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Trifari Rose Necklace with Rhinestones circa 1940s

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    Posted 5 months ago

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    My latest addition to my Trifari collection. The rose center piece is from a 1939 necklace but was placed on a later design which was patented in the late 1940s. Patent number: 151,707 ( Nov. 9, 1948). Original patent design: 116,575 (Sept. 12, 1939). The patent drawing shows a necklace encrusted with pave rhinestones. When actually manufactured, they limited the number of rhinestones as the setting of them was probably too expensive at that time. It is marked at the back of the necklace near the clasp. Last photo is quite washed out, but the plating is thankfully in good shape all over. You're always a bit nervous buying online as you can't see everything, but this piece turned out to be in excellent condition.
    Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.

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    1. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 5 months ago
      Wow, this piece “screams” quality, as only Trifari could muster in the pre-war era. The “Rose” is beautiful with the tiny rs in the center. I always click on the photos to get a real good look, and the detail in this piece is fabulous. A rare, wonderful piece, Maureen.
      Then again, we expect nothing less from our Trifari Author. :)
    2. plein-air-painter, 5 months ago
      Eileen, Thank you for your comments and compliment. When I first started going to the thrifts regularly15 or so years ago, Trifari was everywhere. I bought it and sold it online without thinking the sources would dry up or change. The world caught onto the arbitrage and now the thrifts list online. Still you can find nice pieces every once in awhile. Wish I had some of the jewelry I sold so nonchalantly years ago.

      Eileen, and Aura - thanks for the love.

    3. racer4four racer4four, 5 months ago
      It's gorgeous, and as Eileen says so detailed!
      I think we have all sold things in the past we wish we hadn't. Oh well, time makes us wiser.
    4. Newfld Newfld, 5 months ago
      A timeless Trifari beauty, wonderful find
    5. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 5 months ago
      Oh Maureen, me too!
      I did the same thing! I once bought a beautiful 4 tier jade & crystal D & E at a yard sale, ( which was about to close) for 25 cents! No body picked it up. I didn’t know what it was at the time. Once I took a box of over 100 pieces to a lady at the “Nipomo” Swap Meet to sell. I can imagine what I gave away, ugh. I have many stories like that. All in all, probably lost close to 1K pieces through the years, until I smartened up.
    6. tharless62 tharless62, 5 months ago
      what are those marks/ symbols on the backside of the lower petal?
    7. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 5 months ago
      Maureen will have a better answer, but I believe those are maker’s marks. Way back when, the maker or stone setter “scratched” his initials or symbol, or number right into the plating...
    8. plein-air-painter, 5 months ago
      Tharless62, In my opinion the scratches are some type of initial from a previous owner or someone trying to test the metal. Trifari used stone setter's marks in the 1930s and early 1940s but pretty much gave it up by this time. They used numbers for the marks. Originally, given Philippe's history in the fine jewelry industry, the company assigned the stone setters marks, so they could check quality control. Also, stones were bead set so it wasn't like they were just glued in. Other companies used letters, but they are clear and not in script. I'll post one with a setter's mark.
    9. plein-air-painter, 5 months ago
      Thanks to
      racer4four (so true about living and learning)
      Eileen and Aura(again)
      for the love!

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