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An article suspended from a neck chain or necklace (some Renaissance pieces were fastened to the sleeve), either as an auxiliary decoration or as an object worn for its own sake. Examples of the latter type include an amulet, locket, miniature, pectoral cross or reliquary, but also an ornamental piece of jewelry, usually made of gold or silver, enamelled or set with gemstones or consisting primarily of a large gemstone alone or a cluster of pearls or small stones.

Most pendants are worn as ornaments but often they are an article of devotional jewelry, mourning jewelry, or magical jewelry, not primarily decorative, evidenced by being worn sometimes under a bodice. Pendants vary greatly in style and size, from the simple primitive examples to the symbolic ones of the Middle Ages and the elaborate jewelled ones of the Renaissance and modern times.

From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson

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