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Sapphire and diamond pendant. Set with two cushion shape old cutnatural unenhanced sapphires in open backrubover settings with an approximate combined weight of 1.00 carats, suspended by seven round old cut diamonds in open back rubover settings with a combined weight of 0.30 carats, further set with forty six round rose cut diamonds in open back grain settings with a combined weight of 0.50 carats. The total approximate diamond weight is 0.80 carats, to an elegant négligée form enhanced throughout with millegrain decorations with an open oval surmount, suspending two asymmetric pendants from articulated diamond set bars, each pendant further enhanced with an openwork cluster with scalloped edging and pierced backholing, longest drop is approximately 5.4cm and is fitted with a fine oval and twist link chain approximately 14" in length with secure spring C-clasp. Testedwhite gold and platinum, French control marks, circa 1910.
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.