Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What's in a name? Vintage Trifari.

I'm always drawn to vintage pieces signed by Trifari. The pieces are well designed, beautifully made and in excellent condition. I often repurpose them into hair accessories like the one above.  They are extremely popular with my customers. 
As I learn more and more about the history of the brand it's no surprise that I'm so enamored with it. In fact I found it quite ironic that the original brand, founded by Gustavo Trifari and his uncle in 1910, made hair combs and elaborate hair accessories.
In the mid-1920s as hair styles changed and the market for hair accessories declined the company switched to manufacturing costume jewelry. They also brought on board the French jewelry designer Alfred Phillippe. Phillippe believed that costume jewelry should be as much a work of art as expensive jewelry, and brought fine jewelry making techniques to Trifari.
The techniques Phillippe used included using invisible settings, hand-setting rhinestones and using high-quality materials. Phillippe also used design techniques learned in his work for Van Cleef and Arpels, such as filigree work and 23-karat gold triple-plating that mimics the look of solid 14-karat gold.
Mamie Eisenhower in Trifari
From the 1930s the brand flourished. In fact in 1952 Mamie Eisenhower, wife of President Eisenhower, broke with tradition by asking Trifari to create costume jewelry for her to wear to the 1953 presidential inauguration. Trifari produced three triple-strand pearl choker necklace sets. One was worn by Mrs. Eisenhower, one is in the Smithsonian Institution, and the last is kept in the Trifari archives.

Trifari jewelry is highly valued today and in great demand by collectors. I always have vintage pieces in stock so please contact me if you are interested in commissioning jewelry or a hair adornment featuring vintage Trifari.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Picture Perfect. Custom Wedding Dress Hangers.

Vintage Adorned Wedding Dress Hanger

Lately I've had a lot of interest in my vintage adorned wedding dress hangers. I couldn't be more thrilled as I adore them. I think they add that little extra detail to the photos of your gown. My twist on the hanger is elegant, timeless and refined. Lately, I've been in the studio creating even more styles to choose from. (see the sneak peak below) Do you plan to have a special hanger for your wedding photos? I'd love to hear from you!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Botanical Baubles. Jewelry made from flowers, seeds and pods.

I recently attended the Philadelphia Flower Show and I just can't get the jewelry I saw there out of my mind. As you will see below it's pretty spectacular given that everything is made out of flowers, seeds, and pods. And a little paint. Talk about inspiration. So very eco-chic. My favorite is the dragonfly necklace.  Enjoy.
Blue bracelet with "seed" pearls.

Pearls made of macadamia nuts.

Nature inspired jewelry at its best.

Materials used for the Dragonfly. Incredible!

Nature's cameo.

Truly faux pearls and rhinestones. Vintage inspired.

Pretty in pink.

Pocket watch made from a large nut shell.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

How she wore it: Vintage Rhinestone Daisy Comb

I just received this lovely photo and a note from another Love. Honor. Upcyle. bride named Libby of New South Wales, " This was the PERFECT accessory for my hair on my wedding day! I love it so much - thank you for all your assistance in getting it to me in time for the day - came just in time!"

The vintage rhinestone daisy comb.
This rhinestone comb suited her perfectly and she was a wonderful bride to work with. Her time-frame was tight and we were worlds apart (Philadelphia to New South Wales) but we pulled it off!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sneak Peak: Garters

Sheer Elegance. Ivory Organza Garter with Vintage Pearls.
It just seems fitting that garters be added to the vintage lovelies offered by LoveHonorUpcycle.  I've been working on some designs since early January and I'm thrilled with the direction they are taking. Sophisticated, sexy and of course vintage adorned. Here is a sneak peak at one of several designs I'm launching this week. Ready to ship and Custom Designs available.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hey Chicago Brides, It's time for Indie Wed!

Indie Wed this Saturday in Chicago. Join me!

I'm heading to the Windy City this weekend. If you're in Chicago come see me this Saturday at IndieWed. I have all my vintage lovelies in tow and will have some special show discounts. I'll be showing along side the lovely ladies of Elle Musique. We can't wait to see you!!!


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Belle of the Ball!

In case you missed it. My romantic filigree comb was featured in the Etsy Weddings newsletter yesterday. Thank you Etsy!!!