Sapphire & Diamanté ‘Jeweleaf’ Trifari Brooch & Earrings Set
Brooch: 2 3/8" x 1 7/8"; earrings: 1 1/8" x 1"
Brooch: "TRIFARI PAT. PEND"; earrings: "TRIFARI" (with crown)
Design patent D166,347 issued to Alfred Philippe in 1952 (application filed in 1951);1952 magazine ad
This Trifari leaf brooch and ear clips set was named Jeweleaf. Designed by Alfred Philippe in 1951, it features diamanté-paved maple leaves outlined with sapphire-glass baguettes. The setting is rhodium-plated base metal. The pin closes with a roll-over safety clasp. 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 jewel in any position you wish.
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