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.
All new pieces were mass produced overseas with Trifari cards.
These are not vintage and should be listed as "Fashion Jewelry," but many uneducated sellers list them as "Vintage." If you see a listing that claims a piece is an "Unsigned vintage Trifari" it is either a newer (lesser quality) Trifari manufactured overseas or it is NOT Trifari at all.
We will name some of the dealers who knowingly persist in offering unauthorized reproductions posing as designer jewelry. We also hope to inform you of other online vintage jewelry scams.
Also see our Jewelry Education Information Page for access to a number of fakes pages as well as sites with information about true vintage jewelry.
Trifari vintage jewelry pieces from this era are extremely rare, as the mark was only used for several years.
In 1930 Trifari hired Alfred Philippe as head designer, and that is when the company really began to take off.I often get requests from people asking for help with vintage jewelry they’ve acquired.Because it’s not possible to have a comprehensive discussion of how to identify and date vintage jewelry in a single article, this article is the first in a series, and will specifically address vintage jewelry marks.But an unscrupulous seller, like the one below takes removes old stones and installs saphirets or sappharines in their place.The final result is offered on e Bay, and perhaps elsewhere as OUTSTANDING VINTAGE SAPHIRET BROOCH, gleaning hundreds of dollars a shot.These patents provide an invaluable source of information as to the designer and date of pieces, and in some cases (with unsigned items), as to the identity of the manufacturer as well.