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Exquisite Pennino Sunburst Brooch Pendant.  Sterling Silver Capri Blue Rhinestones. Huge Dimensional.  Vintage American Costume Jewelry 1940

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From the golden age of costume jewelry comes this exceptional collectors piece. This large heavyweight stylized, floral "Sunburst" brooch can also be worn as a dramatic pendant. It is a famous brooch and dates to 1947. It is three tiers high and shows the high end construction one would expect from this company.

The flower is domed and dimensional. The bottom section consists of sterling silver leaves and prong set chatons. The second tier is all baguettes in clear and finally the large rhinestone encrusted dome is in aqua or capri blue. Spiraling ribbon tendrils finish the piece.

It is slightly under 3" long, 2" wide and signed Pennino and Sterling. It is in superb condition there are two tiny stones missing from the center of the clear flowers. Not noticeable and does not detract from the beauty of this piece in any way. I only saw them with the aid of a loupe.

This brooch is featured in the book American Costume Jewelry, Art and Industry, N-Z, by Carla and Roberto Brunialti on page 8, this book is considered by many to be the collectors bible. It is also pictured on page 189 of Judith Miller's "Costume Jewelry" Collectors Guide.

The Pennino brother's jewelry is highly collectible. When the company ceased business all the molds were destroyed so the pieces could never be reproduced. All their designs became one of a kind.

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Exquisite Pennino Sunburst Brooch Pendant. Sterling Silver Capri Blue Rhinestones. Huge Dimensional. Vintage American Costume Jewelry 1940

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  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: sterling silver, rhinestone, crystal
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