Designed by Alfred Philippe and patented in 1943, this Jelly Belly TURTLE is made of vermeil plated Sterling Silver, with a large domed smooth clear lucite “jelly belly” body, embellished with crystal chaton rhinestones and emerald green glass cabochon eyes.
A wonderful addition to your jelly belly or Trifari collection!
Patent 135,170 (see photo of patent drawing)
Featured in Brunialti’s American Costume Jewelry Book, Vol. 2 (see photo of page from book)
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History Behind the Jelly Belly
"One of the most immediately recognizable examples of vintage costume jewelry is the Jelly Belly pin or brooch. Pioneered by Trifari in the 1930s and perfected by the company’s head designer, Alfred Philippe, in the 1940s, the phrase Jelly Belly refers to a figural—usually an animal—pin with a rounded middle made out of polished Lucite. Jelly Bellies produced immediately after World War II are must-haves for many collectors of vintage costume jewelry.
One of the earliest Trifari Jelly Bellies depicts a duckling hatching from an egg. With its pavé-set rhinestone head, red coral eye, and gold-plated eggshell, wings, and beak, this 1930s piece is everything a good Jelly Belly should be—elegant, charming, and whimsical.
In the 1940s, Philippe created a menagerie of Jelly Belly creatures. Some were simple, such as a fly pin with rhinestones accenting the insect’s neck and wings. Others were more complex—Philippe’s seal featured an enormous arching Lucite body balancing a rhinestone sapphire ball on the tip of its gold-plated nose.
Roosters and penguins are among the more common examples of the form. Rare Trifari Jelly Bellies include poodles, rhodium-plated elephants with black enamel tusks and a red enamel eye, and a cat pin with a chain in its mouth, from the bottom of which dangled a Lucite goldfish bowl (a goldfish was carved into the plastic from behind). Lucite goldfish-bowl earrings completed the ensemble.” (Emphasis Added)
Trifari with Crown above the “T”
Des. Pat No. 135170
2 1/4” x 1 1/2”
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Vintage TRIFARI Jelly Belly Rhinestone Sterling TURTLE Figural Brooch Pin ~BOOK PIECE