Since its founding in 1910, the Trifari Jewelry Company has represented the utmost in quality and elegance. The company acquired Alfred Philippe in 1930 as their head designer; he would go on to revolutionize the Trifari aesthetic.
A scarcity of expensive materials during the early 1940s would cripple the company temporarily until Philippe's insistence on the use of Lucite, a malleable and easily reproduced polymer.
Smooth and translucent domed cabochons would become a central motif; jewelry featuring this would soon garner the nickname, Jelly Bellies.
This is an extraordinary Crown Trifari "Jelly Belly" brooch in the shape of a frog which dates from 1943.
The Lucite, or "jelly", part remains in great vintage condition exhibiting very little wear. His arms, legs and heads are comprised of beautiful sterling silver and set with sparkling white rhinestones.
Some of the vermeil is worn. Each of the eyes include a bold, blue Lucite cabochon. There is a roll-over safety clasp on the reverse of the piece making it super easy to wear and display.
Our camera magnifies every tiny detail on pieces, most of which are not apparent to the naked eye. This piece is so much more pristine than the camera shows.
A number of maker's marks have been stamped into the reverse of the brooch; the first of these reads "Trifari" with a crown over the "T".
Another reads "Sterling" and finally, the reverse of the left leg bears a mark reading "Pat.Pend 135172".
Though he's in expected vintage condition, this beautiful brooch remains a must-have for the serious collector!
Measurements: 2" wide, 3" tall, ¾" deep Weight: 26.9 grams (0.95 oz)
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