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Antiquesapphire and diamondcluster ring/pendant. Set with six cushion shape old cutnatural unenhanced sapphires in open backclaw settings with an approximate combined weight of 4.00 carats, surrounding and encircled by nineteen cushion shape old cut diamonds in open back claw and cutdown settings with a combined weight of 2.50 carats, further set with six round rose cut diamonds in open back grain settings with a combined weight of 0.06 carats. The total approximate diamond weight is 2.56 carats, to an elegant openwork cluster featuring curving claws, a scalloped pierced gallery and intricate open backholing, set to top with a fold-able pendant loop and separate yellow goldshank with split shoulders and carved detail, approximately 2.1cm in diameter. Tested yellow gold and silver, circa 1880, accompanied by a fitted box and fittings.
The pendant loop folds in and the top can be fastened to the shank to make a ring, can be worn as a pendant or as a ring.
The majority of items can be re-sized free of charge.
A decorative solid or articulated jewel which hangs from a chain, bracelet, brooch, ring or earring. The pendant can be an addition to almost any form of jewellery.
The earliest pendants have been unearthed by archaeologists and are attributed to the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods and include organic materials such as teeth and bones. These discoveries display our innate desire to adorn ourselves since the beginning of man.
As man grew more sophisticated, so did the materials which were used for adornment. Ancient Egyptians and Romans wore pendants made with gold and silver, set with attractive gemstones and bearing symbolic motifs. The seafaring Vikings wore rock crystal amulets which were believed to have protective qualities and give the wearer the power of foresight.
The widespread adoption of Christianity in the Byzantine era introduced symbolic Christian symbols which were often worn as pendants, such as the now internationally recognisable cruciform.
Pendants have been created in a multitude of shapes and designs, from dainty and ornate articulated pieces through to sentimental lover's tokens in the shape of a heart, or a simple and elegant diamond drop: find your perfect pendant at Berganza.