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Pendants and Necklaces

Pendants and Necklaces


Pendants are some of the oldest types of jewelry known today, they were common in many different cultures. While some were used as ornaments alone, others had a large range of meanings. Often, they were used to convey a message, indicating a certain status, such as religion or amount of wealth. Charms were thought to be endowed with protective or other kind of magic. Lockets are made to hold a small object such as a picture of a loved one, and Medallions are granted as official awards.

There are few common shapes and styles. Solitaire ones are made of one stone, be it diamond or a piece of local rock. Three stone ones are a little bolder and could be considered less conservative than solitaires, but the message varies depending on the shape, metal and the pieces set in it. Flat surface made of metal or stones are also common, and suitable for engraving of a significant word or a loved one’s face. Besides those shapes, pendants have almost endless different shapes and styles, as they can be made out of any metal, stone or organic material (such as wood, clay, leather etc.) and it is this richness of options that make them the versatile pieces of jewelry they are, suitable for any occasion and attainable in a large price range.


Worn around the neck, necklaces have a few different kinds of styles, and are made out of different materials such as leather, string, gold, silver and more. Opera chain reaches to wearer’s breastbone, while matinee hangs lower than the neck, but higher than the breastbone. Princess ones reach the collarbone, and chokers are tight around the neck. There are endless possible designs, but some of the most popular are chain, weather made out of tiny or large links in shapes as simple as loops or complicated and intricate designs. Some are made out of a single string while others are crocheted; some are decorated with beads made out of glass, plastic, metal, woodfeathers or shells while others are plain.

What is the difference between a necklace and a pendant?

The difference between necklaces and pendants is that the former is worn specifically around the neck, while the latter could be either attached to it or worn around the wrist or hang from an ear. To conclude, a pendant might be a center piece hanging from the necklace.

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Twin Rail Mobius pendant with balls! - 3D printed metal @shapeways

Info and purchasing:

I designed this pendant, I call it Twin Rail Mobius - with balls!
To buy the pendant, please visit you will also need to obtain some (upto 31) 6mm (1/4" works too) balls

Its a kind of kinetic math art double möbius (mobius or moebius depending how you spell it) band or strip like structure with rails forming a continuous double loop ring track for ball bearings to travel around. I bought some 6mm chrome steel ball bearings and retro-fitted them. Chrome steel balls can be 'blued' by heating with a gas torch, see

As a piece of jewellery, this pendant is quite large (46mm max diameter) and is more suitable for a man.

Rapid Prototyping also makes use of 3D printing, but I prefer to create decorative and unusual objects. One of the benefits of 3D printing is that an item such as a mobius strip can be made without complicated tooling or destroying the master when a mould is made as the process is additive and the object is built up layer by layer. The item is literally grown from nothing!

Some have asked if this is my own invention - yes it is.
Others have asked if this is an illusion - no, it is not.
And thank you to Assimilate71 for the comment "Escher is impressed. Nice design" 🙂

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A smaller version, as yet untested with 4mm balls, is available via Shapeways, see;