Vintage Melo pearl and diamond pendant. Set to centre with a baroquenatural saltwater Melo pearl, approximately 17.07 x 16.06 x 14.51mm, with an approximate weight of 29.97 carats, further adorned by twenty three round eight cutdiamonds in open backgrain settings with a combined approximate weight of 0.25 carats, to an impressive openwork pendant with an articulated link to centre, decorative floral design surmount connecting to a drop shape wirework surround terminating to an oval integrated bale and fitted to reverse with hidden circular backholing, accompanied by an articulated herringbone link chain, approximately 17" in length with a secure push pin clasp. Marked 18 carat yellow gold and platinum, maker's mark '20 VR', circa 1950, accompanied by a Gemological Institute of America report #7122393919.
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.