A pendentif is a jewel that is suspended from a chain, cord or necklace. Most of the time it is worn over a neckline, but it can also be seen in bracelets or anklets.
History of the pendentif
The man has always wanted to adorn himself, either for pure aesthetics or because it gave him an identity. The pendant dates from the prehistoric era where the materials used were in nature and were used without hardly giving them forms. Elements such as seeds, bones, shells, animal teeth or stones that were drilled were chosen to be inserted later into vegetable or animal fibers.
Subsequently, the man began to discover more materials and began to work them. Egyptians, Celts, Greeks … most civilizations used gold and other noble materials to make small pieces that used as pendants.
The Middle Ages was the moment of the takeoff of the pendants that were a differentiating element of social classes. The women and men of the time wore jewelry laden with precious stones as a symbol of power.
The style of the pendentif
The appearance and style of the pendant can be very varied, from the simplest to the most elaborate. Many times the time marks the trend. For example, in the Art Nouveau period, scenes of nature such as flowers, leaves and insects or female figures were used. On the other hand, the Art Deco preferred the more refined lines, some loaded with precious stones.
There are as many pendants as styles. This piece can be the jewel that determines the look. Gold is one of the most demanded noble metals, with incredible results according to the design. There are real works of art that can be worn on the neck, giving the glamorous touch that requires the occasion.
The length and type of chain that the pendant carries, will also be a key element of the final result.