Alfred Philippe for KTF (TRIFARI) 1930's emerald and pave turtle pin, inspired by the high-end jewelers such as Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier. This beautiful, dimensional large turtle features a faceted open-backed, unfoiled large emerald green crystal belly within a clear pavé rhinestone accented frame.
Red enamel accents on the head and feet. Measures 3 1/4"L by 2 1/4". Partial KTF mark (early TRIFARI design). Very good to excellent vintage condition with a few cloudy pavé stones and some wear to the enamel. Gustavo Trifari emigrated from Italy to the U.In 1904 and founded Trifari, NYC in 1910 after being a partner and jewelry designer with his uncle in Trifari & Trifari for several years. Gustavo's grandfather Luigi Trifari, a goldsmith, had a small workshop in Naples, Italy in the mid 1800s producing fine jewelry where Gustavo, working in his workshop, learned the jewelry trade. In 1917, Leo Krussman joined the Trifari Company as a sales director and later became a partner, leading to the forming of the Trifari and Krussman Company. A third partner, Carl Fishel, an experienced and well known salesman also became a partner in the firm, in the early 1920s. The company again changed its name to Trifari, Krussman & Fishel. The principal designers at Cartier, Jacqueau in Paris and Genaille in New York, managed to crystallize in their jewels the seemingly light airiness of delicate platinum workmanship with the floral themes that represent the fusion of Persian and Indian decorative motifs that define Mogul design. The stones they used in the pieces of this period were cut and engraved in naturalistic leaf, flower and berry shapes, seemingly attached to a pavé diamond stem, with diamonds inset into some of the "berries" as well as collet-set as accents. Known popularly as "fruit salad" and "tutti frutti, " these jewels reflect the pursuit of the exotic that so captivated the sophisticated European and American collectors of the 1920's and 1930's. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Brooches & Pins".
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