The word "pendant" is a term that was taken from a French word meaning "hanging." Pendants can have many functions - including, but not limited to:
- Self Affirmation
The pendant typically hangs from a necklace. Necklaces and pendants have been worn throughout history by both men and women, and have been used as marks of distinction in many cultures. Beautiful pendants and necklaces crafted of gold, platinum, diamonds and gemstones have been a part of adornment for men and women as far back as both ancient Egyptian times and Hebrew culture.
Pendants have not only adorned men and women throughout history, but have been catalysts for some historical events. There was a mysterious incident during the 1780's at the court of Louis XVI. His wife at the time was the infamous Marie Antoinette. "The Affair of the Diamond Necklace," as it has been referred to historically, revolved around just that - an incredibly ornamental diamond necklace. It was based upon the beliefs of the people of France that Marie Antoinette had participated in a crime to defraud the crown jewelers of the cost of the necklace. This was historically significant as one of the events that lead the people of France to be disillusioned with the monarchy. This incident, in combination with other causes, eventually culminated in the French Revolution.
Regardless of why you are purchasing a pendant, know that whatever style you are choosing has its own historical significance in your life. A solitaire diamond pendant can mark a monumental event in your life - the birth of a child, a special anniversary, a birthday, or a graduation. The three stone diamond pendant is known for its reference to the past, the present and the future, thereby marking events throughout your family's history. Cross pendants can be worn as symbols of baptism, first communion, or other religious occasions. our heart pendants have become a year round great seller, not just during the Valentine's holiday, due to the simple historical significance of love to which it refers.