Alfred Philippe pendant rhinestone earrings, early Trifari, four element Deco.
Utterly spectacular. Not at all sure I will be able to part with them, I guess we will see when the time comes. I collect KTF, and it’s getting near impossible to find. Such fabulous, Art Deco designs, so well made, they are some of the very best costume pieces America had to offer in the era.
These earrings are screw backs, long, dangling, geometric drops. Articulated in three places with 4 elements, a rhinestone button at the top and another at the bottom and a hinge in the middle There are tons of stones, baguette and round brilliant, set into an intricate design.
Total drop of 2 & ¾ inches and 7/8 inch at the widest.
They are not signed KTF, but they each have a 5 stamped on the back, which is the Trifari stone setters mark. They are in remarkable condition, no missing stones, all the larger stones are bright, only a few of the smallest stones have started to darken. 1932-37.
A treasure to wear, enjoy, and inspire envy.
A little history:
Trifari was first known as "Trifari and Trifari", founded by Gustavo Trifari and his uncle in 1910. When Gustavo's uncle left a couple of years later the company was known as just Trifari. Leo Krussman joined Trifari in 1917 and in 1925, Carl Fishel joined the company as head of sales. They renamed the company Trifari, Krussman and Fishel and their hallmark became KTF. The T in the stamp was in the center as was a custom at the time for the senior or more important name.
In early 1930 Alfred Philippe came on board as head designer for Trifari. A premier designer who worked in fine jewelry for such firms as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, who during the depression no longer had the freedom to create the designs that inspired him because of the economic times.
His designs in the Art Deco period became very popular and his freedom to work with the less expensive materials in costume jewelry gave him the inspiration to create the large flower pins and the jewelry now known as fruit salad jewelry.
The designs created during this period were created to resemble the real fine jewelry. As time went on the designers became more flamboyant and created jewelry that was outrageous in design, but the bulk of their output still remained on producing jewelry that mimics fine jewelry.
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