Sterling Alfred Philippe Trifari Emerald Green Earrings
Wonderful old pair of earrings from Trifari shaped like a swirl or maybe a squirrel if you have a really good imagination. 1 cranberry rhinestone sits atop a large emerald green colored cabachon rhinestone, both of which are opened back (unfoiled) and prong set. The top of the swirl (or tail) has 8 tiny clear rhinestones glued into it. The back is marked “TRIFARI” with a crown, “U.S. PAT NO.”, “143989”, and “STERLING”. The earrings at one time had a gold finish, which has since almost completely worn off, however, it does not detract from the pair. These earrings were designed by Alfred Philippe. The patent was applied for on July 29, 1945 and patented on February 26, 1946. You can check it out by going to the United States Patents and Trademarks website. It is so neat to see history on these pieces. The clips have holes cut into them which is typical for the older Trifari earrings. The clips are in good working condtion. Measures just shy of 1″. A wonderful pair with a history!