Patented in 1953 (#170209) by Alfred Philippe for Trifari, as shown in "Collecting Costume Jewelry 202" by Julia C. Carroll, the two tone brooch with clear and topaz colored rhinestones, was crafted in burnished goldtone with rhodium plated blossoms. Using two different platings was always a more expensive method to produce jewelry so it was used only on a limited basis. The brooch pictured has three blossoms that are riveted into place and set with clear chatons, ablaze with topaz colored marquise and square cut rhinestones. Foliage is set with clear baguettes and accent chatons. Dimension is superb. Movement is palpable. The epitome of elegance. Philippe knew his stuff!
The brooch measures about 2 1/4 inches x 1 1/8 at it's widest. The largest marquises are approximately 7 millimeters x 3 millimeters Weight of the brooch is about 18 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All stones remain in place and display brilliantly. Colored stones retain color and clear stones are uniformly "white" and sparkly. Goldtone and rhodium finishes intact, front and back with slight wear appropriate to age. All soldering / riveting secure. Pin back straight, strong and secure. No damage / no repairs. Please keep in mind that this brooch was created in 1953 so it will not appear brand new.
The brooch is signed on the reverse of it's center blossom with: "TRIFARI" and "PAT. PEND."
The '50s were indeed an important era in the Golden Age of Rhinestones. The jewelry was big, bold and brilliant and rhinestones played a major role in it's success. No wonder it's popularity with collectors has never waned. What we see in all the glitter is a glimmer of hope. Trifari and Cody's is always proud to give you the glamour you clamor for.
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