Diamanté Ribbon 1930s Clip-Mates by Trifari
Brooch: 2" x 1 1/4"; dress clip: 1" x 1 1/4"
1938-1942 (based on mark and non-use of sterling, per Brunialti)
"TRIFARI" (with crown), "CLIP-MATES" & "PAT. NO. 2050804"
Utility patent # 2,050,804 (for brooch mechanism) issued to Alfred Philippe in 1936
Trifari costume jewelry of the late-1930s included Clip-Mates, 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 sterling silver chain (which is not included). A white-gold one would also work well. Wear this piece with faux or real diamond studs for an added touch of sparkle. Scroll down to see a selection of coordinating bracelets. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Trifari’s name.
Vintage Bracelets, 1920s Jewelry, Wachenheimer Bros. JewelryThis Diamonbar bracelet has faceted, square-cut diamanté in a sterling silver box setting. Its excellent articulation makes this bracelet an Art Deco classic. Made in the 1920s, this piece closes with a concealed clasp and figure-8 safety catch. This stunning bracelet was made for a slim wrist, so please note the bracelet length (6 5/8") and check your wrist size before purchasing this piece. It can be worn alone or with line bracelets with colored stones – scroll down to see a selection of beautiful companions. This bracelet walked the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019. The model wore it with a bridal gown and exquisite flower earrings by Dior.$ 375
Vintage Bracelets, 1940s Jewelry, Dorsons JewelryThis Dorsons sterling bracelet from the 1940s takes the line-bracelet design one step further. The square-cut diamanté channel-set in rhodium-plated sterling silver are enhanced with two squares of baguettes. This well-made jewel with excellent articulation has a concealed clasp. All-diamanté pieces are really hard to photograph, and this one is no exception. All stones are clear and bright, and the overall effect is more brilliant than my photos indicate. In fact, this lovely bracelet sparkled on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week for Spring 2019! Scroll down to see coordinating pieces.$ 225
Vintage Bracelets, 1930s Jewelry, Otis JewelryThis silver buckle bracelet features two rows of round diamanté set in sterling. The concealed clasp has a flat, rectangular tongue with a floral-decorated release button in the center; the straight safety-clasp swivels. This style of clasp was used by Wachenheimer Brothers ("WB") late in their production. The back is stamped “3 20 17”, the date the patent was issued to them for the way the links are connected. However, even though this bracelet has these WB characteristics, it doesn’t have the Diamonbar mark. Some of the components or the entire piece may have been made by WB, but I believe this bracelet was sold by Otis, the company that purchased the equipment and inventory from WB after they went out of business. Read more about the connection between these companies. Scroll down to see a selection of lovely coordinating pieces.$ 245
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Vintage Bracelets, 1930s Jewelry, Otis JewelryThis Otis sterling bracelet is a lovely example of an Art Deco line bracelet, the forerunner of today's tennis bracelet. It features faceted, square-cut diamanté channel-set in rhodium-plated sterling silver. Engraved edges and a diamanté-embellished fold-over clasp complete the design. The excellent articulation speaks to its high-quality construction, which actually was the same as that used by Wachenheimer Bros. (Read about the companies' connection.) Bracelets in this style (known as flexible bracelets in that era) were all the rage in the 1920s-1930s and were typically worn in multiples. You can see this one paired with other line bracelets in the photos. Although the stones have aged a bit, this jewel still has lots of sparkle. Scroll down to see coordinating pieces.$ 185