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Pendants

 

suspended ornaments attached to clothing, harness, and utensils. Made of bone, wood, shell, and metal, they also served as amulets.

The oldest pendants originated in the Paleolithic Age and were made of animal teeth and shells. The Bronze Age saw the dissemination of pendants with a magical significance, associated with cults of the sun and moon. These were round pendants representing the sun; lunulae, crescent-shaped ornaments; and zoomorphic pendants, which were survivals of totemism. Pendants used in Rus’ between the tenth and 13th centuries included lunulae and pendants in the shape of horses, waterfowl, household objects, and weapons. Bells and other noise-making pendants that supposedly frightened away evil spirits were found among many peoples.

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Pollyanna had not hung up three of the pendants in the sunlit window before she saw a little of what was going to happen.
Her rapt eyes were still on the dancing flecks of color from the prism pendants swaying in the sunlit window.
He suggested to her how to tuck in the upper edge of her bodice, so as to make it roughly approximate to the cut for evening wear; and when she had done this, and the pendant to the necklace hung isolated amid the whiteness of her throat, as it was designed to do, he stepped back to survey her.
You'd have to ask anyone to the wedding who gave you a pendant like that.
In the end she had the pendant back again from the shop and threw it into the duckpond.
A dead sort of house, with a dead wall over the way and a dead gateway at the side, where a pendant bell-handle produced two dead tinkles, and a knocker produced a dead, flat, surface-tapping, that seemed not to have depth enough in it to penetrate even the cracked door.
Inspired by her enjoyment and passion for meaningful symbols and relics, Liza creates jewelry pendants through artistic collaboration with her design team.
All the pendants are crafted in high quality sterling silver.
The award winning jewellery retailer has a stunning collection featuring three 'heart and key' pendants.
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A flat-edged spiral is enhanced by a bold diagonal that runs through the pendants center ($885).