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Trifari Jewelry

This collection of vintage Trifari jewelry from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s includes double-clip brooches, earrings, brooches, and sets. A company known for its distinctive style of imitating fine jewelry and its high-quality crystals and highly-skilled craftsmanship, Trifari was nicknamed “The Rhinestone Kings”. Many pieces here were designed by Alfred Philippe, chief designer from 1930-1968. Based on his prior experience with fine jewelry, Philippe introduced many successful lines, including fruit salads (known as tutti frutti in fine jewelry). Trifari patented their first double-clip brooch in 1932. Alfred Philippe’s design, patented in 1936, became known as Clip-Mates. Read more about Trifari.

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    Amethyst, Diamanté & Sterling Flower Basket 1940s Brooch by Trifari

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    Faceted oval amethyst-glass flowers are surrounded by diamanté leaves in a diamanté-trimmed basket in this rhodium-plated sterling silver 1940s brooch by Trifari. This classic piece has a Victorian Revival feel that makes it timeless. I have two other brooches in this design: one with rubies, the other with aquamarines – scroll down to see them. All three pieces are from my personal collection.

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    Aquamarine, Diamanté & Sterling Flower Basket 1940s Brooch by Trifari

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    Faceted oval aquamarine-glass flowers surrounded by diamanté leaves in a diamanté-trimmed basket form this rhodium-plated sterling silver 1940s brooch by Trifari. This design is a classic, and the aquamarine stones are lovely. I have two other brooches in this design: one with rubies, the other with amethysts – scroll down to see them. All three pieces were from my personal collection.

     

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  • Trifari earrings with diamanté-embellished crescents
    Trifari 1950s diamante crescent-shaped earrings
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    Diamanté Crescent 1950s Earrings by Trifari

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    These Trifari earrings from the mid- to late-1950s are diamanté-embellished crescents. A stack of baguettes forms the focal point of each one. The setting is rhodium-plated metal with clip-backs. Designed to frame your face, the pair has a definite left and right earring. Just simply elegant!

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  • Trifari costume jewelry – double-clip brooch with diamanté ribbons
    Diamanté ribbon Art Deco Clip-Mate by Trifari
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    Diamanté Ribbon Art Deco Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips by Trifari

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    Trifari costume jewelry of the late-1930s included the Clip-Mate, their version of the double-clip brooch. This example features loops of diamanté-encrusted ribbons. The setting is rhodium-plated. This piece can be worn as a brooch (at different angles, as shown) or as two separate dress clips. The photos show a third option: one clip worn as a pendant on a black rubber cord; you may prefer to use a silver or white gold chain. A 17-inch, 2mm black rubber cord with a stainless steel twist lock (which is shown in the photo) is included with this purchase. Wear this piece with faux or real diamond studs for an added touch of sparkle. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Trifari’s name.

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  • Trifari Fruit Salad Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips
    Trifari fruit salad dress clips
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    Fruit Salad Art Deco Brooch or Pair of Dress Clips by Alfred Philippe for Trifari

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    This Trifari fruit salad piece was designed by Alfred Philippe. With ruby, sapphire and emerald molded glass (to imitate carved gemstones) and diamanté accents, it is one example of the company’s Clip-Mates, their answer to Coro’s Duette. This piece can be worn as a brooch or as separate dress clips. The influence of Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels on Philippe is evident in the fruit salad lines he designed for Trifari in the mid-1930s and early 1940s.  The setting of this special piece is rhodium-plated metal, and the brooch has a roll-over safety clasp. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Trifari’s name.

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  • Trifari bouquet brooch with enamel & ruby flowers
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    Ruby, Diamanté & Enamel Bouquet 1940s Brooch by Alfred Spaney for Trifari

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    This Trifari bouquet brooch has enamel leaves with faceted, oval ruby-red glass flowers surrounded by pavé petals. Long pavé leaves and a pavé ribbon that ties the bouquet complete the Alfred Spaney design. This lovely 1940s brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp.

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  • Trifari brooch with ruby flowers in a sterling basket
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    Ruby, Diamanté & Sterling Flower Basket 1940s Brooch by Trifari

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    Faceted oval ruby-glass flowers are surrounded by diamanté leaves in a diamanté trimmed basket in this rhodium-plated sterling silver 1940s Trifari brooch. The feel is Retro (in terms of Victorian Revival), but the design is a classic. I have two other brooches in this design: one with aquamarines, the other with amethysts – scroll down to see them. All three are from my personal collection.

     

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  • Trifari bracelet with ruby & diamanté in gold-plated sterling
    Trifari Retro Modern bracelet
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    Ruby, Diamanté & Vermeil Sterling 1940s Bracelet by Trifari

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    This Trifari bracelet features oval prong-set ruby-glass stones alternating with pavé-embellished scroll-shaped links in a gold-plated sterling silver setting. This 1940s Retro Modern piece closes with a fold-over clasp. It was made during World War II, when makers had to use sterling because base metals were limited to war-related manufacturing.

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    Ruby, Sapphire & Emerald Fruit Salad Art Deco Bar Brooch by Trifari

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    The molded ruby, emerald and sapphire glass teardrop-shaped gems in this Art Deco brooch by Trifari imitate the Indian-carved precious stones that were known as fruit salads or tutti frutti. The company first made their fruit salad pieces in the late 1930s. This brooch, which I think is from the next decade, has diamanté accents, a rhodium-plated setting, and a classic bar brooch design. Of note is the fact that Trifari produced a bar brooch with faux jade stones in the same diamanté setting as part of the Ming series in the 1930s. This piece, which closes with a roll-over safety clasp, goes with just about everything!

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    Sapphire & Diamanté Jeweleaf 1950s Brooch & Earrings Set by Alfred Philippe for Trifari

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    Named Jeweleaf, this 1950s set by Alfred Philippe features sapphire glass baguettes that outline diamanté-embellished maple leaves. The setting is rhodium-plated base metal. The brooch closes with a roll-over safety clasp; the earrings are clip-backs. An all diamanté version, described as “platinum-toned … paved with stones” and “one of two charming variations on a Spring theme”, was advertised in the February 1, 1952 issue of Vogue. The brooch was $17.50, and the earrings were $15.00, for a total of $32.50. (In 1950, the average U.S. family’s income was $81.50 per week.) Note that the photo of the brooch alone shows it in the position indicated in the design patent (last photo), but you can wear the brooch in any position you wish.

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    Sapphire, Diamanté & Sterling 1940s Bouquet Brooch by Trifari

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    Faceted oval-shaped sapphire-glass flowers, diamanté leaves, and silver stems form this 1940s bouquet brooch by Trifari. This color combination is striking and extremely versatile. The setting is rhodium-plated sterling silver. The roll-over safety clasp has been replaced by my expert jeweler.

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