The Trifari Jewelry Company was created in 1918 by Gustavo Trifari who had immigrated to this country from Italy in 1904 and founded Trifari NYC in 1910. Considered one of the largest and best known producers of costume jewelry, producing he highest quality and styles from imaginative sterling vermeil figurals of the 1940's to its classic gold and silver-tone styles.
This lovely, circa 1940, two-part, clip-mate brooch is set with hundreds of tiny round diamond rhinestones surrounding the center which consists of two half-round and a row of baguette sets. This brooch must have been made with removable dress clips as there in no indication that they were ever a permanent part of the two sections. The mechanism shows the pat. 2050804 which was issued to Trifari in 1937 and the pin slide shows the pat. 2066969 which was issued also in 1937. The trifari stamp is not present. The oval brooch measures 2 3/4" in length and 2 1/4" in width. The two sections hold firmly together making a lovely piece of jewelry. There is no damage or missing stones; some of the tiny sets have darkened with age which is normal for vintage 1940 pieces.
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