VINTAGE OF THE MONTH
Sharing a vintage a month, since September 2017!
Happy birthday to me! The month of March had come and gone by quickly, and I am now another year older. Other than welcoming a few more dark spots on my face, I also welcomed a new member to my collection of vintage jewellery… Behold, the classic vintage Trifari initial brooch in letter ‘G’!
I have always wanted one of these Trifari brooches, but had never gotten around to buying one for myself for some reason. Perhaps in the back of my head I felt that it would be more special if I got it as a gift. So, when my birthday came around this year and I still didn’t have any idea what I wanted in particular, I knew it was the year to ask for this brooch from my partner!
Yes, I’m the kind of person that asks for my presents openly without any shame. Life is too short for unwanted presents from your significant other. I even did the search for a reasonably priced piece on Etsy myself. That way, I was sure I would get exactly what I wanted and made sure that my partner didn’t have to spend more than what the item is worth.
The original cost of the brooch back in 1966 was $2 (excluding taxes). According to this inflation calculator, $2 in 1966 would cost $15.36 in 2017. Guess what, that’s pretty much the same price we paid for this brooch (excluding shipping)! It was an incredibly lucky find on Etsy, because the Trifari initial brooches are not always easy to come by, especially one that is in such an excellent vintage condition. Also, as a vintage appreciator, I often assume an appreciation in value for vintage pieces like this one. So, really, we are lucky to have found one that cost the same as they did in 1966!
Obviously, ‘G’ stands for ‘Gwen’. Many of you know me as ‘Gwen’, but that is not the name on my official documents. My Chinese name is ‘琪雯’ (romanised as ‘Qiwen’). It’s not a name I go by because the first sound of the first character does not exist in the English sound system and many people have difficulty saying it. I went by ‘Gwen’ when I was living in Sydney because it kinda looked like the romanised version of my Chinese name. The name stuck and it almost feels like my real name now.
Moreover, the letter ‘Q’ brooch (along with letters ‘U’, ‘X’, ‘Y’, ‘Z’) was only available via special order according to this page from the Trifari catalogue. So, even if I wanted to get the letter ‘Q’ for my Chinese name, it would be so much harder for me to find one.
Now that I have one in ‘G’ for ‘Gwen’, I am wondering if I should get the letter ‘H’ for my last name, ‘Heng’ (romanised version of my Chinese last name). This Trifari ad is so cute, it makes me want to parade my initials on my garments every where I go.
Do you also have one of these Trifari initial brooches? What do you think of wearing them like suggested in the ad?