This is a very high quality double strand of Faux pearls which was produced by Panetta. Benedetto Panetta has long been known for producing top quality and highly collectible jewelry. The pearls, although faux absolutely look genuine. All of the pearls are large, hand knotted and have beautiful luster. The front medallion has a very large half pearl (which measures 18mm, or 3/4" across.) That measurement is for the half pearl only. The center medallion is rhinestone encrusted and measures 1" x 1". The hand knotted pearls each measure 8mm's. The clasp is very pretty and has a prong set rhinestone right in the center. The longer strand measures 17" long. The second shorter strand measures 16" long. Really just the perfect length in my opinion.
The necklace is in Excellent Vintage condition with no damage. The clasp closes securely. It is American in Origin, Circa 1960. Questions are always welcome... For information about this high end costume jewelry company, please see the Internet reference below.
* Internet Reference: Benedetto Panetta emigrated to the U.S. from Italy in 1901 and opened his establishment in New York City, NY in 1945 after having had his own jewelry shop in Naples, Italy where, with his skillful hands and creative mind, perfected jewelry with the use of platinum and gold for backings. He had also been one of the chief model makers and designers at Trifari before opening his own shop. Panetta produced fantastic jewelry, designs carved into metal with heavy sterling silver, silver plating, gold plating, and white metal backings. His jewelry was prong-set, hand-set, unfoiled, and contained exquisite details ranging from high quality rhinestones, simulated stones and pearls encrusted in Art Deco styles to the designing of enamel figural designs.
Panetta jewelry has the tradition of quality and the real look of fine costume jewelry that has been the hallmark of Panetta jewelry since the founder's beginning. Mark: "Panetta with copyright symbol". Panetta jewelry of platinum and gold has equaled and frequently exceeded the look of other jewelry makers. Therefore, it is not surprising that many of the affluent have chosen to wear Panetta designs of costume jewelry rather than the genuine jewelry. The Penetta company went out of business in 1995. All Panetta jewelry is highly collectible.
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