Saint George and the dragon pendant/charm by Georg Jenson. The charm features a finely carved scene of Saint George in armour with shield on a horse killing the dragon, with fine enamel work throughout and movable lance. Marked 9 carat yellow gold, maker's mark 'GJ LTD', English, circa 1970.
Saint George is the patron saint of England from The Golden Legend. The story describes the saint taming and slaying a dragon that demanded human sacrifices, it became popular nationally and quickly spread across Europe in the 12th century.
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.
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