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This pin in this demi parure is shown in a 1961 Trifari ad which names the series Etoile. It features light sapphire art glass stones with an aurora borealis finish commonly called lava rock but the ad refers to them as nuggets of pure light. They are surrounded by light sapphire aurora borealis navettes in a laurel wreath design. The clip earrings feature the same lava rock stones and navettes but the navettes do not surround the lava rocks entirely. The silver tone plating is in pristine condition. The pin measures 1 3/4 inches by 2 1/4 inches and the earrings 1 inch by 1 1/8 inches.
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Trifari was considered one of the largest and best known producers of costume jewelry. It started producing hair ornaments, buckles, and bar pins in silver and base metals set with rhinestones and later manufactured, a broad range of costume jewelry creating superb designs and workmanship at different price levels. The Trifari jewelry produced had a distinctive look, resembling fine jewelry, which can easily be recognized by collectors. Much of this is due to the work of a great designer, Alfred Philippe, who worked and designed jewelry for Trifari, for approximately 38 years, from 1930 to 1968, using high quality imported Swarovski rhinestones that were hand-set in the jewelry piece. Philippe worked as a designer of fine jewelry for Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, and brought to Trifari many imaginative ideas. He is largely responsible for the creation and development of Trifari's distinctive and classic look. There were also other well-known designers who joined Trifari: Jean Paris (1958- 1965), Andre Boeuf (1967-1979), who had worked for Cartier, and Diane Love (1971-1974) who designed the company's modern and contemporary jewelry in the early 1970s. Up until the 1960s, Trifari lead the world in the industry of costume jewelry producing the highest quality and styles from imaginative sterling vermeil figurals of the 1940's to its classic gold and silver-tone jewelry of today. The Trifari figurals, retro florals, and jelly-bellies from the 1930s and 1940s are sought after today by collectors.