These are not vintage and should be listed as "Fashion Jewelry," but many uneducated sellers list them as "Vintage." If you see a listing that claims a piece is an "Unsigned vintage Trifari" it is either a newer (lesser quality) Trifari manufactured overseas or it is NOT Trifari at all.
Maybe you’ve just acquired some vintage jewelry from a family member or friend.
A few lesser manufacturers copied some Trifari designs, but Trifari was diligent about protecting their designs and patented most of them until the copyright law was modified in 1955 to include protection for jewelry designs.
The Trifari Company was founded by Gustavo Trifari, an Italian immigrant who arrived at Ellis Island from Napoli in 1904 at the age of 20.
In 1910 he founded “Trifari and Trifari” with his uncle.
Future articles in this series will discuss how to date patented jewelry and jewelry without signatures and/or hallmarks.
According to Lang Antiques’ Antique Jewelry University, the term “hallmark” refers to any stamps or marks on jewelry and usually includes one or more of the following: Purity marks for older silver pieces can differ from those commonly seen today.