Exquisite Trifari signed Egyptian revival necklace from the early 1960s when Elizabeth Taylor starred in Cleopatra and an Egyptian Revival fever became so popular. This is a stunning piece with elongated brushed gold plated "tubes" from which dangle creamy white Baroque faux pearls enhanced with black faceted glass. The necklace sits at the base of the neck and looks very elegant over a dress or peeping out of a colored shirt.
Size: 16 inches including extender, signed on the J hook, drop is approx 1.75 inches; Condition is Excellent; Circa: 1950-1960
Marked Trifari with no crown and no copyright mark
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 and have recently increased in price. Trifari ceased production in 1999.
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