Necklaces and Pendants
Since ancient times, both men and women have worn necklaces and pendants as an integral part of their attire. A pendant is a jewel or a jeweled motif that hangs from a necklace or chain. While today, necklaces and pendants function as fashion accessories, in the past they served as symbols of distinction.
Necklaces and pendants can display a variety of precious metals and gemstones. Lockets, a special type of pendant, can hold pictures of loved ones. Some pendants, like the Christian cross, make a statement about the religious affiliation of the wearer.
Other popular pendants include birthstones and medallions, symbolizing an affiliation to various organizations. The latest trend is to wear gemstones as pendants for the benefit of their metaphysical properties, believed to aid good health and prosperity. Since pendants generally come separate from a chain or necklace, either looped or pin-backed, they can double up as a brooch or a necklace.