Arab Pendants

The Hamsa is a hand-shaped symbol traditonally used in Muslim and Sephardic Jewish cultures. In Arabic, Hamsa means “five”. The use of  the Hamsa is being recorded since Ancient times.

Hamsa Pendant

It may be a recollection of God’s Hand, whose more widespread shape of the symbol is the symmetric hand: the middle finger in the centre; the ring finger and the index finger at both sides of the middle one, a little shorter than the middle finger, but with interconnected similarities; and on the sides of the thumbs, same size and a little bent outwards.

Hamsa 1 Pendant

It was probably used as a talisman in the past and the expression of the monotheistic faith, appreciated by Sephardims and Muslims as a reminder of God and also an expression of the yearning to receive blessings and spiritual protection.

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Greek Pendants

Pendants with Greek motifs are very aesthetic and smart ornaments. It is known that art and architecture in Ancient Greece  has had an effect on western art until today.

Pendant with Greek motifs

Due to the damage caused by the passing of time, only a small variety of Ancient Greek art has survived, above all spculpture, architecture and minor arts, including the design of coins, pottery and the engraving of precious stones.

Pendant with Greek symbol

Greece has also, from the Revolution onwards, a great impact on the history of contemporary art.

Spartans fight pendant

Greek models of antiquity are considered as classical. In the beginning the designs were elemental, geometrical shapes, but with the passing of time, they were enriched progressively until they reached volume.

Troyan shield pendant

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Carlos V Claymore Gold

Sword for use with both hands, known as Charles V. mandoble quillon straight and forms a cross with his fist and the blade, which was used for before entering battle to kiss the cross. Carlos I of Spain and V of Germany was known in his time as emperor and no king ever brought together under his command an immense empire.

 

Carlos V Claymore Gold

 

He inherited from his grandparents, the Catholic Monarchs: Spain, America, Naples and Sicily; Maximilian of Austria: Flanders and Austria, and in 1519 was crowned Roman Emperor, going to rule the largest since the time of Charlemagne kingdom.

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Egyptian Pendants

The pendant is the most perfect accessory to decorate a man’s and a woman’s neck. There are different styles, some of them very meaningful, which represent both culture and civilizations of ancient nations.

Egyptian Winged Isis pendant

One of the most important cultures is Ancient Egypt with its special art, which generally had a symbolic or religious meaning.

Egyptian stone pendant Rosatta

Egyptian jewellery is a genuine work of art, and not common craftwork, that has come to us in an acceptable conservation, thanks to the dry Egyptian weather and because they were buried by the sandy desert (or because of its owners, in order to enjoy  them in the “afterlife”).

Egyptian Pharaoh pendant

Egyptian goldsmithing used gold and bronze. Copper mines in the Sinai peninsula were exploited in the early days of the first dinasties, along with precious stones.

Egytian Eye of Horus pendant

Egytian craftwork mainly presents justaposed figures in overlapping plans.

Sideways outlines prevailed, consisting in representing side-face head and extremities, but with head-on shoulders and eyes. The most typical scenes were those of ordinary life or “The Afterlife”.

Egyptian Uraeus pendant

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