This beautiful brooch uses unusually shaped rhinestones called lozenge stones in a deep sapphire blue. This collector's piece was designed by Alfred Phillipe in 1941 for Trifari, which we know from the design patent number on the back, Pat No 129541. This lovely flower is covered in crystal rhinestones and set in a rhodium plated based metal. Notice the blue enamel details on the top and very bottom of the stem. The petals of the flower appear to be curling at the edges, giving the piece a realistic dimensional look. Just a beautifully executed piece. The top of the fur clip is marked "Trifari" with the Crown over the "T".
Size: 3 1/4" x 1 3/4"; Condition: Rhinestones are clear, little wear to plating. Circa: 1940
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 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 Phillipe are highly sought after by collectors. Trifari ceased production in 1999.
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