Palloncino

Vintage brooch with rock crystal & diamonds by Vhernier, around 2000

A balloon dances lightly and happily in the sun. The light penetrates its glowing red envelope, sometimes shining on the front and sometimes on the back of the balloon. It already wants to rise into the sky, but a string of diamonds keeps it with us. In 1984, the Vhernier jewellery house from Valenza in Piedmont, Italy, which had only just been founded, launched the Palloncino brooch. It was an instant success, hitting the nerve of the time. The design was playful, cheerful and precious - and it was produced using a new technique that has made the house famous to this day. The eponymous balloons are made of rock crystal laid on a thinly cut gemstone with a layer of mother-of-pearl beneath. This construction, securely set in gold, makes for the unique play of light. It dances inside the clear crystal, shimmers silky through the mother-of-pearl and is at the same time brightly colored by the gemstone. The brooch presented here is such a palloncino from Valenza. A carnelian provides the intense red color of the balloon, which is also perfectly preserved. It is quite wonderful to watch the light playing inside the balloon, creating a unique 3D effect inside the balloon. A brooch with double pin and safety clasp ensures unadulterated wearing pleasure. We discovered the brooch in Düsseldorf.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.

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