This vintage Trifari link choker necklace is stunning, made with brushed gold tone metal for which this designer jewelry maker is known, and between each of the links is a cluster of faceted rhinestone in a lovely blue color. I can't confirm with certainty, but the piece was most likely made between 1950s to 1960s. We know this because many Trifari necklaces in this timeframe used hook clasps, and because these were narrow, they do not include the crown symbol. And so these necklaces would include the metal hang tag, which this one still has. Being someone who grew up with Trifari as a known jewelry brand yet something I knew was a bit on the "fancy" side, I was fascinated to learn about this company. From a website: "The Trifari Company was founded by Gustavo Trifari, an Italian immigrant who arrived at Ellis Island from Napoli in 1904 at the age of 20. In 1910 he founded 'Trifari and Trifari' with his uncle. Gustavo’s uncle left the company a few years later, and Gustavo continued the company under the name of 'Trifari'. Leo Krussman joined Trifari in 1917, and Carl Fishel joined as head of sales in 1925. The company name was then changed to 'Trifari, Krussman and Fishel'. In 1930 Trifari hired Alfred Philippe as head designer, and that is when the company really began to take off. Philippe’s background designing very high end fine jewelry for firms like Cartier and Van Cleef and Arples brought a wonderful sense of luxury and style to the company. The designs he created for Trifari have the style and glamour of fine jewelry and were very popular. This began an era of Trifari dominance in the industry which lasted for many years." This choker length necklace embodies all the elegance and glamour for which the designer is known, and while there are some small spots where the gold has rubbed away at the points where the links rub again the clusters, the piece is in quite good condition.
The necklace measures about 14" long, and has an extender of about an additional 2" for a total possible length of 16". Weighs 37g.
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