Symbolic jewellery: necklaces, bracelets, earrings and charms with symbols / symbolism

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Some people possess a piece of jewellery that has a special meaning for them – possibly something sentimental or a love symbol, or a gift. Others like to wear jewellery such as necklaces and bracelets for a specific occasion or event that passes on a message or has a special significance such as a symbol of good luck. And some people like to wear a piece of jewellery like a ring, for example which is symbolic of what they believe or hope or want; something spiritual or religious possibly: It is symbolic jewellery with symbolic meaning / symbolism and it appeals to men and women, boys and girls – whether that person is your mother or father, brother or sister, son or daughter, girlfriend or boyfriend, fiance / husband / wife, or simply a good friend or work mate. Objects and living things like flowers can also be symbolic.

St James symbolic dog tag
Symbolic jewellery in this St James dog tag necklace of El Camino de Santiago
Symbolic flower copy
Not only jewellery is symbolic – this Hibiscus flower is a symbol of purity and delicate beauty
Symbolic bracelet - hearts
Symbolic bracelet featuring hearts – a symbol of love

Symbolic jewellery makes a great gift for any occurrence: To someone travelling perhaps (for good luck, for example) – or if they are entering a competition or other exam, or as a get well gift, someone retiring, or even as a celebration gift of something like a wedding, graduation, Christening/Communion/Confirmation.

Why?

A symbol is something that represents an idea, belief, entity – or meaning. In symbolic jewellery, symbols take the form of shapes, figures, tokens, emblems and word charms. For example, a heart can symbolise love and compassion.

Symbolic necklace - heart gold
Symbolic necklace – jewellery with a heart is symbolic of love or caring
Camino jewelry Santiago gold
Scallop shell jewellery symbolic of El Camino de Santiago – this gold pendant is hand crafted by goldsmiths in Galicia, northern Spain
Tau cross Camino symbolic necklace
This Tau cross is symbolic of St Francis and also of pilgrims as seen on El Camino Way of St James in Spain

In ancient cultures, jewellery pieces (particularly necklaces) were used to indicate the status of a person, often connected with royalty, authority or religion. Some symbolic jewellery was thought to possess magical power and was often connected to a deity/god. The jewellery itself was believed to pass on magical power to the person wearing it (think of the Lord of the Rings). And, although to some people nowadays it sounds far-fetched, there are still millions and millions of people that believe this. And why not?

People of many cultures wear bracelets, necklaces and other symbolic jewellery to provide protection or ward off evil: The Christian cross is just one example of this symbolism, as is the Hamsa, the Ankh, the Star of David, Guardian Angels and the St Christopher. Others wear symbolic jewellery for different reasons – for good luck, for example as is the case of the Indalo, Clover, or Horseshoe. Some people like jewellery featuring wise Owls and other creatures from the animal world like Butterflies, Elephants, Eagles, Scarabs and so on. And some prefer celestial or astrological symbols and different types of gemstones often found in rings and bracelets.

Anklet symbolic owls
Owls are symbolic of wisdom, among other things and are popular symbols on jewellery
Symbolic bracelet - butterfly
A symbolic jewellery bracelet featuring the butterfly – a symbol of freedom, re-birth and new beginnings
Clover symbolic jewellery
The clover on this necklace is symbolic of good luck

Of course, the simple wedding ring is a piece of symbolic jewellery. And the Heart is perhaps the love symbol most commonly found in the world. They are usually given as gifts.

In Hindu belief, gold and silver are considered sacred metals. Gold is symbolic of the warm sun, while silver suggests the cool (but motherly) moon.

Symbolic jewellery has a personal meaning connected to the individual – or the person gifting it. As with many tattoos, there are some symbols (like the anchor, for example) that are just appreciated for their association with a particular lifestyle.

Symbolic object - Indalo
The Indalo is a symbolic object or shape for good luck
Symbolic Christmas tree
The Christmas tree is a symbol of (evergreen) life in the depths of winter – and this tree in Elche is likewise symbolic of the tree of life
Symbolic Toledo
Symbolism is all around us. This statue is in Toledo, Spain

So: What do people actually WANT from their jewellery? Is it something that feels nice? Is it something expensive? Or is it something symbolic, that means something personal?

In our experience, many people are looking for jewellery with meaning: jewellery that has REAL significance and symbolism: That is, it has some true and actual symbolic value that is relevant to the person who owns it, gifts it, or who is wearing or carrying it: More often than not, it contains a symbol of something that these people not only want, but maybe also need.

There are several examples of this:

– Jewellery that passes on a “message”

– Jewellery that supports a faith or belief (especially for people who turn to their faith or belief as a source of solace and protection)

– Jewellery that promises some sort of wellbeing (or even, good health) – as is often seen in gemstones, or the protective properties of an ancient talisman (or a Guardian Angel symbol, for example)

– Jewellery that offers friendship or love

For jewellery that has a religious significance, there are Christian crosses like those of St. James or of Caravaca, or of the traveller’s protector, St. Christopher. Another example is the Hamsa Hand of Fatima – a sign of compassion and protection, thought to provide defence against the ‘evil eye’ of jealousy and to strenghthen the vulnerable or weak.

For jewellery that promises well-being and possible lifestyle benefits, we have the Yin Yang symbol of ancient China meaning ‘shadow and light’, which is used to describe how opposites or seemingly contrary forces are inter-connected and inter-dependent . . representing the concept of harmony and friendship – two aspects in a single reality: Or, we could look at Shamballa – a symbol of ancient Buddhism which, for lots of people, has strong spiritual meaning, and it is thought to impart a special feeling of peace, happiness and calm. In Europe, we have the symbol of the Indalo found particularly in southern Spain which offers good luck, prosperity and protection. And also in this region of the world, we see the Scallop Concha shell of the Camino de Santiago – the Way of St James, a famous pilgrimage route through southern France and across northern Spain walked by many to find inspiration – and thought to improve a person’s outlook on life, bringing them closer to nature and expanding their horizons.

For jewellery that promises friendship (or even love), we have the Heart – which can be an extremely powerful symbol of love when coupled with other symbols (or inscriptions, such as word charms, saying such things as “Thinking of you”)

Symbolic necklace - heart
Necklace in the shape of a heart also featuring an extra love heart birthstone whose colour or gem material is symbolic of a particular month
Sea symbolic of power and danger
Water is symbolic of the soul and of purity, and healing; but beware, although the sea features in many creation stories as life-giving, it is also stormy, powerful and dangerous and so can be life-taking too (ask Odysseus)
Symbolic bracelet - heart
Bracelet symbolic of love or caring

So please browse our SHOP for symbolic jewellery – you will find many examples . . it is what we do 🙂

 

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