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CROWN TRIFARI - Gold Plated 1960s Demi-parure - Circular Brooch & Matching Clip-on Earrings

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1960s
  • Jewelry type: Brooch, Earrings
  • Style: Mid-century
  • Material: Gold Plated Trifanium metal
  • Favorited by: 73 people
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Here is a very attractive demi-parure consisting of a medium-sized circular brooch and matching pair of clip-on earrings designed by Crown Trifari from the late 50s/early 60s, judging by the slightly abstract style. This is a beautiful set in fine condition, considering their age - surely a tribute to the fine quality of the Trifari manufacturing processes. These are very likely to be heavily gold-plated over Trifari's own alloy that they called Trifanium, using a layer of gold that was 8 times thicker than the industry standard of the day. This was the normal process for all of their gold-coloured jewellery from the 1950s right through to 1975 when the company was bought out.

The brooch measures 4cms long and 3.3cm wide, being slightly oval in shape. (1 1/2" x 1 1/4"), and has a secure rollover clasp and the Trifari signature on the back. The earrings measure 2cms long x 1.8cm wide (3/4" x 5/8"), and have secure clips with the Crown Trifari signature on each, accompanied by a copyright symbol.

This is a really attractive matching set - a demi-parure - that is, two matching items. A full parure is three matching pieces, usually necklace, earrings and bracelet. This kind of matching set was immensely popular back in the 50s and 60s, and as essential a part of every genteel lady's wardrobe as the ubiquitous twin-set and pearls !!


TRIFARI
The Trifari Company was founded by Gustavo Trifari, an Italian immigrant who arrived at Ellis Island from Napoli in 1904 at the age of 20. In 1910 he founded “Trifari and Trifari” with his uncle. Gustavo’s uncle left the company a few years later, and Gustavo continued the company under the name of 'Trifari'. Leo Krussman joined Trifari in 1917, and Carl Fishel joined as head of sales in 1925. The company name was then changed to “Trifari, Krussman and Fishel” and the logo “KTF” (with an enlarged 'T' in the centre) was used to mark the jewellery. Trifari vintage jewellery pieces from this era are extremely rare, as the mark was only used for several years.

In 1930 Trifari hired Alfred Philippe as head designer, and that is when the company really began to take off. Philippe’s background designing very high end fine jewellery for firms like Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels brought a wonderful sense of luxury and style to the company. The designs he created for Trifari have the style and glamour of fine jewellery and were very popular. Alfred Philippe created crown-shaped pins from the late 1930s to the 1950s. The crowns were so popular that Trifari incorporated a crown into its mark around 1937.
Prior to 1955, the top jewelry designers patented their designs to protect them from other jewelry companies who might copy their designs. After 1955, the copyright law was changed to include jewellery designs. Jewellery brands could stamp their jewellery with a copyright symbol to protect the designs.
Trifari was very diligent about signing all of their jewellery. All their magazine advertising stated that “If it isn’t signed, it isn’t Trifari.”

In 2000, the company was sold to Liz Claiborne and production was moved overseas. Since then, lesser quality jewelry has been mass produced and sold on Trifari cards without any stamps on the jewelry. Recently, some necklaces have been produced overseas with a new Trifari hang tag, but these are not vintage pieces.
Here is a very attractive demi-parure consisting of a medium-sized circular brooch and matching pair of clip-on earrings designed by Crown Trifari from the late 50s/early 60s, judging by the slightly abstract style. This is a beautiful set in fine condition, considering their age - surely a tribute to the fine quality of the Trifari manufacturing processes. These are very likely to be heavily gold-plated over Trifari's own alloy that they called Trifanium, using a layer of gold that was 8 times thicker than the industry standard of the day. This was the normal process for all of their gold-coloured jewellery from the 1950s right through to 1975 when the company was bought out.

The brooch measures 4cms long and 3.3cm wide, being slightly oval in shape. (1 1/2" x 1 1/4"), and has a secure rollover clasp and the Trifari signature on the back. The earrings measure 2cms long x 1.8cm wide (3/4" x 5/8"), and have secure clips with the Crown Trifari signature on each, accompanied by a copyright symbol.

This is a really attractive matching set - a demi-parure - that is, two matching items. A full parure is three matching pieces, usually necklace, earrings and bracelet. This kind of matching set was immensely popular back in the 50s and 60s, and as essential a part of every genteel lady's wardrobe as the ubiquitous twin-set and pearls !!


TRIFARI
The Trifari Company was founded by Gustavo Trifari, an Italian immigrant who arrived at Ellis Island from Napoli in 1904 at the age of 20. In 1910 he founded “Trifari and Trifari” with his uncle. Gustavo’s uncle left the company a few years later, and Gustavo continued the company under the name of 'Trifari'. Leo Krussman joined Trifari in 1917, and Carl Fishel joined as head of sales in 1925. The company name was then changed to “Trifari, Krussman and Fishel” and the logo “KTF” (with an enlarged 'T' in the centre) was used to mark the jewellery. Trifari vintage jewellery pieces from this era are extremely rare, as the mark was only used for several years.

In 1930 Trifari hired Alfred Philippe as head designer, and that is when the company really began to take off. Philippe’s background designing very high end fine jewellery for firms like Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels brought a wonderful sense of luxury and style to the company. The designs he created for Trifari have the style and glamour of fine jewellery and were very popular. Alfred Philippe created crown-shaped pins from the late 1930s to the 1950s. The crowns were so popular that Trifari incorporated a crown into its mark around 1937.
Prior to 1955, the top jewelry designers patented their designs to protect them from other jewelry companies who might copy their designs. After 1955, the copyright law was changed to include jewellery designs. Jewellery brands could stamp their jewellery with a copyright symbol to protect the designs.
Trifari was very diligent about signing all of their jewellery. All their magazine advertising stated that “If it isn’t signed, it isn’t Trifari.”

In 2000, the company was sold to Liz Claiborne and production was moved overseas. Since then, lesser quality jewelry has been mass produced and sold on Trifari cards without any stamps on the jewelry. Recently, some necklaces have been produced overseas with a new Trifari hang tag, but these are not vintage pieces.

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