Almond Indian Marriage Pendant
£4,945
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Almond Indian Marriage Charm pendant in 9ct yellow gold set with blue topaz - Inspired by the charms on an Indian marriage necklace (known as a Thali) in the Victoria and Albert museum from Madras, India. The thali and thayittus are essential parts of the necklace but they often contain a number of charms in the form of fruits, seeds and spices such as this one. From the Journey to India.

The pendant, including loop, measures approximately 58mm in length. The pendant is shown here together with another of the pendants from the Marriage Necklace pendant collection. Each pendant is sold and priced individually.

All Cassandra Goad pendants are sold without chains so that you may select the chain of your choice, both in style and length. If you would like to add a chain have a look at our selection here.

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Indian Marriage Pendant

Back from India, I spent an afternoon in the V and A museum's Indian galleries and there, in a small cabinet on the side, was a gold necklace. Unusually the necklace was threaded on a heavy black cord, almost a rope. Along its length, evenly spaced, were golden amulets with wonderfully deeply-engraved textures and all of them with differing outlines. As I read about it from the notes inside the cabinet, I learnt that it had come from southern India - as part of a dowry. The gold pendants, I realised, represented seed pods known as Thali (charms) from Southern India representing exotic spices, fruits and seeds. In the necklace there were (in no particular order): aniseed, Tulasi-madan (sacred basil and very common in India), mango, plantain, coconut, brinjal, coriander, almonds, melon and nutmeg.

Blue Topaz

Topaz is an Aluminum fluoro- hyrdroxyl- silicate that occurs in large crystals mostly in Brazil. Its slightly turquoise blue hue, is similar to that of aquamarine. It is perhaps this colour that makes it the stone symbolising friendship and love, honest and fidelity. It is the birthstone for November.

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