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Victorian moonstone earrings and necklace. A moonstone set suite comprising earrings and a necklace, the matching pair of earrings, each set with three round cabochon cut natural unenhanced moonstone in open back fancy claw settings, six in total with a combined approximate weight of 5.80 carats, to an articulated earring suspending an elegant drop with fine open wire work, ribbed edging and intricate circular backholing, fitted to reverse with a secure hook fitting, approximately 3.8cm in length, accompanied by a matching necklace set with seven round cabochon cut natural unenhanced moonstone in open back fancy claw settings with a combined approximate weight of 7.30 carats, to a fancy drop pendant suspended from an articulated surmount featuring moonstone pendants to either side, decorated throughout with intricately pierced open work, finely ribbed edging and shaped backholing, the trace link chain fitted to reverse with a secure sprung C-clasp, approximately 15.5" in length. Tested yellow gold, English, 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.