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Trifari

Costume jewelry maker Trifari is widely beloved for its fine craftsmanship and complex designs for necklaces, brooches and other 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 costume 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 costume jewelry on 1stDibs.

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Vintage Costume Jewelry Set by Trifari, circa 1960
By Trifari
Located in Southampton, NY
A stunning vintage set including necklace, brooch and earring set created from gold tone metal and sparkling clear rhinestone navettes. Marked 'Trifari' with copyright symbol and cro...
Category

Late 20th Century American Trifari

Materials

Crystal

Vintage Crown Trifari Gold-Tone Pinwheel Brooch
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Beautiful gold-tone crown Trifari pinwheel shaped brooch. This great pin is in excellent like-new condition. This is a gorgeous 1.75-inch diameter brooch which would look fabulous...
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Vintage Trio 1960s Black White Orange Enamel Flower Brooches One Crown Trifari
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For you, a trio of vintage 1960s enamel flower brooches. One black and gold-tone crown Trifari daisy, a white unsigned gardenia, and an orange and gold-tone unsigned petal flower. Th...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Trifari

Materials

Metal

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Trifari furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Trifari furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Trifari collection of furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 3 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of Trifari's original furniture was created in the mid-century modern style in the United States during the 20th century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture from Swank Inc., Playboy and Banthrico Inc.. Prices for Trifari furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $275 and tops out at $980, while pieces like these can sell for $495 on average.