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Item/Description: Exquisitely lovely signed “Panetta” cobalt blue/royal blue Lapis Lazuli-colored cabochon stones & golden metalware flower-shaped/floral shaped fine Italian costume jewelry brooch/pin.
***All stones do appear to be original to this piece.
Excerpted Research Information: Beneditto Panetta was born in Naples, Italy where he had a small jewelry shop and learned to craft fine platinum jewelry, but he emigrated to the U. S. in 1901 where he quickly found work as a platinum jeweler in New York City's active fine jewelry trade. Panetta became a designer and model maker at Trifari, one of the pioneers of American costume jewelry manufacture. When Trifari moved from New York City to Providence, RI, he decided to stay in New York and simply switch employers to work for the jewelry maker Pennino Brothers. He founded the costume jewelry company bearing his name in New York City in November, 1945. There was a slogan associated with Panetta jewelry that "if it didn't look 'real', it went back to the drawing board," and it's true that the company certainly went to great lengths to craft very exact replicas of the best fine jewelry. They used very fine materials and limited production, so their prices were high even in their original sale. Panetta was able to apply many of his skills working with platinum to working with white metal forming the base metalwork in costume jewelry to create incredibly realistic effects. They made a wide variety of styles, ranging from figural pins and accessories to their most avidly collected rhinestone pieces produced during the Art Deco period. (Reference Source: Costume Jewelers: The Golden Age of Design @ the Collectics Collector Bookstore).
Age/Period: Vintage, ca 1956 to Contemporary, ca 1995 (Panetta jewelry was manufactured from 1945-1995, but the copyright symbol did not come into common usage for vintage jewelry until ca 1956)
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings: Reverse side of brooch is marked “© Panetta” (Panetta with the copyright symbol) (occasionally misspelled “Pannetta”)
Material(s): Blue Lapis Lazuli-color stones & gold metalwork (? gold filled). Though Panetta is known for using authentic gemstones, as we are not gemstone experts we cannot state with absolute certainty whether the stones are actually Lapis or merely faux Lapis.
Quantity: One (1)
Measurements: 1 & 1/4"