Founded by an Italian immigrant Gustavo Trifari in 1910, the Trifari Company has been one of the most respected producers of costume jewellery in the United States.
The success of Trifari jewellery, and the reason for its collectibility today, are most often credited to French designer Alfred Philippe, the company’s chief designer. Philippe’s background designing very high-end fine jewellery for Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels brought a significant level of craftmanship and a wonderful sense of luxury that had not been previously seen in costume jewellery.
The company even developed its own non-tarnishing, gold-tone alloy named Trifanium. The designs he created for Trifari had the style and glamour of fine jewelry and an era of Trifari dominance began.
Even Mamie Eisenhower broke the tradition and wore Trifari to the inauguration ball!