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Category Archive: Symbolism

Ship’s Wheel and Anchor symbolism

Ship's wheel brooch

Gorgeous brooch. Ship’s Wheel and Anchor symbolism

Ship’s Wheel and Anchor symbolism
The value of the wheel jewellery is in its symbolism. Thus, choosing wheel jewellery a person chooses his own path in life. So, he is responsible for his actions and is ready for any twist of fate. Another value of the wheel jewellery, less common – a love of adventure, traveling and a tendency to change places. In fact, the steering wheel is a solar sign. But it turned out that the steering wheel – one of the ancient emblems, occurring in the early Middle Ages. A wheel was portrayed with handles (two or more), and meant emblem of leadership and management. This logo, undoubtedly, came from the sun wheel as a symbol of divine power (the handle – the remains, vestiges of light) and only later began to correspond with the ship’s wheel.
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Turtle in jewellery

Bracelet with green enamel Turtles in vintage style. Handmade. Made of metal alloy coated in gold antique, with Swarovski crystals and rock crystal

Turtle in jewellery. Bracelet with green enamel Turtles in vintage style. Handmade. Made of metal alloy coated in gold antique, with Swarovski crystals and rock crystal

Amulets in the form of a turtle are found in ancient Egypt. In China, sacred turtle has long been a mascot of wisdom and long life, carved figures of turtles on roofs of wooden houses served as a protection from fire. In India, the giant wise turtle Kurma was one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, and its feet, according to ancient myths, served as a support to space. In Mongolian myths, golden turtle holds the central mountain of the universe, and in many mythologies, it was seen as a symbol of material existence, as a mediator between heaven and earth. In the ancient East, it was considered (these beliefs took over Europe) that tortoise shell protects the home from evil spells and the Grail, the cup from it will protect against poison, and tortoiseshell bracelets – from any damage. In the ancient world and ancient Mexico, tortoise, because of the large number of laid eggs was recognized a mascot of fertility.
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Farm bird Apotropaic magic

18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Ruby Rooster Brooch, Oscar Heyman & Brothers

Farm bird Apotropaic magic. 18 Karat Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Ruby Rooster Brooch, Oscar Heyman & Brothers

Farm bird Apotropaic magic.
Many birds were seen as being endowed with apotropaic magic. Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that the image of a chicken – amulet against the evil eye, as well as a chicken egg. Egg amulet is known in almost all cultures, stone eggs are found even in before-Neolithic graves. In Europe, as a talisman and amulet since ancient times were used the so-called bone desires – V-shaped chicken or turkey breast bone, both present in the form of pendants, and brooches, trinkets of gold and silver. A variety of necklaces, charms with golden ducks found in ancient Egypt, and later – in the Hellenistic and Eastern world. A pair of mandarin ducks “Yuan-yang” symbolized and also served as a talisman of conjugal life in China. Fluffy tail of the wild duck was attached to the earrings of Tajiks and Uzbeks, in addition, in Central Asia, Apotropaic magic had feathers and claws of birds, embodying fertility: dove, pheasant, rooster.
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Protective child amulets

Protective child amulets

Protective child amulets

To a special group belong amulets and talismans for children, especially vulnerable and desirable to the evil forces. Among special children apotropaic amulets almost all over the world are rattles or other noisy and ringing items driving out evil spirits. The Indians of the Americas used in this role amulets – rattles – dried gourd with dry seeds in them. in Russia – dried poppy heads and woven from birch bark toys, emitting a rustling sound. The descendants of the ancient tintinnabutum – equipped with bells suspension, depicting men with a huge phallus, suspended on a cradle throughout Europe. In Central Asia, the bells were worn on a chain around kids’ neck; silver, bronze, copper suspension with bells became so familiar to all of us modern plastic rattle in the form of beads for strollers. Many apotropes were put to the newborn at the bottom of the crib or bassinet. In Europe over the cradle hung bells, horns and Fig signs (Italy, Spain), shells, cowries, and under the pillow put mole foot or claw of big animal, the rooster spurs, horns of black kid, scarab, brush (counting its “hair” distracted the witches from the child), a sharp object – a knife, scissors (the evil forces stumbled on them); amulet made of wax Easter candles.
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Frog inspired jewellery

Frog inspired jewellery

Beautiful brooch depicting Frog on a leaf, colored stones and diamonds in yellow gold. Frog inspired jewellery

Frog inspired jewellery
Traditionally, in many nations frog played the role of amulets and talismans of fertility, preservation of sexual power. Dried frogs even today serve as a home wards in South-East Asia: Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand. In China, where the frogs are called “heavenly chicken”, their figures are made of jade, as talisman of long life and wisdom. In Latin America, the frogs are considered fore mothers, and therefore protectors of all human spirit.
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Sun and Moon sacred power

Sun and Moon sacred power

Sun and Moon sacred power. Azza Fahmy Diamond Crescent Star ring, 18-carat gold, sterling silver, diamonds

Among the most ancient cults in the history of mankind is the worship of the Sun and Moon. Although the cult of the stars, endowing nature and human with fertility, cleansing force is international, it received powerful development in ancient Egypt, Assyria, Urartu in all forms and kinds of variations of solar and lunar characters. The broadest dissemination of amulets in a realistic image of the Sun and Moon were widespread in Egypt, in particular, crescent – a sign of Isis – served as an amulet for women and children.
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Magic Plants in Jewellery

Magic Plants in Jewellery. Vintage brooch Gold Acorn

Gold Acorn Vintage brooch. Magic Plants in Jewellery

Magic Plants in Jewellery
Any modern or vintage brooch with floral motif performs both functions – a decorative and an amulet. Considered the most ancient jewelry, amulets included onion, garlic, pepper, seeds and fragrant herbs. A huge number of plants endowed with magical properties, especially spicy, with characteristic odor. Traditionally, tufts of grass hang on the walls of the house, barns and stables.
Acorn, in particular, was a symbol of fertility and immortality, because from it grows a mighty oak tree, which can live for centuries. Anciently prized for potential power, acorn became a symbol of rebirth, perseverance and courage. In ancient cultures people perceived acorn as a talisman and amulet against evil spirits – from lightning strikes, natural and human disasters.
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