jewellery symbols: evil eye, tree of life, hamsa hand, claddagh, miraculous mary & st christopher

Written by Katie Graves
17.06.2019, 11:00

You’ve probably seen jewellery with the evil eye symbol on, but do you know what this means? We’re here to tell you the meaning behind all the symbols you frequently see at your favourite jewellers.

| Evil Eye | Tree of Life | Hamsa Hand | Claddagh | Miraculous Mary | St Christopher |

Evil Eye

The evil eye is extremely common in countries such as Greece and Turkey, in fact, if you’ve ever been on holiday there you will probably remember seeing an abundance of evil eye products. It is seen as a symbol of protection against harm and deflects bad feeling or evil away from the wearer.

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Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is a myth that relates to the sacred tree which can be seen throughout many religions such as Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism. It is a symbol of life, fresh starts, good health, family, strength, growth and immortality.

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Hamsa Hand

The Hamsa Hand is an amulet, originally from Ancient Egypt, and is frequently used in jewellery and house decoration. It symbolises protection whilst giving the wearing success and harmony. In Judaism, the Hamsa symbols the five senses (5 fingers) that are used to praise God.

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The Claddagh is an Irish ring from the 17th Century representing love (heart), friendship (hands) and loyalty (crown). The ring has different positions for different people. If single, you should wear on your right hand with the heart facing outwards. In a relationship? Wear on the right hand with the heart facing you. Engaged? Left hand with heart facing outwards and if married, still on the left hand but with the heart facing you.

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Miraculous Mary

The Miraculous Mary medal was designed after the apparitions of the Virgin Mary in France. The Catholic Church state that the medal is used as a sacrament and prepares people for receiving grace.

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St Christopher

The St Christopher medal is a Catholic honour medal. It is used for protection whilst the wearer travels. St Christopher was baptised after learning about Christ and carried a child across a river, who turned out to be Christ himself. St Christopher declared that he would carry who needed it all across danger and he is known to be the patron saint of travellers for this reason.

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