Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Vintage Floral Bling

Trifari Floral Pin Brooch
Trifari Pin in Spring colors
I haven't shared any bling and jewels on my blog recently.  If you are familiar with my blog, you probably know  I collect china.  I have collected china for a couple of years, but I have collected costume jewelry for a couple of decades, long before I collected china.  So today I thought I would share a trio of colorful pins (brooches) I own.
Trifari Floral Pin Brooch
Trifari Pin in Summer colors
These three pins are the same pin design, executed in different metal finishes and 'colorways' of rhinestones.  (Colorways are arrangements of colors.)   Each pin is over 3 inches (8 cm) long end to end.
Trifari Floral Pin Brooch
Trifari Pin in Fall colors
I especially like the three colorways of this pattern that I own.  I look at them and see a spring, summer and fall execution of this design. 

I have occasionally bid on a "winter" version of this design - an all white rhinestone colorway, but I haven't managed to win the bid on Ebay; and truthfully, I have been avoiding Ebay, because it is too easy to spend too much money there, and too fast.  I spend less at rummage sales, and there are no shipping fees.   Trifari booches, at one pin for $10-$30 (or more), are not nearly as affordable as china plates for $1-$5 each.   Hence my newer hobby is collecting china.  :)


These booches were manufactured by the Trifari jewelry company, probably in the 1950's.  When I first was collecting costume jewelry I probably wouldn't have selected these pins, because they are so bright and flashy that they in no way pretend to be "real".  Now, though, I love them for the totally intense sparkle they give off.

I always find myself wishing the pictures could show you what I see when I look at them.  I work to get the colors right, but somehow the real pieces of jewelry are much more stunning then the pictures show.  Each pin is very dimensional - the two flowers are mounted over the foliage.   Maybe I will take some more photos to document them, but for now I think I will just send off this post. 

Click on any image to see it larger - the details sparkle!


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29 comments:

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

I have several pieces of vintage jewelry also. Isn't it wonderful that bling is in! Blessings, Debbie

GardenofDaisies (Gayle) said...

Your brooches are so pretty and sparkly. I remember poking around in my mother's jewelry box when I was a kid. I loved all the pretty brooches she wore.

LV said...

What a wonderful and valuable collection of jewelry you have. Each and every piece unique in its own style.

Maggie said...

All three of your brooches are delightful, what a lovely collection you have.
Maggie

xinex said...

I love your brooches, so pretty, so much bling!...Christine

Kim said...

Love the bling! You must have an amazing collection!
xoxo,
Kim

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Love your brooches. I have just started collecting a few pieces of vintage jewelry like this and it is so much fun!

Meagan said...

These are so pretty!

Blue Creek Home said...

These brooches are so pretty. I hope you can get the winter one soon - it sounds beautiful.
I just took several vintage pieces to my booth. It was hard to see some of them go.
Thanks for coming to the Treasure Hunt Thursday.
Rhonda

Omi S. and her dog, Bender Oak Cannon said...

I love these brooches, they are awfully pretty, and I love the sparkle!

I've been trying to find some costume jewelry brooches at my local thrifts and vintage shops (for a project I have planned), with very little luck. I totally feel you on eBay, I tend to spend way too much on there for the spoon jewelry I collect.

Thanks for sharing, and I found you off Vintage Thingie Thursday!

poindextr said...

splendid pieces of jewelry! i have lately picked up a couple of brooches from random places, but nothing quite so large or sparkly. what great finds! And i have not really ever been successful locating bone china dinner plates randomly either. I do find them from time to time at a consignment store, but generally the shops are trying to sell the entire collection. i just like the dinner plates. anyway, gorgeous jewelry! I'm a huge fan of that :) thank you for sharing ~diane

Diann said...

I love vintage jewelry and these pieces are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing them with us on TTF! Have a wonderful weekend!

Amanda said...

Beautiful! I love vintage jewelry! I'm with you though...estate sales are the way to go! And then you run home and check ebay to see what a great deal you got!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Vintagesouthernlife said...

All three of your brooches are beautiful!

Fishtail Cottage said...

Oh my! what gorgeous jewelry! love every piece...xoox, tracie

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What absolutely lovely pieces~ they are so charming! Thanks for sharing at FNF :)

White Ironstone Cottage said...

Love all of your fabulous BLING Thanks so much for linking up for Vintage treasure Chest Friday I hope to see you again next week Blessings
Pam

Vic said...

Gosh they're beautiful - I don't know which of yours I like the most but I hope the winter version finds it's way to you soon.

Sam Findlay said...

Pretty pins!

The Tablescaper said...

Great collection and what's really neat is that you get to use it!

- The Tablescaper

Debra @ Common Ground said...

These are wonderful, just love those bright colors!! So much fun, and collecting china is too! Thanks for linking up with VIF, xo Debra

Curtains In My Tree said...

I love your bling also. We should visit each other.
I have put some of my bling on my blog in the past.

You are correct in saying it is costly no bargains very often in signed rhinestone pins. I still look for them

BeckyKay said...

I know absolutely nothing about costume jewelry, but those are gorgeous! and I love that there is one for each season! I hope you find the winter one someday!

BeckyKay said...

I know absolutely nothing about costume jewelry, but those are gorgeous! and I love that there is one for each season! I hope you find the winter one someday!

Sherry said...

These are beautiful. Thanks for linking it up!
Sherry

abeachcottage said...

So lovely vintage jewelry! Thanks for dropping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and sharing your bling :)

very merry vintage style said...

They're gorgeous! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
Mary

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, friend! You've got so much creativity here and I'm admiring them all. Can you please share your creative posts at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there :)

Pamela said...

Just wanted to stop by and invite you to Treasure Hunt Thursday formerly over at Blue Creek Home. Rhonda has passed it on to me and I would be honored for you to join us!:) Party starts at 8 pm central tonight!:)