Victorian diamond snowflake pendant / brooch. Set with a round old cut diamond to centre in an open backsilvercutdown setting with a weight of 0.45 carats, encircled by a cluster of twenty five round old cut diamonds with a combined weight of 1.00 carats, sixteen round rose cut diamonds with a combined weight of 0.16 carats and two round old single cut diamonds with a combined weight of 0.05 carats, all in open back grain and cutdown settings. The total approximate diamond weight is 1.66 carats, to an elegant snowflake pendant with scalloped openwork throughout and tapered motif collets to the external frame, fitted with diamond set detachable loop to top with articulated link, intricate pierced backholing to reverse with brooch bar fitting and secure C-clasp. Tested yellow gold with silver settings, English, circa 1890, accompanied by Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Company Ltd fitted case.
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.