Antique and vintage pendants can make extremely wearable and romantic love tokens. Their uniqueness and proximity to the heart makes them ideal for commemorating a special occasion.
Antique gemstone pendants can be particularly versatile, and can be worn from day through to night. Popular gemstones include natural pearls, diamond, amethyst and aquamarine. Flowers and petals are recurring motifs throughout antique pendants, often used in the settings of a suspended gem. Negligee pendants composed of two pendant drops usually at differing lengths were also a popular design and can add a beautiful dimension of movement.
Antique pendant motifs include lockets, hearts and crosses. Perhaps one of the most romantic of gifts is an antique locket - a piece which can open to reveal space for a photograph or object. Lockets were particularly popular in the Victorian and the early Edwardian periods, when people were inspired by Queen Victoria and enjoyed sentimentality and romance. These lockets were often heart shaped, engraved or gem-set. Antique cross pendants could be adorned with highly decorative detailing and set with precious gemstones, popular in Georgian jewellery.
From solitaire diamond vintage pendants through to decorative Victorian pendants, we have a selection of unique antique pieces which will be forever treasured.
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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 and has numerous uses throughout history.
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 important symbols of deity and strength. 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 during the Georgian and Victorian were not only used as status symbols but many had motifs which denoted love. The heart motif set with diamonds, pearls and other precious gems proved to be quite popular.
Other romantic motifs included bows, flowers and initials which continue to be widely used today.