Victorian diamond flower brooch/pendant with chain. Set to centre with a round old cut diamond in an open backclaw setting with a weight of 0.43 carats, further adorned by seventy five round old cut and old minediamonds in open back grain and cut down settings with a combined weight of 5.85 carats. The total approximate diamond weight is 6.28 carats, to a stylised floral design featuring a central raised circular plaque radiating with curved openwork petals with curving claws, polished borders and ornately pierced open backholing, fitted to reverse with a brooch bar fitting and secure C-clasp and suspended from a hinged oval pendant bale, the fine trace link chain approximately 18" in length. Brooch/pendant tested yellow gold with silver settings, chain marked 18 carat yellow gold, maker's mark 'C.C.', 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.