The words amulet and pendant are often used interchangeably but the terms technically have different meanings. We will discuss what an amulet and a pendant are and the differences between them.
What is an amulet?
An amulet is most commonly known as a piece of jewelry that is believed to have special powers. Amulets are thought to be infused with magic or blessed in such a way to keep disease, evil and any other danger away. The amulet is worn to protect the owner and can also be worn as a good luck charm.
Amulets originated in ancient Egypt and can be traced clear back to the fourth century. They are typically part of some form of folk religion and paganism. Amulets have also been formalized in mainstream religions as well, such as Christianity.
What is a pendant?
A pendant is a decorative piece of jewelry that hangs freely that can be worn on a chain, necklace, bracelet, ribbon, earring, and even a brooch. A pendant is not infused with magic or blessed and is not typically worn for protection or luck. Pendants are quite often made so they are able to detach and worn differently.
There are many forms that pendants can take, such as pearls, large gemstones, lockets, crosses, cameos, and watches. Early signs of identification, authority, seals, and ranks were used by wearing pendants.
What is the difference between an amulet and a pendant?
There are a few differences that separates an amulet from a pendant. The main difference is that an amulet is worn to protect its holder from danger and a pendant does not hold those powers. An amulet may be worn as a pendant, but not all amulets are in the style of a pendant.
Making the choice between an amulet or a pendant is entirely up to you and your lifestyle. Whichever one you choose, we’re here to help. Give us a call at (720) 560-3548 or book your appointment to get started!