Friday, August 17, 2012
An amulet, similar to a talisman (Arabic: طلسم / transliterated: tilasim), can be any object but its most important characteristic is its alleged power to protect its owner from danger or harm. Potential amulets include gems, especially engraved gems, statues, coins, drawings, pendants, rings, plants and animals; even words in the form of a magical spell, incantation, to repel evil or bad luck.
The Hamsa, a palm shaped amulet, is a universal sign of protection in many societies throughout history.
I've been back at the jewelry desk this week upcycling my vast collection of vintage, new and reworked findings. This piece features two helping hands, one of which is a traditional hamsa. As with most of what I make, I try to include either genuine stones with some energetic healing powers, or charms that carry a message of hope, protection or inspiration. I simply relate to the idea of wearing things that hold special meaning or significance.