Professional Jeweler Archive: Three Classic Styles of Pendants

February 2003

For Your Staff/Selling Jewelry Styles

Three Classic Styles of Pendants

Learning about different styles, selling points and where they come from can make your job more interesting and profitable


A medallion is a large, flat, usually disc-like pendant bearing a figure or design.

Religious medallion by Metal Marketplace International, Philadelphia, PA; (215) 592-8777.

Photo by Robert Weldon.

Photo by Robert Weldon.


A locket is a hinged pendant that holds a picture or memento of a loved one. The bail or loop on the end of the pendant comes in many styles and forms. The snap-on bail, for example, slips through a ring already on the pendant. Others are loops that must be soldered to the pendant. Oversize bails on wider necklaces allow a pendant to hang and slide.

Heart pendants by Carla Corp., East Providence, RI; (401) 438-7070.

Charm Keepers

A charm keeper is a loop on which several charms are hung; the whole unit serves as a pendant.

Charm keeper and charms by Rembrandt Charms, Buffalo, NY; (716) 633-2450.

Photo by Robert Weldon.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P

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