Pendants and hand-shaped pendants. Why you wear jewelry with a hand shape and what the symbol means ♦︎
In jewelery often uses the shape of the hand: it is considered a lucky amulet. But if you’ve wondered what the hand symbol means, read the explanation. The history of the hand has many centuries behind.
Different names. The hand, which is usually used in jewelery as a pendant or pendant, was born in the Middle East. It is called Alo’s hand by Muslims, or by the name of Hamsa or Khamsa (a word that in Arabic means “five” and refers to Islamic religion). But the amulet is also regarded as a charm for other religions. For Orthodox Christians it is Miriam’s hand. Also for Jews is the Hand of Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron. Number five also applies to them: hamesh, in Hebrew, and represents the five books of the Torah. For others, this is the Hand of Fatima, a legendary woman, a symbol of freedom for Muslims: she had prefers cut her hand to be released. In general, according to tradition, the name was linked to a series of religious interpretations. Over time, it has become a symbol that brings good luck when worn.
The hand today. The hand used in jewelery is generally considered an amulet unconnected with beliefs or religious beliefs. Sometimes the hand symbol is also used to indicate the spaces used by women.
Shape. The five fingers of the right hand are symmetrical, sometimes with two inches. Often the palm is dense with arabesque or written. Sometimes an eye is also drawn: even in this case it is a tradition. Somebody call this as eye of Allah, while in the Anglo-Saxon countries it is known as a bad eye, an evil eye casting out the ill fortune. For all, however, it has the same function: keep the troubles away. Cosimo Muzzano