Panetta designed and produced high quality costume jewelry. He was trained in Italy to make fine jewelry but when he began his own business in the U.S. he used his expertise to design costume jewelry that looks very close to the real thing. The gold plating is superb and the rhinestones sparkle like diamonds. This is one of those necklaces. The color of the plating makes it look like real gold but it is not gold. The pave' set rhinestones sparkle like diamonds and the purple glass stone looks like amethyst. This stone is set like a gemstone - open backed and unfoiled. This is a magnificent necklace. It measures 16 1/2" long. The center is 2" across and 1" top to bottom. Necklace has a secure fold-over clasp and is signed Panetta. It is in excellent condition with no wear that I can see.
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