There are many trends in jewellery, however, none so prevalent and historic as Symbolic Jewellery. Jewellery has been used for spiritual protection and enlightenment since civilization as we know it began, often as a tribute to religious figures or in representing beliefs.
Whether you need a magical amulet for luck, Love, Health, Growth, Positivity, Power, Meditation, Strength, Eclectic Artisans’ collection of amulets & talismans are vast to choose from. What turns your piece of jewellery into a Talisman or Amulet? It’s simple – Belief. Along with magical sigils or geometry, particular gemstones or a material used to construct the talisman is what lends it a specified power or purpose.
In contemporary jewellery, these motifs have most often come to be more of a visual statement rather than to make a statement. Let’s take a look at some of the most prevalent motifs in symbolic jewellery and what they mean.
The Evil Eye
The evil eye has been used as a motif in jewellery for hundreds and thousands of years and was thought to reflect negative energy, therefore protecting and bringing success, happiness love and prospective wealth to the wearer.
The Evil Eye is one of the most popular symbolic images we can find in contemporary jewellery, also making it’s way as a popular motif in fashion. You’ll find it everywhere from Kenzo the brand, to it being sported by Madonna, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton.
Because of its vibrant colours, it makes an excellent motif to illustrate with gemstones, diamonds, pearls and hand-painted enamel.
The Hamsa Hand and the Hand of Fatima have become popular good luck symbols worldwide and are common symbols in both Jewish and Muslim communities.
Both are equally and best known for the power to protect the owner from the evil eye and bring happiness to the holder.
“Hamsa” means “five,” which represents the fingers of the right hand that appear on the amulet. The fingers of the hand can be spread apart (to ward off evil), or closed together (to welcome good luck. This hand, also known as the Hand of Miriam, can have more universal connotations — it thanks God by celebrating the five senses.
We’ve seen this motif in everything to the popular textiles gracing the runway this year, to simple charm necklaces and bracelets readily available at most jewellery stores. The Hamsa hand is a popular charm to say the least.
The Nazar, much like the Evil Eye motif, is meant to protect. Coming from a Mediterranean history, the Nazar is an amulet most popularly made of blue glass, and it’s meant to protect you from the evil eye.
The definition of evil eye varies culturally, but in the broadest sense this amulet is meant to protect you from bad wishes and curses that come your way. In the case of the Nazar, often jealousy or envy is the lending factor of these ill wishes.
The Nazar is common in glass jewellery as well as enamel but can be seen to be portrayed in diamonds, crystals and is very commonly found in a bevel settings for rings, necklaces and charm bracelets.
The Om Symbol
Om represents the inner self and the universe, and ultimately – the connection between the two! Its three sounds are said to represent trios: everything from the states of consciousness to the Hindu Gods. This motif is also associated with the Lord Ganesha and represents the source of all existence.
Om can be found in popular culture from textile patterns to jewellery, logos and brands up to the yoga craze. One thing is to be clear, have an understanding of this piece before wearing it.
The Om symbol can most often be found in gold and silver jewellery in the form of a pendant worn close to the heart.
Our Modern Take on Symbolism
Because of the nature of Talisman’s and Symbolic motifs in today’s culture, it’s easy to overlook their history and meaning. Respect is often left out of the equation and that’s why we are a proud supporter of coexist jewellery.
Coexist is a word formed by a variety of cultural and symbolic motifs that shows your support that we all exist in mutual tolerance despite different ideologies or interests.
The designer, Piotr Mlodozeniec’s basic coexistence design is uncomplicated and easy to understand. The original design uses three symbols that stand for Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.
Today, there are several different versions of the coexist design. Starting with Mlodozeniec’s conception, the newer designs add additional symbols:
- for the letter “o,” the peace symbol or pagan/Wiccan pentacle is substituted
- for the letter “e,” a male/female symbol or a scientific equation is substituted
- for the letter “i,” a pagan/Wiccan symbol is substituted
- for the letter “s,” a Chinese yin-yang symbol is substituted
Far from being a niche market, spiritual jewellery is being embraced by designers all over the world. Of course, opinions will be divided on whether or not a jewel can imbue its wearer with any spiritual shield. Regardless, all these pieces are beautiful in their own right!
No wonder jewellery is the perfect and sentimental form to represent such symbolism. Being such generational items, we encourage you to share your beliefs with the world through the world of jewellery! But don’t forget, it’s important to educate ourselves about the symbolic things we buy and how we portray them.
References: The Jewellery Editor