Cocktails Anyone? Trifari was the premier costume jewelry maker of the 20th century. In 1953 at the inauguration of Dwight Eisenhower, Mamie was the first First Lady to wear costume jewelry at the inaugural ball...and her choice was Trifari. The heyday of Trifari was 1930 to 1968 when the designer Alfred Phillipe was employed at the jewelry company. The jewelry had always been done in base metal with either a gold color or silver color wash but during WWII when metals were used for the war effort Trifari designed their jewelry in sterling silver. After the war when they discontinued mounts made of sterling silver they coined a word for their non-sterling metal as "Trifanium" which was actually Rhodium, non tarnish finish. This necklace is shinny Rhodium...or maybe Trifanium.
This beautiful piece of neck bling is 16" in total length with an adjustable clasp. The largest cluster of brilliant rhinestones is1" long and 1 1/2" wide. Those huge stones are over 1/4"...what a wonderful statement piece to wear with your basic black dress...winter or summer. The Trifari hallmark with the copyright sign is on the inside of the hook clasp. I would date this necklace to the 1950s or 60's. At that date there would be a crown included in the hallmark, except on hook clasps such as this one as there was not enough room.