How wonderful to find a four piece 1950 Alfred Philippe / Trifari "Forget Me Not" parure! A pin and earrings demi (in turquoise) is shown in an ad on page 63 of Julia C. Carroll's "Collecting Costume Jewelry 101" Other colors in this "Forget Me Not" pattern included rose quartz and chartreuse, along with white, as pictured in the parure offered. Alfred Philippe / Trifari patented this design in 1950 and it was part of their Mother's Day ad campaign "For a Jewel of a Mother". The parure is in burnished goldtone set with white molded glass flowers. The pattern is familiar to many Trifari collectors and to see it in a four piece matching parure of necklace, bracelet, brooch and earrings is a rare treat indeed!
The necklace is a fixed approximate 15 inches with foldover clasp. Decorative center span width is about 11/16 inch. The nine link bracelet measures approximately 7 inches x 3/4 inch. The brooch is about 2 1/8 inches x 1 1/4 inches at it's widest point. Profile is about 1/2 inch. Completing the set are the clip earrings at about 1 inch x 3/4 inch. Weight of the parure is approximately 90 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All molded glass flowers free from chip, nicks, cracks or breaks. Goldtone finishes intact, front and back. There is some patina on the small metal beads at flowers' centers and they are not as bright and shiny as when new. No polishing has been done. All clasps and clips, as well as pin back secure. No damage.
All pieces are signed. The bracelet and necklace on their foldover clasps; the pin's reverse and each original earring clip with "TRIFARI" and "PAT. PEND.". The patent pending mark is seen on many Trifari pieces from the late 1940s to early 1950s. It preceded the copyright symbol, seen frequently on Trifari pieces after 1955.
Remember to "Forget Me Not". Save the date. With Trifari. At Cody's.
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