Victorian cameo locket. Set to centre with an oval cornelian, carved in relief to depict the profile of a young lady, encircled by forty eight rose cutdiamonds in closed backgrain settings with an approximate combined weight of 0.50 carats, surrounded by thirty two cabochonturquoise in closed back rubover settings with an approximate combined weight of 0.95 carats, to a framed oval cameo design, featuring a raised central plaque, decorative geometric edging and closed backholing, hinged to the left and opens to display two glass compartments, fitted to top with a secure oval bale. Tested 18 carat yellow gold, French, circa 1880, accompanied by a 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.