Victorian tourmaline, diamond and pearl pendant/brooch. Set with one central oval scissor cut natural unenhanced pink tourmaline in a closed backclaw setting with an approximate weight of 2.00 carats, encircled by twenty round rose cutdiamonds in closed back cut-down settings, further adorned with sixteen round rose cut diamonds in closed back grain settings and four round rose cut diamonds in closed back bead settings, forty in total with an approximate combined weight of 0.40 carats, further set with eight cushion shape old mine cut diamonds in open back cut-down settings with a combined weight of 1.20 carats, decorated further with eight natural pearls. The total approximate diamond weight is 1.60 carats, to a convertible pendant/brooch featuring stylised foliate motifs, openwork details and open and closed backholing, fitted to reverse with a secure removable hinge pin and scroll clasp and a secure bale. Tested yellow gold and silver, English, circa 1870.
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.