Trifari's 1951 Gem of India Series is well documented and researched. Examples of Alfred Philippe's patented design can be seen in "Collection Costume Jewelry 101" and "Collection Costume Jewelry 202" by Julia C. Carroll. The line featured large pear or tear drop shaped rhinestones, highlighted by scepters or stems set with baguette, chaton and marquise rhinestones. Exuberant goldtone swirls accent each piece. A beautiful and popular series, the pieces / sets were featured in magazine ads of the day exclaiming: "it wouldn't be Christmas without Jewels by Trifari". Trifari knew not only how to produce but to promote, as well.
Offered is a demi parure that includes the original brooch, measuring about 2 1/2 inches 1 1/4 inches with a 1/2 inch profile and the matching clip earrings, at approximately 1 1/4 inches x 3/4 inch x 1/4 inch. (This set has always been together so the patina / color of the metal is consistent.) The large pear shaped stone in the brooch is about 16 millimeters x 11 millimeters. Pears in the earrings are each approximately 13 millimeters x 10 millimeters. Weight of the brooch and earrings set is about 28 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All stones intact and brilliant. Earrings are pristine. The baguettes in the brooch show the slightly hint of age but still present beautifully. All goldtone finishes intact, front and back. The goldtone has that Patent Pending era burnished finish that was favored by Trifari at the time. Pin back straight, strong and secure. Earring clips secure. All soldering secure. No damage / no repairs.
Each original earring clip is signed "TRIFARI" "PAT. PEND.". Reverse of brooch is signed within a rectangular cartouche: "TRIFARI" "PAT. PEND.".
Gem of India. Trifari traveled the world to offer you tastes of tradition. Just pin, clip and enjoy!
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