Trifari - Maltese Cross Pin -Jewels of India Collection - Book Piece
One of the most popular collections designed by Trifari in 1965 is their extensive collection of pins, necklaces, bracelets inspired by the precious jewels worn by Indian Maharajahs long ago. This revival collection features faux versions of the jewels worn by Royalty - emeralds, rubies, sapphires and diamonds in round and pear shapes. Instead of the traditional Maltese Cross pin, this design has rounded edges and crescent shapes making it very graceful with bright clear rhinestones pave set on gold and rhodium plated metal. The back and edges are highly polished gold tone metal.
The center faux ruby cabochon is not crystal, it has a "marbled" feathery interior made to resemble genuine rubies that have interior "flaws". The center cabochon is prong set as well as the 8 pear shape cabochon faux emeralds. The 4 faux blue sapphires are faceted pear shapes adding extra sparkle to the pin. The back of the pin is signed "Trifari" with the copyright C inside a circle. The bar pin measures 1-1/2" across with a swivel clasp.
I am also attaching one photo from the book "The Great Pretenders" by L. Kelley & N. Schiffer published in 1987 illustrating a number of items from this collection on page 21. I would also like to mention - since I have been collecting vintage costume jewelry for almost 40 years I collected every bracelet, pin and necklace in the photo with one exception - the drop earrings, instead of long drops I had clip earrings without the drop. This Maltese pin is the very last piece from my Trifari Jewels of India collection and it was only worn once.
The pin weighs a hefty 45 Grams - the profile measures a little over 1/2" high.
The pin also comes inside a hard case gift box.
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Trifari Maltese Cross Pin - Jewels of India Collection
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