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Bracelet made of blue and clear glass stones set in cast white metal plated in rhodium. Marked
plating (metal coating)
After World War I fashion moved toward adornment that made a statement. These pieces often copied, or at least hinted at, luxury jewels. New England's manufacturing jewelers dominated the industry. Alfred Philippe, head designer at Trifari, created this bracelet to look similar to fine jewelry by Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, where he had once worked.
Spring 2014 Historic New England Magazine: "Designers intended early twentieth-century costume jewelry to resemble precious gems. 'The look of real' was best exemplified by the work of designers like Henri Boucher and Alfred Philippe. Philippe, who trained in Paris, worked at several fine jewelry firms before moving to Trifari. Trifari's work, such as this bracelet, is expertly constructed to resemble its precious stone counterpart."
Trifari, Krussman, and Fishel, Inc. (Manufacturer)
New York, NY; Providence, RI
7/16 (W) (inches)
Gift of Nancy Curtis
Possibly New York City (New York state)
Possibly Providence (Providence county, Rhode Island)