Designed by Alfred Philippe and made by Trifari in the 1950s, this beautifully designed pin is of a bird of paradise in flight. This is the largest and rarest version of this pin. The shiny gold tone metal on this pin has a warm luster, and the wings and tail are highlighted with 49 clear rhinestone baguettes, instead of the usual 25 baguettes. There are four rows of baguettes on the outer wing, instead of the three rows, and three rows of baguettes on the inner wing and tail, instead of the two rows that are on most versions of this pin. A large red glass cabochon is set as the birds eye. A truly wonderful example of classic Trifari.
Aside from classic and perfectly executed designs, part of the reason that Trifari jewelry is so collectible and has held up so well over time is that in the 1940s the firm patented their process for gold and silver plating. Calling this process Trifanium, the plating contained eight times more gold and silver than was the industry standard, and this set them apart from any other jewelry manufacturer. This is why Trifari jewelry looks "real" and lasts so long.
A very large size, from the tip of the wing to the tip of the tail it is 4 inches long, and from the tip of one wing to the other wing it is 2 3/4 inches wide.
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