Most cultures believe in the concept of bad luck or the evil eye and its effect on the overall wellbeing and try to remedy it in one way or the other! Be it stones, crystals, jewelry, horseshoe, a celtic knot and more! Let us find out the significance of some of these symbols or icons that are deeply entrenched in history and have become familiar symbols all over the world.
In some cultures, the evil eye jewelry is worn to ward off malevolent eyes of envious people who may be resentful of what you have. The eye offers protection and good luck, and turquoise as a colour is said to be calming, peaceful and infuses good karma, positive energies, and protection against the evil eye, so usually we find the evil eye in the colour blue.
According to internet reports, the evil eye has its origin in the Mesopotamian culture and has been found in Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Hindu cultures. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause one bad luck, or accidents. So evil eye jewelry and talismans are worn to protect against the effects of the evil eye. The Turkish Eye Bead is an “eye”, set on a blue background, gazing back at the world to ward off the evil eye and keep you safe from harm.
Charms and decorations with eye-like symbols are a common sight across Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Morocco, the Levant, and Afghanistan and have become a popular choice of souvenir with tourists, making them popular worldwide. They look beautiful too and who can resist the lure of a good luck charm?
The Hamsa hand on the other hand is a hand-shaped amulet found in the Middle East. The word hamsa, means five referring to the fingers of the hand. In Muslim culture,it is known as the Hand of Fatima, , the daughter of the Prophet Mohammed. The Fatima amulet is called a Khamsa in the Muslim world, from the Arabic word for five, and is seen as protection against the evil eye. The Hamsa Hand symbolizes the Hand of God and is a protective sign and is supposed to bring the owner joy, good fortune, wellbeing, and good luck. It is often worn as a pendant on a necklace but also is found on key chains, house decorations, baby carriages, and other jewelry items. From the perspective of Islam, the Hand of Fatima is worn as a lucky symbol, and each finger of the hand has a different attribute. One is faith, followed by prayer, pilgrimage, charity, and fasting.
Healing stones, gems and crystals are also supposed to activate or amplify energies, removing negative energy. For example, a rose quartz necklace that lies against your breastbone can help strengthen and heal the heart chakra.
As you can see, jewelry says a lot more than most people think. It’s fun to know exactly what your fashion statements are saying. Just like a well-designed tattoo, your jewelry is worth a thousand words.
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