Pendant symbolism – it’s meaning and history.
A pendant is a piece of jewelry that hangs around the neck from a length of chain or cord full of pendant symbolism representing peoples status in society and throughout history.
Jewelry was often used by people of higher social status or wealth to show they can afford something more valuable. Also they may own more jewelry than other people.
In religion many pieces of jewelry have been adapted to serve a purpose. Indeed in the bible the godliness of Daniel was honored by placing a gold chain around his neck .
Many years ago an amulet in the form of a pendant came in several forms and could be worn around the neck or on the arm or leg. Often they were believed to possess magical or spiritual power that would protect the wearer from danger or dispel evil influences.
But, as with other pieces of jewelry such as earrings, the pendant evolved into an elegant artistic decoration for the body – with deeper symbolic meaning reflecting wealth, status, and magical powers.
Pendants come in different shapes.
The shape of the pendant can have many different forms and meanings for instance:
- The circle is a universal sign that symbolizes eternity, life, wholeness and perfection. Many people believe that giving someone a circle pendant means eternal love. It can also stand for infinity in that it has no start or end point.Thus the infinity of their love.
- The cross is a symbol best known for its association with Christianity. Many people wear a cross as a sign of their faith. However, some people also wear them as fashion accessories. There are several variations of the cross, and they represent different forms of Christianity:
- The Latin cross has a long vertical arm and a short horizontal arm
- The Greek cross has arms that are of equal length
- The Ethiopian cross has an elaborate design that represents everlasting life
- The budded cross has three rounded elements on each arm, representing the Trinity
- The Celtic cross with it’s infinity symbol representing older religions
- Apart from Christian symbolism, the cross can also represent the four directions; north, east, south and west or the four elements of earth, fire, air and water.
- A four-leaf clover is a symbol of luck. Just like the three-leaf clover, or shamrock, the four-leaf clover symbol is thought to have originated from Ireland. According to Celtic tradition, anyone who finds a four-leaf clover is destined for good fortune. The four leaves represent faith, hope, love and luck.
- The heart motif stands for a demonstration of love. It can mean love both in the romantic sense, as well as affection between friends or family. The heart-shape goes as far back as the Middle Ages, but it gained significant popularity in Britain and Europe during Queen Victoria’s era when symbolic jewelry became fashionable. Today, it remains one of the most popular designs in jewelry gifts.
- A flower pendant will bring you tons of positive energy when you feel like you need something to hold onto. A beautiful flower is also considered to be a talisman of love. Women accept flowers as a sign of affection and thankfulness.
Pendant symbolism can also have mystical meanings too.
Throughout the centuries a pendant has been imbued with both spiritual and protective powers. They have been believed to possess magical or spiritual powers that will protect the wearer against dangers and evil influences. This has evolved into artistic decoration and a demonstration of the wearers fun side.
It has been said that a person who likes to wear large pieces such as big hoop earrings, thick dangling Pendants or extravagant rings is likely to be an active, social and bubbly person. These people are often the life and soul of the party. Extroverts who are likely to be cheerful and fun to be with.