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Brooch casting

Brooch casting

  • Place of origin:

    Providence (made)

  • Date:

    1950s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Trifari (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Base metal (Trifanium), cast

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Clive Kandel

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

One of a sequence of casts showing stages in the making of a brooch by Trifari, a leading manufacturer of costume jewellery in Providence, Rhode Island.

This stage shows the brooch after the settings, which will be set with stones, have been painted by hand with an orange masking ('stop-off') paint. This will ensure that the rhinestones will be set properly in the white-coloured metal to enhance their white colour, while other parts of the brooch will be gold-plated.

Physical description

Brooch casting plated with rhodium; the settings for the stones painted with orange masking paint

Place of Origin

Providence (made)


1950s (made)


Trifari (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Base metal (Trifanium), cast

Marks and inscriptions

'TRIFARI', with a coronet above the 'T'
Trade mark; On reverse of brooch near the catch; stamped


Height: 5.4 cm, Width: 4.8 cm, Depth: 1.3 cm

Object history note

Original typewritten label stapled to the lining of the display tray:
'3.30 Assembly unwracked, hand painted with orange stop-off paint'

Descriptive line

Brooch casting, hand-painted with orange stop-off paint, Trifari, United States, 1950s


Base metal; Rhodium; Copper; Nickel


Cast; Plating

Subjects depicted

Leaf (plant material)



Production Type

Mass produced


Metalwork Collection

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