Horseshoe jewellery kaleidoscope
A friend was visiting the famous atom scientist, Nobel Prize winner Niels Bohr in his home. During the talking, the friend kept staring at a horseshoe hanging over the door. At last, his curiosity made him ask:
“Niels, it can’t possibly be that you, a brilliant scientist, believe the foolish horseshoe superstition?!”
“Of course I don’t,” replied the scientist. “But I understand it’s lucky whether you believe in it or not.”
Belief in lucky horseshoe quality – one of the most common modern superstitions among many people, regardless of religion – Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and atheists. Everyone believes that a horseshoe brings good luck to the house, but not everyone knows where this belief has come from. Here are some interesting facts in Horseshoe jewellery kaleidoscope.
The fact that in ancient Egypt, Pharaoh’s horses were shod with golden horseshoes, and knowing this, the crowd often ran for a passing chariot of Pharaoh in the hope that one of the horses lost a shoe. The finder of it became a rich man, and as a symbol of wealth was often equated with happiness, then the holder of a horseshoe was considered lucky. Interestingly, unsuspecting Pharaoh thought (naive) that the crowd of people fleeing the chariot runs out of love for him.
Belief in horseshoe as a protection from evil forces could arise from the legend of Saint Dunstan and the Devil. One day to the saint, known blacksmith, came the devil and asked him to shod his hoof. St. Dunstan did not refuse the request, and when he began to forge, the devil asked for mercy. But before the blacksmith released the chained, he had forced him to swear that devil would never come into the room where a horseshoe was hanging.
There is also a version of that faith in the protective powers of a horseshoe spread throughout Europe by the Roman conquerors – they believed that evil can be nailed to anything.
But there is a more prosaic explanation. Previously, the metal was very expensive, so to find such a useful household item as horseshoe, was a good luck.
Wherever came the belief in miraculous powers of a horseshoe, it is very firmly rooted in people’s minds and is popular to this day.
At the beginning of the last century one of the good wishes of loved ones was, “Let your doorstep will never lose its horseshoes!”.
And here are some interesting facts from around the world.
In the East, as well as in some European countries and Latin America it was decided to hang a horseshoe horns down to luck rain on incoming.
In England and Ireland, a horseshoe was hung horns up, as the population of these countries were convinced that that was the only way to accumulate a fortune, otherwise it will pour down.
Mexicans decorate horseshoe with ribbons, coins and images of saints, and to touch a horseshoe with hands is strictly prohibited.
The Italians, on the contrary, hang a horseshoe so that each incoming could touch it and get his portion of happiness.
Modern decorative horseshoe in its beauty can not be compared with the original protection of horses’ hooves. They look stylish, charming and refined, and their design is very different from one another. The size of the horseshoe can also be different. One thing is clear – this magic thing is sure to take its rightful place in modern life.
Modern horseshoe made of precious metals is considered a good gift. Most often for horseshoe is used silver. Horseshoe from silver in the hands of a skilled jeweler receives an elegant, refined form. It can be decorated with intricate patterns and beautiful stones. Some author’s creations of horseshoe are masterpieces of art.
Horseshoe turned into souvenirs, accessories, decorations for clothes, shoes, furniture. Many women wear them as earrings, pendants, pins, brooches and other ornaments, and as a good luck charm it accompanies them everywhere.
The theme of horseshoes is used in the facades of houses, in the ornaments for the interiors, forged products: fences, lattices and gazebos. The same theme is used in the exterior of the car, in the drawings for fabrics, engraving coins and even the tattoos on the body.
So think for yourself, decide for yourself – to hang a horseshoe on a wall or a door of your home, or wear a small jeweled horseshoe as a brooch, earring, pendant.
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