The pendant is probably the most ancient jewelry type. Our ancestors picked up an object they liked, such as a beautiful rock or shell, pierced a hole in it and attached it to a string usually made of grass or leather so that it could be worn around the neck. The name “pendant” means “hanging”. In Dutch: “hanger” . Together with the string, chain or cord, on which it is hung, it is called “necklace“.
Pendants have been worn as a kind of ID, to show that the owner belongs to a certain tribe. Or as a status symbol. For instance, to boast that the wearer has killed so many lions. In our modern world, we wear pendants to make different statements. For others or for ourselves. Pendants like religious symbols or lockets with the portrait of a beloved one are often kept private and worn underneath the clothes, Soldiers wear pendants with blood group and other personal data. A pendant is worn close to two important chakra’s: the throat chakra and the heart chakra. So the stones and symbols contained in the pendant can influence the body and the soul of the wearer.
One of a kind pendants and necklaces by zilvera
My designs are based on two principles: a) pendants are meant to be eycatchers and b) most of them contact the skin directly. Even when a pendant is large and irregular shaped it should not irritate the sensitive skin of the chest. The contact with a gemstone might be good for stone therapy, but if it is a faceted stone, it is better to have some protection.
I make both pendants an necklaces, i.e. pendants with chain, cord or another type of string. Many of my necklaces are customizable in length. If you do not know exactly what length to choose, follow this rule of a thumb. A standard choker is 38-40 cm, a short necklace (“princess”) to wear above the T-shirt is 40-46 cm, a medium or “matinée” strand is 50 to 60 cm long and sits at the bust line. A long necklace starts at 60 cm. The “opera” length which is typically 70-80 cm sits around the breastbone area. Some people may use this length to wrap around twice, making it look like a double choker style necklace. And an extra long “rope” model is longer than 80 cm. Of course, not all women are built the same. Neck size, body length, bust height and shape matter too.
Browse my collection here below. Some of my one of a kind pendants and necklaces are still available for sale in my shop. Available items are marked green, click on the star to go to the shop.
If the item is sold out t is also possible to order a jewelry piece in the same style. Just contact me.