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RARE PANETTA ZODIAC BROOCH...restored with a little help from my friends! THANKS PASCALE!

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    Posted 9 months ago

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    I found this rare Panetta brooch on Ruby Lane, it had been there for quite a while because of it’s condition. I decided to buy it and try to restore it myself. Huh? Me? Restore a 70+ year old brooch? Funny! It’s a zodiac piece, depicting “ARIES”, my sign, and I wanted so badly to bring it back to it’s original condition, but I lacked any knowledge about how to restore vintage jewelry. I didn’t even know how to get the old stones out, so I turned to Pascale, ( kyratango) for help. She was very kind, and so helpful. Thanks to her advice, I was able to get rid of the old stones without harming the brooch further. (You were so right! Acetone caused the stones to just fall out!) And she told me of the correct jewelry cement to use.
    After working on this piece, I have a new respect for the stone setters of days gone by. It’s hard to tell but there are several different sizes of chatons on this piece. The only original stones are the three on the ram’s head, the two emerald stones in the star- shaped holes, and the teeny ( it’s 1/4 the size of a pin head! and it has a pointed end!) ruby red eye stone. The rest are from “new” old stock, ( so yes! they are vintage) and the huge emerald green stone is from the 1940’s. Since Panetta jewelry started business in 1945 and there is no copyright mark, I am guessing this piece was made between 1945-1954. So, how do you think I did? Not too bad, huh? :)

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    1. valentino97 valentino97, 9 months ago
      Great restore, it looks so amazing! Kyra is an expert. You did a great job!
    2. Manikin Manikin, 9 months ago
      Beautiful restore and Pascale is certainly our expert on repairing jewelry. Nice to save pieces and not throw them out !
    3. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 9 months ago
      That was very kind of Pascale who is beyond a gem herself, so much love from me to her goes out. You did a good job from what I see of the toasted piece. The trouble with gluing rhinestones is that glue takes off the backing gold or silver plating but nice to see the open green back of the prize green stone. Gorgeous piece and restoration, Eileen !~
    4. Trey Trey, 9 months ago
      I love the Green Stone :)
    5. kyratango kyratango, 9 months ago
      Wooohhhhh, Eileen, YOU DID A MASTER WORK!
      I bet the restore bug bite you from now, and you'll be hunting for wounded pieces to save ;-))

      I'm so touched by your compliments and sweet words, all dear CW friends.... Smaack! XO
    6. kwqd kwqd, 9 months ago
      Nicely done! Great save of an old piece.
    7. plein-air-painter plein-air-painter, 9 months ago
      Wonderful restoration! That is so much work to set all those stones. I can't image what it was like to be a stone setter and do that meticulous work all day.
    8. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 9 months ago
      So sorry for the late response, been with my Grandsons since Monday, and one followed me home Ha! They give me so much joy, anyhoo...

      Mary, yes Pascale is the expert, I wish I had just a little of her talent. My Ram would not have come out this good without her expertise. Thanks for the loving my “old Ram”.

      Mani, definitely! I could not see this piece winding up in the trash. Just needed a little TLC, and now he shines...again! Thank you so much for loving my “old Ram”.

      Phil, “toasted” is right! That “gunk” you see in the huge hole was left over glue. I should of taken more picture’s during the process, as all that came off, and the “silver” was left in tack, surprisingly enough, and a lot of the stones were, as you said, missing some of the foil backing, but they were mostly all dead from age anyhoo. I know how you feel about glued stones, but once in a while a pave’ set comes around I just can’t resist. I feel you are going to like my next post..bare with me :)

      Thanks Trey, good to hear from you. The huge green chaton does stand out, but there are also two tiny green stones on the Ram’s face. I have concluded green is your favorite color, (your truck!), my Daughter’s also.

      Pascale, I cannot tell you how much your comment means to me! And thanks for the invite to the FB forum. Restoring jewelry such as yours takes so much time and patience, traits I lack.
      What you do is an art form, a gift of the capability to bring back a piece to it’s former glory. This Ram was a work of love more than expertise, but I feel he came out pretty good. Thanks again, dear!

      Thanks Kevin, I so appreciate your kind comment. He is quite old, around 70 years, and I’m going to enjoy wearing him in March, my birthday month. :)

      Maureen, you are not kidding! Like I said, there are so many different sizes to fit into the different size “holes”. It was nuts! First I put them all in without glue, then slowly, took one at a time out, glued, replaced. Can you imagine the hand set prong pieces with 100’s of stones?! Course they had the right tools and magnification, but still. What a lot of work. As Phil would say.. I “bow down” to the master craftsmen of this wonderful jewelry of days gone by!

      And thank you all for loving my “Old Ram”, dears!

    9. racer4four racer4four, 9 months ago
      Wow Eileen, you are so clever. Even with Pascale's expert guidance there is no way I could do that.
      The brooch is to die for now. The pose of the ram and the perfect shape of head and legs, the gorgeous green stars, the benevolence of his face, and of course the jewel studded body highlighted by that great green stone. Amazing.
      As a fellow Arian, congratulations on restoring and owning this old beauty!
    10. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 9 months ago
      Wow, what a transformation! You did very well!
    11. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 9 months ago
      I do believe you made me blush! This was my first try at restoring a piece. I was told Panetta figurals are very rare. And this old Ram is our star- sign! I had to give it a try! Seriously though, I had no clue where to start. Pascale was so helpful, she told me “Pure acetone removes old stones without harming the finish or foil”. I had some jewelry glue, but the wrong kind. She set me straight on that too. Thank you for loving my Old Ram, you are such a dear. And you’re right. It’s like he is just kicking back quietly in a meadow...smiling now that he is shining once again! Ha!
    12. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 8 months ago
      Thank you MrsT...
      How did I miss your comment? My apologies!
      Not too bad for a first timer, huh?
    13. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 8 months ago
      I thank all of you for loving my “Old Ram”...
      Thomas ( Brunswick)
      Patricia ( Watchsearcher)
      Mary ( valentino97)
      Pascale ( kyratango)
      Kevin (kwqd)
      Maureen ( plain-air-painter)
      Leah ( glassiegirl)
      Karen ( racer4 four)

      Your kindness & support means so much!

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