Monday, June 14

Trifari Vintage Jewelry Through the Years - Part 2

Those you have been collecting Trifari Vintage Jewelry for a while are familiar with jewelry from the various eras. For newer collectors, it's helpful to have an overview of Trifari Vintage Jewelry over the years.

In my last post I began a discussion of Trifari during the 1930's and 1940's, and provided a link to design patents filed by Alfred Philippe, which are available on Google Patents. In this post I'll continue with the 1940's and move into the 1950's.

During the 1940's, metals were needed for the war effort, so Trifari, like other costume jewelry manufacturers, produced Sterling Silver pieces. Many of these were ornate fur clips, and figural brooches, like the crown brooch pictured here.

Trifari Pat Pend Sterling Vermeil Crown Brooch

The brooch was produced in three different sizes. This is the largest of the three, at 1 7/8 inch wide by 1 7/8 inch high (4.7 by 4.7cm). The design appears in several popular books, such as "Signed Beauties of Costume Jewelry," by Marcia "Sparkles" Brown and "Warman's Costume Jewelry Figurals," by Kathy Flood. It is also featured in at least one Trifari print ad from the 1940's.

The Sterling is covered with a Gold Vermeil finish, which was quite common during that time. The stones and colored glass cabochons are also typical of designs of the period. In fact, ornate Gold Vermeil or Gold Plated jewelry with colorful rhinestones produced during this time is known as "Retro" Style. Later on this same crown brooch design was produced in non-silver, gold plated metal. Trifari liked to re-use popular designs and often produced multiple variations of the same design.

The back of the brooch shows the Trifari Signature and Patent Number.

Trifari Pat Pend Sterling Vermeil Crown Brooch, Back

Patent Information: The patent for this design was filed by Alfred Philippe on February 12, 1944 and issued on March 28, 1944. The patent document (courtesy of the U.S. Patent Office) can be viewed on this page: Trifari Crown Brooch Patent 137542

Here is another example of Trifari re-using their older designs. This drawing of a Zebra Brooch was submitted with Patent 131242 in 1942:

Trifari Zebra Brooch Drawing, Patent 131242

The same design, with minor variations was produced in later years.

This one in the 1960's:

Crown Trifari Black Enamel Zebra Brooch

And another version in the 1990's:

Trifari TM Black Enamel Zebra Brooch

This Shell Pin was patented in 1944, # 137545:

Trifari Swirled Shell Brooch Drawing, Patent 137545

Here is a pin of the same design produced in the late 1950's:

Crown Trifari Swirled Shell Brooch, late 1950s

One way to identify the approximate age of Vintage Trifari Jewelry is by the signature. Vintage Trifari Jewelry was always signed - there is no such thing as "unsigned Vintage Trifari Jewelry." For more information about the signatures, view my Guide: Vintage Trifari Jewelry Marks.

There are so many wonderful Trifari designs - I've only had time to upload to my gallery a handful of all of the photos I have. I plan to add more pages to my online gallery as time allows. Here is the link: Collectible Trifari Vintage Jewelry Online Gallery.

Most of the jewelry currently pictured in the gallery is available for sale in my stores:
My Classic Jewelry Etsy Shop
My Classic Jewelry eBay Store

Thank you, and have a nice day!

Monday, June 7

Trifari Vintage Jewelry Through the Years - Part 1

Trifari Vintage Jewelry Through the Years - Part 1

If you collect Trifari Vintage Jewelry, you may already be familiar with jewelry from the various eras. If you are a newer collector who would like to learn to identify the styles and designs, it's helpful to have an overview of Trifari Vintage Jewelry over the years.

As mentioned in my last post, when Trifari hired renowned Fine Jewelry Designer Alfred Philippe in 1930, it began an era of Trifari dominance in the industry, which lasted for many years. Philippe had previously been designing High End Fine Jewelry for companies like Cartier and Van Cleef and Arples, and brought his sense of luxury and style to Trifari. These early Trifari Philippe pieces were meant to replicate the look of Fine Jewelry designs using Costume Jewelry materials.

During the 1930's and 1940's "Diamante" Jewelry was very popular. These styles usually had the look of Diamonds with metals that resembled Gold and Silver or Platinum. The designs were usually very ornate with scrolls and floral spray designs. During that time, dress clips were very popular, and many costume jewelry firms, including Trifari made beautiful ornate. dress clips that had the look of Fine Jewelry and Diamonds. Few of these are in circulation today, however, many of Alred Philippe's patent drawings are available on the Google Patent Search:

Trifari Jewelry Patents Files by Alfred Philippe

The bracelet pictured below is from the early 1950's and includes the scrolled design element that was also popular with the earlier diamante jewelry.

Trifari Pat Pend Scrolled Bracelet, Red Marquise Rhinestones

Although this bracelet uses red rhinestones, versions of this design were also produced with clear (diamante) rhinestones and stones of other colors.

Other Examples of Trifari Diamante Jewelry:

Early Crown Trifari Rhinestone Butterfly Pin
Small Trifari Diamante Butterfly Pin, circa late 1940s to early 1950's

Trifari Twinkle Star Brooch and Earrings Set, Christmas 1952
Trifari "Twinkle" Star Brooch and Earrings Set, Christmas, 1952

As mentioned in the last post, Alfred Philippe was head designer at Trifari until his retirement in 1968 and his designs can still be found today among Trifari Vintage Jewelry sellers and collectors. Additional Trifari Vintage Jewelry designed by Alfred Philippe and other designers will be featured in future posts, along with more photos.

Figurals have always been popular and continue to be so today. Trifari was also well known for its exquisite figural jewelry. I also plan to discuss Trifari figural jewelry and post pictures for your viewing enjoyment. In the meantime, feel free to browse through the Trifari Jewelry available in my stores:
My Classic Jewelry Etsy Shop
My Classic Jewelry eBay Store

Thank you, and have a nice day!

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