Gustavo Trifari emigrated from Italy to the U.S. in 1904 and founded Trifari NYC in 1910. Trifari was considered one of the largest and best known producers of costume jewelry. It started producing hair ornaments, buckles, and bar pins in silver and base metals set with rhinestones and later manufactured, a broad range of costume jewelry creating superb designs and workmanship at different price levels. The Trifari jewelry produced had a distinctive look, resembling fine jewelry, which can easily be recognized by collectors. Much of this is due to the work of a great designer, Alfred Philippe, who used high quality imported Swarovski rhinestones that were hand-set in the jewelry piece. Philippe worked as a designer of fine jewelry for Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, and brought to Trifari many imaginative ideas. He is largely responsible for the creation and development of Trifari’s distinctive and classic look.
This Trifari treasure is sleek, luxurious and highly collectible. The black polished lacquer pieces have a golden double edge that wraps around each piece in an elegant swirling design. These pieces are articulated – they’re linked together so that they move forward, backward and from side to side and lay on your neck absolutely perfectly, as if the piece were tailored just for you! This unusual necklace would make a beautiful, decadent gift for vintage Trifari collectors or distinguished, professional women or make this fabulous vintage piece an upgrade to your own jewelry box! It is in excellent vintage condition, very chic and hypnotic.
This piece is signed Trifari, measures 17″L and weighs 3.5 oz. There are 14 round, black resin cabochons, 2 slightly larger cabochons, two slightly larger than those and the largest link in the bib is 1.5″ in diameter. Each link in this piece is brimming with gold plating, as is the entire, like new, fold over hinged clasp. This piece is from a Trifari representative’s collection and was used as a sample, so it was never worn. Note: The Chanel perfume is for display only and the earrings are available separately in this shop.
Please take a look at the other Trifari jewelry available in our Etsy shop!