Gemstone Fruit Salad 1930s Clip-Mates by Trifari
2 1/4" x 1 5/8"
1936-1937 (based on mark and issue of first fruit salad series, per Brunialti)
"CLIP-MATES" and "KTF" (barely visible on one clip back)
Utility patent # 2,050,804 (for brooch mechanism) issued to Alfred Philippe in 1936
This Trifari fruit salad piece was designed by Alfred Philippe. It features the company’s popular trio of acorn-shaped, molded glass to imitate carved gemstones (rubies, sapphires, and emeralds). This design is one example of Trifari’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 early piece is rhodium-plated metal with diamanté accents. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Trifari’s name. Scroll down to see a fruit salad bar brooch, also by this maker but with stones in a different shape.
Vintage Brooches & Pins, 1940s Jewelry, Trifari JewelryThis crown Trifari brooch features a line of teardrop-shaped ruby, emerald, and sapphire-glass stones topped with and surrounded by diamanté. The molded glass was used by costume jewelry makers to imitate the Indian-carved gemstones – known as fruit salads or tutti frutti – which were so popular in the Art Deco era. Trifari made their first fruit salad pieces in the late-1930s, typically using acorn-shaped stones. This piece has the popular trio of colors but in a different shape with an added gem: the company called cabochons with a diamanté center shoe-buttons. The design of this rhodium-plated setting is similar to pieces from the company’s Ming series in the 1930s. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. This elegant and timeless jewel goes with just about everything! Scroll down to see an early Trifari fruit salad double-clip brooch (Clip-Mates) in the same colors.$ 245