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    Posted 1 year ago

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    I bought this awhile ago preparing for Spring. Evidently my kick has been on flowers and rhinestones for the season! I have never heard of Dafri before...ever. After doing some research, I found there is not much information out there about the company, nor are there many vintage Dafri pieces available. The ones I did see were quite lovely and appeared well made

    I contacted the Toronto Costume Jewelry Club on Facebook. They confirmed the company was only in business in Toronto in the 40’s and 50’s. It is difficult to identify their pieces unless there is a complete set as not all pieces were signed. Sounds familiar. I read they sold exclusively in North America and had a following with the New York socialites. Who knows?

    Anyway, it’s a fun piece and will go well on my lime or peachy days!

    UPDATE 5/22/2019: I found this bit of information from Vintage Jewels/Antique Haven, LLC (c) on the Website. “Dafri is a jewelry company out of Toronto, Canada. Very little is known about this company. I got a phone call from a lady named Rita that did some modeling for Dafri company. She was invited to the factory in 1951 when she was 21 years old. She remembers that the company was founded by two gentlemen named Mr. Friedman and Dave Ostrom hence the name Dafri from the first letters of Dave and Frieman thus Dafri. It must have been established in the middle forties as she was there in 1951 and they were going strong. A picture of her modeling a necklace hung in the lobby for many years and yes she is over 80 years old!! “

    Per the 1951 and 1954 Canadian Government List of Businesses Employing Over 50 People, their manufacturing facility was located at 107 Richmond Street, SE Toronto, Ontario. The building is still there in what is now called Old Toronto.

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    1. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 year ago
      Great research, as I have never heard of this maker before. That is what makes CW so great, we all learn from one another.
      Considering it's age, it's in fabulous condition...lucky you!
      Great find!
    2. highlander56 highlander56, 1 year ago
      Ms.CrystalShip thank you! It is very similar to the necklace I posted awhile back that wasn’t marked but we decided was Coro. The flowers and rhinestones are larger on this piece. The metalwork on the chain has an intricate little design on it.

      I have never heard of Dafri either. But I did find a bit of additional info that I posted above.
    3. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 1 year ago
      Just wanted to add...
      Screw on earrings. What ladies endured for beauty.
      It had to be like putting your earlobes in a vice!
      I have one set of screw-on's by D & E...very rare!
      I have never worn them... Ow!

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