Victorian naturalpearl and diamond pendant. Set with a round natural saltwater pearl to centre encircled by a row of round old cutdiamonds in open backsilvermillegraincollet settings, suspended within an openwork frame of further round old cut diamonds of varying sizes, all forty two with a combined weight of 2.20 carats in open back silver cutdown and grain settings, further set with five round rose cut diamonds with a combined weight of 0.03 carats in silver cutdown settings. The total approximate diamond weight is 2.23 carats, pearls approximately 6.4-6.5 x 4.8 and 4.8-4.9 x 6.9mm, to an openwork articulated pendant with elegant bow motif to top with link and articulated drop to the lower, further set with an oval natural saltwater pearl, flowing with movement to intricate pierced backholing throughout, and fitted with a 16" 9 carat gold chain with secure C-clasp. Tested yellow gold and silver, circa 1890, accompanied by fitted box and Gemmological Certification Services report #5774-509.
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.