This pendant was believed to have prophylactic (protective)
powers. The maker is unknown, but it is made about 1540-60.
Inscriptions reinforce the amuletic properties of the gemstones.
At the top of the pendant, an invocation to ward off epilepsy
frames the garnet, a stone thought to strengthen the heart
and give vigour. Below, invocations to God, Jesus and the Virgin
Mary surround the peridot, thought to cure throat and
mouth diseases and bring happiness
Gold with enamel, hessonite garnet,
peridot and sapphire drop