Bracelet with small Hamsa pendant wit zirconia stones.
Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, the hamsa is believed to provide defense against the evil eye. The symbol predates Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Very powerful protection amulet. The hamsa hand is known by many names—hamsa, hamsa hand, hamesh, hamesh hand, khamsa, and chamsa. Arabs also call the amulet simply al-kaff ( "the hand") or Fatima's hand.
Levantine Christians call it the hand of Mary, for the Virgin Mary. The Hand-of-Mary that was used to protect women from the evil eye, boost fertility and lactation, promote healthy pregnancies, and strengthen the weak, and in the Buddha's gesture (mudrā) of teaching and protection.
Jews refer to it as the hand of Miriam in remembrance of the biblical Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron. Many Jews believe that the five fingers of the hamsa hand remind its wearer to use their five senses to praise God.The symbol of the hand appears in Kabbalistic manuscripts and amulets, doubling as the Hebrew letter "shin," the first letter of "Shaddai," one of the names referring to God.
SYMBOLISM AND USAGE
The Hand (Khamsa) is a sign of protection that also represents blessings, power, and strength, and is seen as potent in deflecting the evil eye.One of the most common components of gold and silver jewellery, historically and traditionally, it was most commonly carved in jet or formed from silver, a metal believed to represent purity and hold magical properties.It is also painted in red (sometimes using the blood of a sacrificed animal) on the walls of houses for protection,or painted or hung on the doorways of rooms, such as those of an expectant mother or new baby.The hand can be depicted with the fingers spread apart to ward off evil, or as closed together to bring good luck.Used to protect against evil eye, a malicious stare believed to be able to cause illness, death, or just general unluckiness, hamsas often contain an eye symbol.
- Gold 14k with stamp
- Pendant Hamsa 1,0 cm
- Bracelet 20 cm
Made by Israeli designer.