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Bow Pendants 

When you’re all dressed, looking gorgeous, and ready for the day, there is always one thing that completes it. It’s mostly a small yet elegant piece that makes a nice difference when it’s worn. If this piece is not present in your day-to-day dressing then you might as well say goodbye to the glorious spark that comes with it. We’ve praised and praised this  “piece” still, you don’t know what it is. It’s not some overly extravagant thing it’s a simple necklace. Not just that, it’s a necklace with a pendant. 

These gorgeous jewelry pieces are all your dressing needs and then more. They can make a subtle beautiful statement or a loud show stopping statement. They can take many shapes and forms, metals and colors, gemstones and cuts, etc. Not to worry, later in this article, we will give you an insight into the types of pendants. 

The title has said it all if you are on the market for pendants, one that you wouldn’t want to miss out on is bow pendants. We are going to tell you everything you need to know about these gorgeous pendants.  However, it only makes sense that you learn about the jewelry piece first. 

What Are Pendants? 

In simple words, a pendant is an adornment that is attached to a necklace chain – or even, anklets, bracelets, or earrings – by a small loop of metal. It hangs freely. The pendant makes every neck piece outstanding.  As we stated earlier, it features a lot of styles e.g. the bow pendants

What Are Bow Pendants?

It is quite simple, these are pendants that feature the bow symbol. The bow can make up the whole pendant or be a subtle embellishment in a  different style of pendant. They are gorgeous pieces that allow even more adornments to further beautify them. The first striking feature of these pendants, though, is always the bow. So what are they? 

What is A Bow? 

A bow is characterized by two loops and two loose ends. It is usually made from clothes, ribbons, or even hair. The bows have been around as far back as the 16th century when tying locks of hair with bows and placing them in front of the chest reigned supreme. 

The use of bows can as well be attributed to Marquise De Fontage, a  mistress of Louis XIV. This happened during the French aristocracy in the 18th century. Apparently, Marquise de Fontage was out riding her horse one day and the wind blew away her hat. Now, at the time was considered risqué to leave your hair free. So she took a bow from her clothes and used it to tie her hair in place. 

Bows have been worn by men as well, albeit in different forms. When we take a trip to 1886, we find that Pierre Lorillard has created the tuxedo and “bow tie” as we know them today. As much as bow ties are viewed as masculine, sometime between the 1920s and 1930s women began to wear bow ties as well. 

Bows in jewelry also date back to the French court of Louis XIV. The gold and silver jewelry at the time sometimes featured two loops and loose ends, resembling bows. The bows could be left plain or adorned with gemstones. You could find them on necklaces and brooches – we consider this a historic appearance of bow pendants. Now, these pieces  of jewelry bear the name “Sevigne.” Named after Marquise de Sevigne, a woman that is known for the humorous letters she sent to her daughter,  letters that recorded important events in French history. 

Jewelry over the coming years would become more intricate and flexible due to advancing jewelry-making technologies. As we stated earlier,  bow pendants are certainly, not the only pendant style available.  

Pendant Styles 

The main purpose of pendants is to further embellish an already stunning neck chain, anklet, or bracelet. This allows it to exist in numerous ways.  With pendants, there is always a style that suits your style. Here are the popular pendant styles in the jewelry industry today. 

  • Solitaire Pendant Style: You’ve probably heard of solitaire rings whether or not you are vast in the jewelry industry. You may not know them by their name but by their signature single gemstone.  Funny enough, solitaire is a popular style in pendants just as in rings. In the same way that you would feature a diamond or colored gemstone in a ring, you would feature them on a pendant.  

Even in this style, there are settings used to hold gemstones in place. These are the three-prong martini setting, six-prong setting,  halo setting, and bezel setting.  

The three-prong and six-prong settings allow for maximum brilliance and fire while the halo and bezel settings are top-tier in protecting the gemstones. 

  • Cross Pendant Style: This pendant style is commonly attributed to religious purposes. Christianity has given the “cross” a religious significance, it boils down to the fact that Christ died on the cross.  So, it is believed to somewhat offer protection to the wearer.

Now the cross is characterized by a horizontal rod-like shape and a  vertical one. They are made to cut across each other close to the top of the vertical part. This classic cross has since been modified to other styles like the rose cross, the Celtic cross, and the Maltese cross. 

More often than not, the cross is embellished with gemstones like diamonds from top to bottom. This makes the beautiful pendant stand out even more. 

  • Heart-Shaped Pendant Style: It’s in styles like this that you will find the bows as embellishments. In that case, you choose whether to refer to it as heart pendants or bow pendants. 

The symbolism attached to heart-shaped pendants is rather powerful. Love pops in your mind when you see a heart. There is even a common misconception that the human heart looks like this  “heart” shape. The misconception adds to the fact that we believe emotions originate from the heart. 

A beautiful heart-shaped style you can find is the scattered heart.  This is no traditional-style pendant. It features an open heart angling at a point with small metals or gemstones arranged randomly inside the open space. 

They make beautiful additions to bow pendants, feast your eyes on our gorgeous collection at Goldia

  • Trilogy Pendant Style: As you may have deduced from the name,  it features three gemstones. These gemstones are more commonly arranged vertically. A stunning piece of jewelry. 
  • Journey Pendant Style: Now, this pendant style is quite similar to the trilogy. In the sense that it also features three gemstones. The only difference would be that the journey pendants have their stones increasing steadily in size, that is, a small gemstone at the top followed by a slightly bigger one and then completed with the biggest of their sizes. It’s a journey from big to small, hence, the name. 

Those are the common pendant styles. From our descriptions, you should have a clear image of each pendant style in your head. If you don’t, then you should check out some of them here at Goldia.  

Bow pendants are not a great choice for their elegance alone. These pendants have beautiful meanings that draw even more people towards them. 

What Do Bow Pendants Symbolize? 

Pendants always draw attention to themselves away from whatever jewelry piece it is attached to. Its beauty is quite remarkable, its symbolism even more so. Here are the meanings attached to these  pendants and its symbol: 

  • Remembrance 
  • Strength 
  • Support 
  • Bravery  
  • Femininity 
  • Love 
  • Beauty 
  • Innocence

If you were looking for a reason to get these pendants, we just gave you a little more than that! Now, a crucial part of buying this pendant. 

Building Your Bow Pendants 

In the way that you would build a ring, you select its metal, it's setting,  its gemstone, and the likes, that is the way you’d build a pendant.  However, since we're dealing with bow pendants, we have our setting settled. The main thing is metal that will make up the bow, and extend to your neck chain, anklet, or bracelet. 

Choosing A Metal For Your Bow Pendants 

Before we dive into the metal options available, you must consider your allergies. Most metals used to alloy others result in skin reactions such as redness or itchiness. The most common metals that cause this are nickel and copper. So, you should go for a hypoallergenic metal if you have sensitive skin. 

Gold 

Even if you are not immersed in the jewelry industry, you must have heard about gold once or twice. It’s everywhere from schools, down to even TV shows. Gold is a timeless metal, an all-time favorite. 

The only downside of gold would be its strength. If you use pure gold to shape your bow pendants, you’re in for a bumpy ride. Your bow will fall apart in no time. You may be wondering why then you see gold jewelry almost everywhere you look. We’ll tell you why, every piece of gold jewelry you find out there is either alloyed, gold-plated or gold-filled. 

The alloys, plating, and filling allow gold to be made more durable.  Gold-plated and gold-filled jewelry will typically retain its natural yellow hue while the alloys of gold can and mostly do result in a color difference. Here are the most common alloys of gold available in the  market: 

  • Rose Gold: This gold alloy has a signature pink appearance. The color appeals to the romantic and vintage senses of many people.  Hence, it’s a rising demand in the jewelry industry. 

The main metal that is used in this alloy is copper. The reddish nature of copper allows it to change the natural hue of gold, resulting in rose gold. The shade of rose gold depends on the amount of copper and sometimes silver that is present in the alloy.  Below is a list showing rose gold karats along with the percentage of alloy metals present in them. 

22K contains 91.66% gold and 8.33% copper. 

18K contains 75% gold, 22.25% copper, and 2.75% silver. 14K contains 58.33% gold, 32.5% copper, and 9.15% silver. 10K contains 41.66% gold, 38.33% copper, and 20% silver. 9K contains 37.5% gold, 42.5% copper, and 20% silver. 

Rose gold is a perfect choice for bow pendants especially if it’s for that special someone! 

  • White Gold: This alloy of gold is characterized by a white finish.  This is due to the addition of white metals to the alloy. The alloy metals commonly used in white gold are silver, zinc, nickel, and palladium.

White gold doesn’t always have a gold finish after the alloying process. To cover up the slight yellowness, a white metal called rhodium is used to plate the alloy. 

White gold appeals to the cool and calm senses of people, so if that’s what you’re going for, it is the right metal for your bow pendants.  

  • Yellow Gold: This is the alloy that retains the natural yellow color of gold the most. The main alloy metal used here is copper and zinc. They are used in small quantities in order not to alter gold's natural hue. 

Gold is a classic metal in the jewelry industry. The highest karat you can find in rose gold is 22K. If you’re out for 24K that’s a  different thing. You either get your pendant gold-filled or gold plated. 

  • Platinum: This is a white metal that is very durable. Its luster remains for a long time because it is highly scratch-resistant and can be polished every once in a while. 

Aside from platinum's beauty, the fact that it is hypoallergenic draws people to the metal. Your skin is 100% safe when it’s in contact with platinum bow pendants. 

Platinum is relatively the more expensive metal choice. If you’re on a budget, you can go for rhodium-coated white gold. Just remember to regularly take it for re-plating or dipping because over time the rhodium coating will wear off. 

Gemstones And Bow Pendants

You have the option of adding gemstones to your pendants. The kind of gemstones that will be added to your pendants are all up to you. Make sure you consider the 4 C's of the gemstones carefully. Typically, the higher any of the 4 C's the better rhodium-coated the more expensive.  You always want to go for gemstones that appear eye clean and are properly cut. Good cut facets will lead to remarkable brilliance.  Remember the 4C’s are: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Consult a  jewelry expert for the best quality that suits your budget. 

Choosing A Neck Chain For Your Bow Pendants  

A neck chain typically consists of loops interlocked to form a chain.  They come in many forms and are as well the chains you find on anklets and bracelets. Some of the common neck chains you can use for your  bow pendants are: 

  • Cable chain 
  • Figaro chain 
  • Snake chain 
  • Rope chain 
  • Curb chain 

When selecting the chain you should as well pick a clasp. The most common and preferred choice is the lobster clasp. Other common clasps are spring ring clasp, magnetic clasps, and barrel clasps. Consult a  jewelry expert for the most efficient clasps available. 

After you have successfully built your bow pendants, you buy them, take them home and begin flashing these beauties around your neck, wrists, or ankles. Eventually, they’d get dirty, and scratched and there’s only one way to keep them spick and span.

How To Care For Your Bow Pendants 

The good thing about jewelry is that every piece is practically cleaned and stored in the same manner. There are only slight differences if any. So, if you want your pendant to keep looking as fine as when you purchased it, you should follow this simple cleaning process. 

  • Soak the pendant in a bowl of water and mild dish soap, for a few minutes. 
  • Use a soft bristle brush such as a toothbrush to clean all around the pendant. 
  • Rinse the pendant under running water once clean. 
  • Pat dry with a fiber-free cloth. 

Clean your pendant regularly at least every two weeks. For proper storage, all you have to do is wrap them in a soft cloth separately from other pieces of jewelry. If you have a fabric-lined jewelry box that’s divided into compartments, even better! 

In addition to the maintenance practices mentioned above, we recommend you take your pendants for proper inspection by a jewelry expert. It would be of great benefit to you if you could do this at least once a year. 

You can agree with us now that this jewelry piece, bow pendants,  is an elegant and stunning choice. Go check out some of these beauties that will blow your mind at Goldia.

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