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Art Decodiamond pendant. Set to centre with a round old cut diamond in an open back French solitaire setting with a weight of 0.55 carats, encircled by a single row of rectangular baguette cut diamonds and further set to the loop in open back half rubover settings, all eight with a combined weight of 0.60 carats, alternated by seven round old single cut diamonds in open back rubover settings with a combined weight of 0.10 carats. The total approximate diamond weight is 1.25 carats, to an octagonal cluster pendant with articulated links, flowing with movement, and intricate piercing work throughout, threaded with an 18" platinum chain with elegant twist bars and circular links, to secure C-clasp fitting. Tested platinum, French control mark, circa 1935.
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.