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Art Decotourmaline and diamond pendant. Set to centre with a natural unenhanced rectangular step cut tourmaline in an open backrubovermillegrain setting with an approximate weight of 3.30 carats, set below a cushion shape old cut diamond in an open back grain set millegrain box collet setting with a weight of 0.60 carats, flanked by two rows of cushion shape old cut diamonds of varying sizes in open back grain and millegrain box collet settings with a combined weight of 0.65 carats, and further set with six round rose cut diamonds, two to the upper link and four to bottom in grain and millegrain settings with a combined weight of 0.08 carats. The total approximate diamond weight is 1.33 carats, to a stepped openwork form with pierced backholing and an articulated upper loop with oval link chain approximately 17" in length and secure C-clasp fitting. Testedplatinum, French control mark, with a markedwhite gold chain, French, circa 1920.
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.