Weird Heirloom Jewelry: The Medallion Pendant, Part I

Heirlooms Jewelry Design History Mysteries

ballerina with pearl medallion heirloom
My grandmother's necklace

This strange medallion pendant used to belong to my grandmother and was given to me years ago.

Here's what I know (or think I know) about it:

It was given to my grandmother by my grandfather's mother. She likely would have bought it near where she lived in Southern Louisiana.

I also have in my possession similar heirlooms inscribed with the dates 1960 and 1962, so I believe this particular medallion was also made around the late 50s or early 60s.


...While medallions may conjure imagery of this:


St. Christopher Medallion
St. Christopher Medallion | Photo: Ruby Lane

...Or this:

WWI Military Medal | Photo: WarRelics.eu
WWI Military Medal | Photo: WarRelics.eu

...Or even this:

The Bee Gees | Photo: Retro Active Critique
The Bee Gees | Photo: Retro Active Critique

...the medallion that was handed down to me, doesn't exactly seem to fit in any of the above traditions. But I find it's bizarre charm endearing and I would love to know more about the design, the designer and the culture that inspired it's creation.

Have you seen a similar piece of jewelry? Or do you perhaps have your own piece of weird heirloom jewelry that you would be willing to shoot and share? I'd love to hear your comments below!


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