Posted 9 months ago
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? :)