Enjoy getting ready for Christmas!
I haven't started decorating for Christmas yet, so I decided to post something from my costume jewelry collection that was seasonal. The gold toned pin shown above is a 'Trifari' pin from probably the 1950's or 1960's. What is fun about this pin is that I have this pin in 3 different styles or configurations of metal and rhinestones and pearls.
I like the holly pin with red berries best.
I first saw this pin in 2001-2002, when I started buying costume jewelry on Ebay. I liked the pin but didn't get one. After several years of seeing the gold and silver configurations, I bought them because they were cute and affordable. The gold with pearls (and no rhinestones) is the style I see the most on Ebay, and the silver one with pearls and rhinestones is 'rarer'. But the style I liked most, with red berries and rhinestones I didn't see again until 2009-2010. I began to think some clever restorer had substituted red beads for pearls. When I finally saw the pin again, I made sure I won the bid to finish out my group.
I have more pieces of designer jewelry, and have watched the prices of some of the pieces go up over the years. Unlike my stocks from the same decade. Perhaps this is a sign that I should buy more things on Ebay? ;)
A piece of jewelry is called a "signed designer piece" when the manufacturer or designer's name or symbol is on the piece. You can see the stamped name Trifari on the back of this pin. Trifari was a jewelry manufacturer that created good costume jewelry from the 1930's for many decades. They created metal alloys that looked like gold and silver and didn't tarnish over time, and they used quality rhinestones an imitation pearls.
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