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Trifari

Costume jewelry maker Trifari is widely loved for its fine craftsmanship and complex designs for necklaces, brooches and other jewelry and accessories.

The company was formed in New York during the early 1920s, when its partners Gustavo Trifari (who descended from a family of jewelers), Leo Krussman and Carl Fishel (business associates in hair-ornament manufacturing) recognized, as other designers during the Art Deco era such as Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel had, that fashion trends for affordable jewelry for everyday wear represented an opportunity (and that the popularity of shorter hairstyles didn’t bode well for their haircomb business).

Initially called Trifari, Krussman and Fishel Jewelry (T.K.F.), the trio eventually shortened their brand’s name, at the suggestion of an advertising professional, to Trifari in order to evoke the romance of Gustavo’s native Italy.

The hiring of French designer Alfred Philippe as head designer in 1930 was pivotal to Trifari’s success. A master craftsman who had worked with both Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, Philippe set about establishing the same high-quality standards of materials and craftsmanship in the design of fashion jewelry and trained other Trifari artisans to do the same. Settings were delicate; crystals were hand set; designs, which sometimes featured dazzling floral motifs or exquisite depictions of marine life, were sophisticated and elegant, having both the look and feel of fine jewelry. First Lady Mamie Eisenhower wore a Trifari parure of faux pearls to her husband’s presidential inauguration in 1953 and Trifari glass pearls to his inaugural ball in 1957.

Before retiring in 1968, Philippe created Trifari’s most recognizable designs. In the 1930s, when the company was custom-making accessories for the stars of Broadway musicals, it was the crown motif: These brooches became so often identified with the brand that a crown was eventually incorporated into the trademark. In the 1940s, the “Jelly Bellies” inspired affection as well as knockoffs; these were animals, birds and insects sporting a “belly” of clear Lucite. Clip-Mates were another favorite and a technical marvel — two dress clips that, joined together, created a brooch.

Find a wide range of vintage Trifari jewelry on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
$274
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Modernist "Sculpturesque" Leaves Brooch By Jonathan Bailey For Trifari, 1970s
By Trifari
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - Collectible jewelry piece from the '70s - Extremely rare, hard to find piece - 3.5" x 2.25" - Gold plated - Faux baroque pearl cabochons - Brutalist texture de...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Trifari

Vintage TRIFARI gold leaf pearl rhinestone earrings
By Trifari
Located in Palos Hills, IL
DETAILS • signed TRIFARI • gold tone with pearls rhinestones • vintage designer clip on earrings MEASUREMENTS • 1.06" by 1" CONDITION • excellent vintage condition with mi...
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20th Century American Trifari

Navette Crystal Huggie Cocktail Earrings By Crown Trifari, 1950s
By Trifari
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - Each earring measures 1" x .5" - Rhodium plated - Clear navette and triangle cut crystals - Clip on earring backs - By Crown Trifari (signed on clips) - Circa...
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1950s American Modern Vintage Trifari

Textured Gold Leaf Earrings With Pearl Accents By Crown Trifari, 1960s
By Trifari
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - Each earring measures 1" tall - Gold plated - Crystal accents - Faux pearls - Clip on earring backs - By Crown Trifari (signed on clips) - Circa 1960s - Esta...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Trifari

Trifari Crown Textured Gold Motif Pin Brooch, Mid 1900s
By Trifari
Located in Milford, DE
A sophisticated Crown Trifari pin brooch, featuring a textured gold decorative motif in the classic Trifari style. Hallmarks: Trifari ©
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20th Century Trifari

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Gold-filled

1960s White Enamel Textured Flower Figural Brooch With Crystals By Crown Trifari
By Trifari
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - Collectible costume jewelry piece from the mid-century - 2.5" x 1.5" - White enameling - Gold plated accents - Crystal rhinestone details - By Crown Trifari (s...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Trifari

Textured Gold Scarf Brooch With Diamond Pattern By Crown Trifari, 1960s
By Trifari
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - Collectible costume jewelry piece from the mid-century - 2" x 1.5" - Gold plated - Brushed gold texture - By Crown Trifari (signed on verso) - Circa 1960s - E...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Trifari

Gold Geometric Modernist Snake Chain Choker Necklace By Crown Trifari, 1960s
By Trifari
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - 15" length - Bib area measures 2.5" across - Gold plated - Clasp closure - By Crown Trifari (signed on hang tag and verso) - Circa 1960s - Estate acquired - ...
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1960s American Modern Vintage Trifari

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Trifari jewelry & watches for sale on 1stDibs

1stDibs offers a range of Trifari jewelry and watches. These unique items were designed with extraordinary care, often using gilt metal. While looking for the most stylish antique or vintage Trifari jewelry to pair with your ensemble, you’ll find that Trifari crystal jewelry & watches can add a particularly distinctive touch to your look, from our inventory of 4. This collection contains 132 pieces as well as a number of other designs by this jeweler. Modern and Retro are some of the most popular styles of Trifari jewelry & watches available on 1stDibs. While this collection reflects work that originated over various time periods, most of these items were designed during the 20th Century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider jewelry & watches by Coro, Hattie Carnegie and Cellini. Trifari jewelry and watches can vary in price depending on gemstone, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $78 and tops out at $9,500, while pieces like these can sell for $298 on average.

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