Both light and dark blue sapphire rhinestones are designed in a flowing pattern enhanced with clear baguettes. This necklace and clip earring set is signed Crown Trifari on all pieces. Set in a shiny rhodium-plated setting, the set is in very good vintage condition. A delicate, lovely set.
Measurements: Necklace: 16 x 1 inches; Clip ER: 1 inch
Considered a "founding father" of costume jewelry, the Trifari jewelry brand was created by Gustavo Trifari Sr. and Leo F. Krussman in 1918 and later added a third partner, Carl Fishel. In 1930 Trifari hired Alfred Philippe as head designer, and that is when the company really began to take off. Philippe’s background in designing very high-end fine jewelry for firms like Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels brought a wonderful sense of luxury and style to the company. Pieces by Philippe are highly sought after and have recently increased in price. Trifari ceased production in 1999. 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.