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Rare Georgian garnetparure. A garnet set parure comprising necklace, brooch/pendant, bracelet and earrings, the necklace set with sixty cushion shape table cut natural unenhanced garnets in closed backcut down settings with a combined approximate weight of 70.85 carats, to an intricate openwork necklace with stylised settings, articulated links, polished backings and centrally fitted with an open pendant bale, secured with a integrated push clasp, approximately 16.5" in length, the removable brooch/pendant set with thirty seven round and drop shape table cut natural unenhanced garnets in closed back cut down settings with a combined approximate weight of 12.90 carats, to a stylised cross motif with a radiating pattern, integrated pendant loop to top and fitted to reverse with a secure hinged pin and scroll clasp, approximately 5.3cm in width, the bracelet set with sixteen cushion shape table cut natural unenhanced garnets in closed back cut down settings with a combined approximate weight of 19.90 carats, to an articulated line bracelet with polished reverse and secure push clasp, approximately 6.8" in length, the matching earrings each set with twenty cushion and drop shape natural unenhanced garnets in closed back cut down settings, forty in total with a combined approximate weight of 17.60 carats, to an elegant drop earring suspending two line drops, flowing with movement, surmounted by an intricate openwork plaque and fitted with a secure shepherd's hook, approximately 7cm in length from top of hook. Testedrose gold, English, circa 1770, accompanied by fitted box.
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.