Necklaces, bracelets, earrings, watches and more have played an important role in people's lives over the centuries. Jewellery not only serves to highlight a person's beauty and elegance, but also tells stories. An important piece within the vintage jewellery world are pendants. Pendants are often small but can have a big impact on the way we want to express ourselves as human beings, in addition, this way we can also show our personal style.
Below, we will explore together the remarkable world of vintage pendants. By the end, you will have more knowledge about the history, materials, designs and meanings of vintage pendants. Besides vintage pendants, we also have our own pendants in our Atelier collection, these have a vintage look and are made of recycled gold (see for example the Sophia pendant).
Our vintage collection includes beautiful cameos from the Victorian era to sparkling gemstones from the Art Deco period. Pendants have timeless appeal and still capture the hearts of people as well as collectors of unique pieces.
Pendants, especially worn on a necklace, have been worn for centuries. They are often worn alone but nowadays they are also combined together to create a playful look. There are also large pendants that really are a showpiece on their own and thus complete an outfit. What is special about these pendants is that they can tell personal stories and express emotions.
It can be concluded that pendants have been a favourite piece of jewellery for centuries. Then you can think of an heirloom that has been passed down within a family for generations. But also when you have been given a pendant, it can be linked to an important moment in life, such as a wedding or anniversary. The meaning a pendant can then have for us goes beyond their beauty alone, they are treasured as a precious keepsake.
Whether you like simple and understated colours and designs or love lavish and eye-catching pendants, there is a pendant for everyone. Pendants can serve as an expression of personality and can reflect a person's identity. Indeed, in the world of vintage jewellery, we find a wealth of pendants, each one unique. They used to be made with great passion and goldsmiths had great attention to detail.
To fully understand the magic of vintage pendants, it is essential to tell a bit about the history. This is because the history of vintage pendants takes us back to the civilisations of hundreds of years ago. Jewellery from these periods has been loved for centuries and their designs have evolved with trends and, in addition, technological advances.
The history of vintage began back in ancient times. Pendants in this era were often made of natural materials, here you can think of shells, bones and stones. These natural materials had both decorative and symbolic functions. Now that we know more about ancient cultures of the past, we can say that pendants were in fact used as talismans to ward off evil spirits. There were also pendants that were used as amulets to bring good luck.
The Victorian era was one of the most iconic periods in the history of vintage jewellery and lasted from 1837 to 1901. Goldsmiths in this period worked very precisely and had an eye for a lot of detail, which is reflected in the pendants. Victorian pendants can be recognised by romantic cameos, portrait miniatures and hairpiece pendants. The pendants also exude a lot of emotion and were often worn as mementos of loved ones who had died.
At the end of the 19th century, the Art-Nouveau movement took off. This movement revolutionised art and jewellery. Pendants from this period were characterised by organic shapes and detailed motifs, especially with lots of floral prints. Art Nouveau pendants brought a sense of freedom and expression to the world of jewellery. They could be seen as a connection between man and nature, they were sophisticated yet artistic.
The Art Deco period began around 1920. The pendants from this era represent a completely different aesthetic to those from previously described periods. They can be recognised by the geometric shapes, clean lines and often had a lot of symmetry. The Art Deco style can be linked to the rise of modernism and the increasing influence of technology and urban life.
If you are looking for something really special, antique pendants might be for you. Antique pendants are distinctive for their finely crafted details, made by authentic craftsmanship. We make sure that this piece of history can adorn your neck in perfect condition so that you can enjoy it for as long as possible. A vintage pendant also makes a great gift, which is why we are happy to wrap it neatly for you. Let us know if you would like a pendant delivered as a gift.
Pendants are a great piece of jewellery to style personally, to suit every taste. For example, choose one statement pendant to take your whole outfit to the next level or multiple pendants for a layered look. The great thing about pendants is that you can wear different gemstones and sizes together. For example, choose a cameo pendant combined with a blood coral pendant. Or go for an unusual shape, such as a cross or a medallion. So there are many different combination possibilities.
Has a special pendant caught your eye? Do not wait too long to order. As each piece of jewellery is unique, we only have one copy of everything in stock. You can pay via iDeal, Mastercard, PayPal or safely afterwards. Order before 17:00 and your jewellery will be sent insured the same day.