Belle Époque diamond circle pendant. Set to centre with a cushion shape old mine diamond in an open backclaw setting with an approximate weight of 0.35 carats, further set above with a round old cut diamond in an open back rubover setting with a weight of 0.01 carats, further encircled with thirty one round old cut diamonds in open back grain settings with a combined weight of 0.31 carats, further adorned with three round old cut diamonds in open back grain settings with a combined weight of 0.07 carats. The total approximate diamond weight is 0.74 carats, to an elegant circular cluster pendant featuring curving claws, millegrain edging and fancy open backholing, the centre diamond is articulated and flows with movement, fitted with a diamond set loop to top with articulated link, accompanied by a fine trace link chain with a secure sprung C-clasp closure, pendant approximately 2.8cm in length, chain approximately 21" in length. Markedplatinum, indistinct maker's mark, French, circa 1915.
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.