Ooooh la la! October 05 2014

Ah, the pendant, seen everywhere in the world and throughout history.

“Pendant” derives from the Old French word "pendre" and the Latin word "pander," which means "to hang down." A Wikipedia entry notes that "one of the earliest types of bodily adornment is the pendant.”

“Primeval man liked to put a tiny hole in a beautiful rock and slip a string usually made of grass or vine so it could be hung around the neck. Shells and other indigenous materials could also be used. In Ancient Egypt, Pharaohs normally wore scarab beetle pendants to symbolize their wealth and power."  

We decorate our bodies in many ways, with clothes, tattoos, jewelry, hair and makeup. Our personal “décor” says something about us, regardless of whether we want to reveal or conceal ourselves. We self-decorate for fun and our own amusement. We do it to make a statement and sometimes for attention. But most often, we just want to feel beautiful. 

Pendants make that statement very personal. And they make us feel beautiful. Round, square, shiny, glass, metals, gems, shells. Almost anything does the trick as long as it speaks to us, or about us.  

I don’t work with scarab beetles. But I do have a new line of Wearable Glass Art. My dichoric pendants are each unique. Bold, beautiful, intriguing – expressive! Check them out here. Wearable Glass Art

Bodily adornment in colourful glass. Ooooh la la!

Check out other Glass by Charis pieces here

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