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Is Vintage Trifari Jewelry A Lost Treasure?

Trifari Costume Jewelry is the namesake of its founder, Gustavo Trifari. Native to Naples, Italy, Gustavo Trifari was born to a family of goldsmiths. In 1910, he established the Trifari firm. In the early part of that decade, Trifari worked with his uncle under the company name of Trifari and Trifari. Gustavo Trifari continued to make jewelry under the Trifari name when his uncle left the firm. Most traditional Trifari pieces of costume jewelry resemble fine jewelry pieces. Trifari pieces stand out for their fine craftsmanship, unique designs, and overall understated beauty.

The designers at Trifari were trained and worked for the high end and elite fine jewelry firms of the mid 20th Century. The lead designer at Trifari from 1930 to 1968 was Alfred Philippe. During this period of design, style, and market dominance for Trifari, Philippe introduced high level craftsmanship and invisible settings to the costume jewelry line. Alfred Philippe taught his fellow Trifari designers the same fine jewelry-making techniques that he learned at the elite and prestigious jewelry firms of Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels.

To this day, original Trifari costume jewelry can be found from antiques sellers on ebay, etsy, at antique malls and the like. These timeless pieces are beautiful and maintain their beautiful gold or silver tone lusture. Trifari’s immaculately designed pieces are beautifully created and are very unique. They are definitely a treasure to behold!

References:

  1. Dr Lori V.
  2. Collectors Weekly

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