Vintage St Christopher pendant. A yellow gold oval medal plaque with raised relief depicting on the obverse St Christopher holding a staff with Christ on his back, who is holding a golden orb, on the reverse is engraved the initials "H.P" and "18-8-1965", fitted with oval link to top, approximately 3.2cm in length, approximately 13g in weight. Marked 18 carat yellow gold, signed 'BECKER', indistinct maker's mark, French, circa 1960.
Edmond-Henri Becker was a French engraver, wood carver, jeweler and sculptor. He was born in 1871.
St Christopher is the patron saint of travellers. He is believed to protect people on their journey.
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.
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