Aquamarine and diamond pendant. Set with one octagonal scissor cut natural unenhanced aquamarine in an open back split claw setting with an approximate weight of 17.00 carats, set to top with three round old cutdiamonds in open back rubover settings with a combined approximate weight of 0.20 carats, to a large drop pendant enhanced throughout with millegrain decoration with an open floral surmount, suspending two articulated split open chains with foliate details each connected to a large drop pendant with shaped backholing and curving claws, the drop is approximately 3.1cm long and is fitted with a fine white gold trace chain approximately 18" in length with a secure spring C-clasp. Tested white gold and rose gold, English, circa 1910.
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.