Victorian amethyst pendant/brooch. Set centrally with a cushion shape old cutnatural unenhanced amethyst in an open backclaw setting with an approximate weight of 110.00 carats, suspending one drop shape old cut diamond in an open back cutdown setting with a weight of 0.70 carats, further enhanced with fifty five round rose cutdiamonds in open back rubover and grain settings with a combined weight of 0.55 carats. The total approximate diamond weight is 1.25 carats, to an impressive pendant/brooch, the amethyst framed by an openwork scrolling border and suspending an articulated drop pendant, set to top with an integrated hidden bale and fitted to reverse with a secure hinged pin and safety catch, approximately 6.0cm in length. Tested yellow gold and silver, circa 1890.
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.