’s Robert Lee Morris Have Something In Common: Rounded ‘Organic’ Silver Jewelry

November 20, 2009

It was a first for us, but we caught the L’una By R.F.M.A.S. sterling silver jewely line on HSN this week.

We liked the pieces, but they are strikingly similar in their organic, rounded look to the work of couture jewelry designer Robert Lee Morris, who has a lower-priced line on QVC.

Anyone familiar with RLM Studio on QVC will immediately know what we mean when we say the R.F.M.A.S. jewelry resembles Morris’s. In fact, even the initials in the two jewelry lines are similar. But HSN’s pieces are handcrafted in Tuscany, Italy.

The name R.F.M.A.S. is the combined initials of the two Italian designers of the jewelry, Roberto Faraone Mennella and Amedeo Scognamiglio. HSN regulars know Scognamiglio, because he does beautiful cameos for the home shopping network. Sterling silver is quite a new medium for him to bring to HSN.

Both men were on the show this week. Mennella is really handsome, and Scognamiglio is cute, charming and very funny.

We especially liked the R.F.M.A.S. necklaces with small silver donuts strung on black or colored cords; a large rounded ring; a half-moon pendant; a donut pendant and a 15-inch tube collar necklace, which we can’t afford at $200.

If you are petite, you know that 15-inch necklaces are hard to find.

Unlike Morris, R.F.M.A.S. also does enameled pieces, some with an animal-print look.