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Edwardiannaturalpearl and diamondbrooch/pendant. Set with four natural unenhanced white saltwater pearls in closed back settings, decorated and surrounded by thirty six round old cutdiamonds in open backgrain and rubover settings with a combined approximate weight of 0.90 carats, to an elegant openwork design featuring a radiating centre, stylised bow motif to bottom with fine millegrain borders throughout, scalloped edging and fancy shaped backholing, fitted to reverse with a removable hinged pin and suspended from a removable yellow gold trace chain approximately 17" in length with a secure spring C-clasp fitting. Tested yellow gold and platinum, numbered ' 6655', chain marked 15 carat yellow gold, English, circa 1905.
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.