Thursday, January 23, 2014

Chronological History of Trifari Jewelry

1904   Gustavo Trifari arrives at Ellis Island from Napoli, Italy

1910   Gustavo and his uncle start Trifari. 

1912   Gustavo’s uncle leaves the company.

1917   Leo Krussman joins Trifari.

1925   Carl Fishel joins Trifari as head of sales and the company name was  changed to, “Trifari, Krussman and Fishel”.  The logo was “KTF with an  enlarged “T” in the center.

1930   Alfred Philippe joined the company as head designer.  He brought with  him experience from Cartier and Van Cleef & Arples.  Trifari jewelry  started to have a richer design style.  He worked with Trifari until 1968, when he retired.

1939   Trifari moves from New York to Providence, Rhode Island. 

1940   Trifari invents “Trifanium” a mix of metals that resembles gold and starts using the mark Crown Trifari.

1948   Pat. Pend Trifari marks are started.

1952   Gustavo Trifari and Leo Krussman passes away.

1964   Carl Fishel passes away.  The partner's heirs take over the business. 

1975   Trifari Jewelry was sold to the Hallmark Jewelry Company.

1988   Trifari Jewelry was sold to Crystal Brands.

1994   Trifari Jewelry was sold to Chase Capital Partners and Lattice Holding   Company, which was a division of the Monet Group.  During this time they produced pieces for QVC.  Limited Editions were also created for QVC.  These are the last of the signed Trifari Jewelry.

2000   The Monet Group; who now owns not only Monet and Trifari, but also            Marvella is purchased by Liz Claiborne.  They decided to start making
           jewelry overseas and the lovely quality of signed Trifari jewelry is gone

1940s Crown Trifari Pin Brooch

1950s Crown Trifari Pin Brooch

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1 comment:

  1. Love those Mid-Century TRIFARI brooches ! They make wonderful Valentine's gift !