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Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari Pale Pink & Cream Faux Pearl Necklace Set Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari Pale Pink & Cream Faux Pearl Necklace Set
This GORGEOUS collar style necklace and matching clip earring set features pale pink, lavender and cream-colored imitation pearls and cabochons, set into an openwork goldtone setting of leaf-like design. Faux pearl beads alternate with goldtone spacers. 18" length with foldover clasp that matches the leaf motif. Signed by the incomparable KUNIO MATSUMOTO for Trifari, whose designs are in high demand. 1" clip earrings are still on original card, though a previous owner or merchants wrote on the card. Jewelry condition is like-new. - $180

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Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari Modernist Lucite & Bead Parure Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari Modernist Lucite & Bead Parure
Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari Modernist Lucite & Bead ParureSpace Age modernist design! This signed Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari parure consists of choker necklace, hinged clamper bracelet and clipback earrings and was produced in 1986. The design and construction are simply outstanding, and so characteristic of the talented Matsumoto.

The necklace features a rigid curved centerpiece that appears segmented but is actually a single piece, molded to resemble graduated links. The lucite is a pearlescent opaque off-white tone with a clear top laminated layer. Chrome bands wrap around to look like separator bars. One side of the lucite centerpiece is balance with two chrome segments of stretchy "gaspipe" (very Art Deco in style!) and then round white plastic beads are accented with clear lucite beads and chrome disc spacers strung on double-thick nylon filament. Centerpiece measures approximately 6" and total necklace length is approximately 17" with hook and o-ring closure.

Side-hinged clamper bracelet is similar in style with a brushed metal surface. Measures just over 1" wide at the front, 1/2" wide at the back, 2 1/4" inside width (bracelet is oval in shape). Clipback earrings measure 1 1/4" in height.

All pieces are signed Trifari, and the bracelet and necklace are also marked with the Kunio Matsumoto script signature. Condition overall is excellent, with some bubbles and slight ripples in places between the laminated lucite layers. There is also a very tiny bit of nicking to the plating right where the flexible gas pipe metal is connected to the metal end caps; this is observable only upon close scrutiny and is not visible at all from the front of the piece.
View Trifari magazine ad for this parure - $480

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Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari Cream & Black Enameled Necklace Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari Cream & Black Enameled Necklace
Designer Kunio Matsumoto designed this modernist segmented necklace for Trifari. Cream and black enamel on abstract shapes, graduated in size, with textured goldtone metal backing. Circa 1970's, this piece looks fresh out of the box. Approximately 18" with foldover clasp. - $160

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Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari Purple & Burgundy Lucite Necklace & Pin Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari Purple & Burgundy Lucite Necklace & Pin
Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari Purple & Burgundy Lucite Necklace & PinKunio Matsumoto for Trifari signed purple and burgundy necklace and brooch set. 33" necklace features two strands of beads -- dark and light purple -- with a molded paisley-shaped chunky lucite centerpiece in laminated dark purple, burgundy and light purple. On the opposite side of the necklace is a similarly shaped paisley in matte goldtone metal plating. Necklace slips over the head. Matching paisley-shaped brooch measures 2 1/2" across. Both pieces are signed Trifari and Kunio Matsumoto. Excellent condition. - $200

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Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari Pink Glass & Gilt Flower Necklace Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari Pink Glass & Gilt Flower Necklace
Kunio Matsumoto for Trifari link necklace, circa 1970s, features large bezel-set faceted oval pink glass stones, alternating with pairs of gilt lily like flowers. Heavy and substantial, with hook and chain closure for adjustable fit up to 17 1/2". Beautiful condition. Signed Trifari and Kunio Matsumoto. - $250

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