We all need a little luck to get us through life, especially, living in the 21st century like we do! No wonder then, that we place a lot of importance on charms – we need to believe in tangible symbols of protection. While we know God is up there, watching over us, a little help on the side from little objects and symbols never hurt! Women are special believers of this as they get to indulge another side of their belief – they indulge in the most exquisite charm jewellery possible, all in the name of keeping evil at bay.
Us modern women aren’t alone, though. Both men and women as far back as the Neolithic Age resorted to wearing charms or keeping them on their person at all times to ward off the evil eyes of their enemies. An unusual stone or a bit of wood would be seen as a sign from the heavens and men and women would carry it around for protection. Though the credit for elaborate charm jewellery goes to the Egyptian Pharaohs – it was during the course of this civilisation that the first instances of charm jewellery made its appearance. Well known for their obsession for preparing for the afterlife, the Egyptians made sure that they wore charms to ensure a safe transgression. The charms not only proved to be protective and indicative of a person’s status but they were also thought to help the Gods guide the wearer and his/her possessions to the proper place in the afterlife.
In the middle ages, charms were worn by knights and royalty setting out for war – and they had a LOT of wars at that time. These charms were definitely made to protect but they were also used to wreak havoc on the opposing army. They were also worn on belts to indicate family status, origin and class. During the Renaissance, with the advent of learning and rejection of superstition, charms lost their popularity somewhat and they continued to be used by people of lower classes and education. However, in the 20th century, charms made a big comeback with Queen Victoria wearing the family crest and symbols of good luck on her bracelets and the end of WWII saw charm jewellery soaring in popularity again and now they are here to stay. Here are some of the more popular charm jewellery that can be bought by women looking to ward off evil and look fashionable at the same time:
Turkish evil eye: The eye has always been an important and powerful talisman against evil – across cultures and countries. Of late, this concept has caught the fancy of many women who wear the Turkish evil eye as a protection against all conscious or unconscious negative energy – even the most well meaning compliment can be accompanied by a twinge of jealousy or resentment – wouldn’t we all agree?
Four leaved clover: Finding a four leaf clover is uncommon as the tiny plant generally has three leaves. According to legend such a find represents good luck and fortune for the finder and the four leave are symbolic of faith, hope, love and luck. Silver, gold or metal clovers are a well sough after piece of jewellery for this reason.
The ankh charm: The Egyptian ankh serves as a direct connection to the divine for the wearer and since its shape resembles a key, it is also symbolic of a key to a beautiful afterlife. The wearer is protected by the love of the divine against all evil.
Birthstones: Wearing your birthstone is also considered to be lucky as they afford more personal protection. Find out what your birthstone is and have it set in any metal of your choice as a locket or bracelet.
Horseshoe: A very popular charm, make sure that you wear the horseshoe pendant with the two ends pointing upwards. If you wear it pointing downwards, believers say that your luck will flow downwards and out.
A nut of a rudraksh tree, a wishbone, a jade stone, crystals, a double headed coin, a scarab beetle, owls, dolphins, butterflies, amber, - list goes on and on. All these and more make up charm jewellery. Choose what looks the best on you and rest assured that no evil will be able to harm you!