An interesting variation from the pieces shown in Julia C. Carroll's "Collecting Costume Jewelry 202", this Brazil Collar's necklace is presented with it's original white or milk glass bead bilateral chains. (Other examples I've seen have the typical metal extension chain with hook closure, as in Carroll's book.) If you look at Trifari's White Pear and White Apple lines from circa 1954 you will notice that these white glass bilateral chains were the rule. Earring styles also look closely related. Trifari would often use stock purchased years earlier for current designs. The 1956 Brazil Collar set offered borrows many of the white fruit line's characteristics, yet retains a personality all it's own. White molded oval and round melon cabochons are spaced with burnished goldtone metal fluted scrolls. Bilateral white glass bead chains extend. Closure is via hook. The matching clip earrings employ round melon cabs in a stem like setting with "leaves" of milk glass marquise cabs.
The set includes the necklace, adjustable to about 15 1/2 inches with hook style closure. Decorative center spans about 7 inches x 5/8 inch wide with a 1/4 inch profile. Oval melon cabs are approximately 16 millimeters x 11 millimeters. Matching clip earrings complete the demi, measuring about 1 inch x 3/4 inch. Weight of the necklace and earrings set is approximately 60 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All beads and cabs retain uniform, clean, even white. No stains or discoloration. No chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. Goldtone finishes intact, front and back. There may be some minor goldtone wear, consistent with age. No polishing has been done, retaining the burnished finish Trifari used on many of it's creations of the day. All links secure. Earring clips strong and secure. No damage / no repairs.
The necklace is signed on the inside of it's hook: "TRIFARI" with copyright symbol. Each original earring clip is signed: "TRIFARI" and copyright symbol.
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