This wonderful vintage necklace is marked with the Crown Trifari signature. There is a copyright logo so it was made after 1955. The plating has the Trifanium feel, so I believe this set was made in the late 1950's. The set has pink hard plastic or thermoset inserts in a gold tone setting and the necklace measures 16" in length and is 3/4" wide. The earrings are 1-1/4" in diameter. A wonderfful set in great condition.
Trifari developed its own plating solutions for both gold and rhodium colors. The gold plating solution contained real gold and was applied much thicker than industry standards. While some gold jewelry had a finish 1 millionth of an inch thick, Trifari's was 8 millionths of an inch thick. Rhodium, a rare metal found in conjunction with platinum ore, is difficult to work with but it provides a beautiful, non-tarnishing finish. In fact, it is sometimes used in the industry as a plating over sterling silver because of its non-tarnishing property.
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