What do you think of when you hear the word ‘pendant’? To me, it’s a jewel that hangs from a chain. A pendant is usually a wonderful work of art in miniature. While all pendants are jeweled forms of adornment, they may be worn for different reasons.
The first pendants were worn by our distant ancestors to ward off evil spirits. Volumes can be written on the topic of which gem works on which malevolent opponent. The same can be said of the opposite desire - to draw magical, beneficiary forces to ourselves. Equal volumes can be written on the powers and symbolism of various materials in this area. As Mankind developed, pendants were often imbued with religious powers, forces of medicine and science and as always, forces to attract and draw those we love. Talismans for beauty, magic and mystery have been worn since the dawn of mankind. They continue to intrigue and enchant and we continue to be drawn to their aesthetic beauty and potent mystery.
Pendants are miniature works of art. Their design and execution can be exquisite. Look at old Renaissance paintings. You will see many an intricate pendant, set with gems and enameled and taking complex forms with more than one figure in the scene.
Because pendants are more personal than lots of other jewelry, it comes as no surprise that many of them do double duty as lockets. This means that the pendant is like a little case. One side is hinged and one side has a clasp. You open it to see a portrait of loved ones or a lock of their hair. There is no rule that you have to have a painted portrait of an unknown person inside a locket pendant. Why not insert a ‘photo of your own family behind the glass or crystal within?
Not unlike our immediate predecessors, many people today wear a symbol of their religion in the form of a pendant. Crosses and crucifixes are perhaps the most popular of these symbols. In our collection, we have crosses going back well over 1000 years and crosses from as ‘late’ as the Victorian era, beautifully set with diamonds.
Whatever form of pendant you are looking for, you are almost sure to find one on our site. We go out of our way around the world to search out rare works of art in jewelry. You can rest assured that your pendant from our site will be a cut above the rest. Our prices are surprisingly affordable – we work very hard to make it possible for you to wear the best, but not to break the bank. If you have any questions, just ask. We are always happy to answer your questions and help you to find the perfect pendant.