Feb 28, 2011

Vintage Costume Jewelry: Trifari Trifecta

We all love Trifari, who doesn't?  The company produced jewelry for every woman's taste, incorporating timeless beauty, sophistication and whimsy.

Here is a very brief history, followed by a few of my faves!  Some of these pieces are for sale on Etsy from my very lovely team members... so if you like, click the link below the photo to be directed to the shop!
Trifari was founded in  1918 by Gustavo Trifari and Leo Kraussman... joined by Carl Fishel in 1928.  The most popular and collectible pieces come from designers Alfred Philippe and Jim Katz.

Earlier pieces have patent numbers and many of the Trifari patents can be looked up in Google Patents, or Jim Katz Patent Site.

You can do some further research on Trifari signature marks at Illusion Jewels, one of my favorite go-to sites for costume jewelry marks!

A gorgeous Alfred Philippe creation... From a series of "halo" style rhinestones... I have matching earrings too! SECRET>>> I got this necklace for $1.00!!! Go me!

Alfred Philippe design... a poured glass bird brooch... BUY THIS PIECE!

Alfred Philippe design... from 1952! called "Promenade" What a steal... BUY THIS PIECE!
A super stunning Trifari bracelet! c. 1960's... BUY THIS PIECE NOW!
wow these are super fun! peacock earrings from the 1960s! BUY THESE BEAUTIES...

Gorgeous bakelite style Trifari piece with original tag... WANT TO SEE MORE?

OMG this is phenomenal! CLICK THIS TO VIEW THE DEETS!
Here is my Etsy Treasury.... With some stunning beauties.....

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Feb 25, 2011

My Eco-Friendly Obsession

Ok, so I might be trying to justify (to myself more than anyone) my ever-growing collection and obsession of vintage costume jewelry! I truly love it, and I love the connections that have grown with the women and men who also share my passion.

My first entry is dedicated to one such team of Etsy sellers, the Ecochic Vintage Team...

Buying vintage and recycled or "up cycled" goods is not only trendy, but good for the environment too!

Here are FIVE great reasons to buy vintage jewelry:

It's Green
Vintage pieces were created years ago with materials and energy that are long gone.  In the midst of our energy crisis, you can take a bit of comfort knowing that the vintage jewelry that is reused today represents trees that are left standing, minerals left in the ground and fuels that will not be burned.

Vintage Jewelry is typically constructed of better materials, better construction and better craftsmanship than most of what is manufactured today. Most often jewelry designers of yore sought out high quality glass rhinestones and expensive glass beads and faux pearls...high quality plastics, rhodium, silver and even gold plated metals... There's just such a wonderful and weighty feel to vintage costume jewelry!  Everything was made better to last longer. Purchasing a similar quality new today, would cost much more than buying vintage.

Buy it now and cash in later
Invest in vintage jewelry! Most vintage pieces will either retain their value or actually increase in value over time.  Most contemporary purchases today lose most of their value tomorrow, like driving a new car off the lot! Vintage pieces are relatively liquid and easy to sell.  This allows collectors to trade up as their tastes change over time.

Outside the box
Express your individuality with the unusual! You'll never be caught wearing the same thing as another gal at an event...  Even mixing in a few vintage pieces with your existing wardrobe can stimulate conversation and show others that you live outside the box.

History (aka Provenance)
Vintage jewelry has a history all of it's own... Ok, so maybe history was your least favorite subject in highschool, but I'm not taking about memorizing the dates and places of every battle that took place in the Civil War (kudos if you can do this!) I'm talking personal, intimate history. I like to imagine the lives of the women who owned it before me... Was it their favorite? Was it a gift from a lover? Is there a tragic or forbidden love triangle surrounding this piece, like the necklace from the movie "Titanic"? I may never actually know... but it is oh so fun to fantasize!

If you enjoy my blog, please follow me! Feel free to convo me on etsy anytime. Check out my shop for plenty of vintage jewelry fit for the stars.