One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A gem, especially a diamond, cut in the shape of a drop and used as a pendant; a piece of jewellery of similar design. Also as adjective: designating such a gem.
Early 17th century. From French pendeloque religious medallion, probably in the form of a pendant, something which hangs from an object, little piece of crystal, piece of crystal suspended from a chandelier from pendeler to dangle + -oche, suffix forming nouns, of uncertain origin, with ending subsequently altered to -oque, perhaps after breloque.
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