Pendant, in jewelry, ornament suspended from a bracelet, earring, or, especially, a necklace. Pendants are derived from the primitive practice of wearing amulets or talismans around the neck. The practice dates from the Stone Age when pendants consisted of such objects as teeth, stones, and shells.
The pharaohs of ancient Egypt wore pendants that were sometimes of huge dimensions, usually bearing commemorative or auspicious scenes in which the sovereign is being deified. Other pendants were in the shape of flies, winged scarabs, vultures, the eye of the god Horus, falcons, and sacred serpents. An exquisite example of an early gold pendant is that of two hornets clasped together, found in Mycenae and dating from the 17th century BCE. Etruscan pendants were decorated with spindles and cylinders, figured, or in the shape of human heads. Greek and Hellenistic pendants usually formed the entire necklace. Pendants in the shape of a bulla are frequent in Roman necklaces, but there are also examples of cameos, intaglios, and gold coins mounted as pendants.
During the Middle Ages, characteristic jewels were the reliquary, or devotional, pendant, and the cross, chased or enameled with religious subjects and often set in an architectural frame. One of the most famous early pendant reliquaries, which belonged to Charlemagne, contained relics of the True Cross and the crown of thorns under a sapphire set with gold. In the 14th century, it was customary for noblemen to wear necklaces with pendants bearing heraldic subjects; pendants are worn by women who generally depicted sentimental subjects.
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Dramatic texture combines with the majestic form of a classic round religious medal to create this opulent and inspiring 14k yellow and white gold pendant.
Bead-like border detailing and budded style ends provide a lovely contrast to the polished center of this cross pendant. Designed in superb 14k two-tone gold.
Intricate and gorgeous in fine 14k yellow and white gold, this heart-shaped pendant features Baroque filigree elements and a pair of polished dove sections.
Two hearts become one in this expertly crafted drop pendant. A center headpin allows the 14k white gold heart to gently move in its embrace with the 14k yellow gold heart above-featuring movement and energy this pendant comes with an 18 inches box chain.
Expertly crafted in 14k white and yellow gold, this nature-inspired round pendant features a tree motif center and a polished border.
A beautiful and straightforward wing of an angel rendered in gold and white gold suspended from an elegant gold chain. The pendant is 18 inches long, 0.8 millimeters wide, and closes with a lobster clasp.
A classic textured Tree of Life motif hangs from a simple gold chain. Pendant measures 34 millimeters by 29 millimeters. The pendant is 18 inches long, 0.8 millimeters wide, and closes with a lobster clasp.
This gold necklace features a textured gold dolphin pendant that reverses to reveal a smooth, shiny side. Pendant measures 17 millimeters by 30 millimeters. Pendant is 18 inches long and closes with a lobster clasp.
A white gold heart adds a message of love to this pendant that features a round engraved with ”Love. ” Larger pendant measures 10.9 millimeters by 12 millimeters. The pendant is 18 inches long (with 1-inch extension), 1.16 millimeters wide, and closes with a lobster clasp.
Show your love with our dramatic floating heart style pendant. Expertly crafted in 14k white gold, this bright polish and offset design adds to the appeal of the romantic motif 18 inches chain included.
Show your love with our dramatic floating heart style pendant. Expertly crafted in 14k yellow gold, this bright polish and offset design adds to the appeal of the romantic motif. 18 inches chain included.
This trendy yet elegant and heartfelt gold pendant features a shiny gold bar with a cutout ”Mom. ” The pendant is 17 inches long, 1.2 millimeters wide, and closes with a lobster clasp.
Show your artistic side when you wear this elegant, timeless 14k yellow gold with an abstract swirl-shaped pendant. Pendant is 18 inches long and closes with a lobster clasp.
Ridge detailing provide eye-catching contrast to the polished finish of this love knot motif pendant. Crafted in 14k yellow gold.
Intricately textured surface highlights the fabulous style of this interlaced open oval shape pendant. Designed in fine 14k yellow tone gold.
A classic yet sophisticated gold symbol of faith is suspended from a fine gold pendant. Cross pendant measures 8 millimeters by 10 millimeters. Pendant is 18 inches long and closes with a spring ring clasp.
A simple reminder to make a wish every day, this simple gold wishbone adorns a fine gold chain. Pendant measures 20 millimeters by 12 millimeters. Pendant is 17 inches long, 1.1 millimeters wide, and closes with a lobster clasp.