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Trifari costume jewelry – double-clip brooch with diamanté ribbons
Diamanté ribbon Art Deco Clip-Mate by Trifari
Vertical view of Trifari Art Deco Clip-Mate
Pair of dress clips taken off Clip-Mate mechanism
Single clip worn as a pendant
View of back of Trifari Clip-Mate
View of back of separate dress clips
Trifari maker's mark and patent number

Diamanté Ribbon 1930s Clip-Mates by Trifari


MAKER: Trifari

SIZE: Brooch: 2" x 1 1/4"; dress clip: 1" x 1 1/4"

CONDITION: Excellent

DATE: 1938-1942 (based on mark and non-use of sterling, per Brunialti)

MARKS: "TRIFARI" (with crown), "CLIP-MATES" & "PAT. NO. 2050804"

REFERENCE: Utility patent # 2,050,804 (for brooch mechanism) issued to Alfred Philippe in 1936

Trifari costume jewelry of the late-1930s included Clip-Mates, their version of the double clip brooch. This example features loops of diamanté-encrusted ribbons. The setting is rhodium-plated. This piece can be worn as a brooch (at different angles, as shown) or as two separate dress clips. The photos show a third option: one clip worn as a pendant on a sterling silver chain (which is not included). A white-gold one would also work well. Wear this piece with faux or real diamond studs for an added touch of sparkle. Scroll down to see a selection of coordinating bracelets. You can see the utility patent for the brooch mechanism here, shown below Trifari’s name.

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Diamanté Ribbon 1930s Clip-Mates by Trifari

$395.00 USD
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The northeastern part of the U.S. was the center of the industry, with the largest companies located in Providence, Rhode Island by the end of World War II. During the Depression, the quality of costume pieces climbed to new levels when many jewelers and craftsmen had to switch to this segment of the industry. In addition, it attracted many skilled workers who fled the political situation in Europe for the U.S. For these reasons, designs and manufacturing techniques rivaled those employed in the making of fine jewelry.

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