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Sapphire and diamond pendant. Set with a drop shape old cutnatural unenhanced Ceylon sapphire in an open backclaw setting with an approximate weight of 5.10 carats, suspended from one cushion shape old mine diamond in an open back corner claw setting with a weight of 0.51 carats, set to top with three round eight cutdiamonds in open back grain settings with a combined weight of 0.03 carats. The total approximate diamond weight is 0.54 carats, to an articulated elegant pendant, with linear openwork galleries, fancy shape backholing, with secure bail to top, accompanied by a fine trace link chain with a sprung C-clasp closure, pendant approximately 2.1cm in length, chain approximately 16" in length. Pendant testedplatinum and yellow gold, chain marked platinum, circa 1930, accompanied with Gemmological Certification Services report #78176-68.
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.