The back to the origins through the handmade pendants
Handmade pendants and necklaces are complements of jewelry with older origin because, bracelets, rings and earrings began to be worn in later times. These are pieces that already existed in prehistoric times, when the first beads for necklaces made from pieces of shells, ossicles, teeth and small stones were discovered. The first were located in specific areas of Algeria, Morocco and South Africa.
The Egyptians were one of the civilizations that left their mark on this of jewels and the taste for craftsmanship. The women wore a type of necklace called Monile, adorned with colorful fruits and feathers. Other civilizations, such as the Greek and Roman, also gave relevant importance to the creation of jewels, beauty and complements. From both periods, necklaces of terracotta pieces have been preserved, considered unique pieces with an incalculable historical value. It is precisely the everyday elements such as jewellery, combs, amphoras, etc. that bring us closer to these cultures and give us a fairly clear idea of how they lived and how they behaved in their day-to-day life.
Did you know that...?
- Greek and Roman women did not wear necklaces and pendants in public. They reserved them for private events at home such as banquets and dances.
- In the Modern Age, pendants with thick, hollow, filigree balls became fashionable among women.
- Some handmade pendants were confused in the Middle Ages with amulets and elements of witchcraft.
- When Jacques Cartier opened the jewellery shop in London, he drew inspiration from his travels to India, a colony of the British Empire.
- At Indian weddings, the groom ties a necklace of flowers to his new wife's neck as a sign of acceptance and sprinkles red powder on her hair, indicating that she is already a married woman.
Although usually related to the female world, pendants and necklaces have also been worn by men on countless occasions throughout history. For example, in the military field, it became a key piece of distinction between generals and high offices. In this case, long metal chains of the type gold or silver were used. They were also seen in warfare and gladiatorial battles. In the latter case, the very low-value material used, metals such as iron, made these chains really heavy to wear around the neck. What a barbarity!
The handmade pendants and ornaments for necklaces have remained in time and survived the passage of time without losing their value and symbolism. As we have seen, they have been from remote times until today, key pieces of jewelry and essential elements in the jeweler of any woman.
What are today's handmade pendants like?
Today, the manufacturing processes have become more sophisticated, but keep the originality and authenticity as it was done in antiquity. Some of the materials such as clay and clays are maintained in time and fashions. This is a material that allows to mold the beads and to add decorations and color and, once dry, it keeps a very good resistance for the daily use of necklaces and pendants.
Nowadays we find pendants of all kinds:
- Metals (gold, silver, stainless steel)
- Clays and mud
- Recyclable materials (reused everyday elements)
- Natural stones
The handmade pendants that evoke history and culture:
Barcelona is one of the cities where you will find more tradition for the elaboration of handcrafted jewels. There are small workshops with a lot of charm and dedicated to the design and production of handcrafted jewelry.
Many of the collections of necklaces and pendants are inspired by women, art, nature, history and the concept of the passage of time.
The Trart team is one of these workshops that faithfully follow this philosophy of work and, moreover, for many years. In each of their pieces, they try to transmit the wisdom and tradition of women who have left their mark. A clear example is their pendant model called Marie Antoinette, which takes us immediately to the gardens of Versailles, the white wigs and the velvet layers.
The collections of this brand are exclusive, which makes you not see replicas of your jewel in the street. They are created one by one to guarantee a unique result. The designs are worked through a manual process, just as jewelry was made in antiquity.
If you like history and art, you can visit their collection of handmade necklaces inspired by other great women like Frida Kahlo, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich ... Painting, cinema, music: Long live brave women!