INDALO for PROSPERITY, wealth, success and luck

Indalo prosperity bracelets

Friends, loved-ones, relatives in debt? Short of money? Struggling financially? We have gifts that could perhaps help people cope with financial difficulties

See our Shop for Indalo Próspero jewellery online

Indalo necklace jewellery for prosperity
Jewellery for prosperity and success

It is always difficult when financial problems arise but, with one of our Indalo Próspero good luck gifts, you are able to pass on your wishes of prosperity, wealth and success in a kindly fashion to someone who is a bit short of money and/or struggling financially.

Indalo as a symbol of financial prosperity

For many years, people in southern Spain have worn Indalo jewellery (or attached the Indalo Man symbol to their house) to help protect them from adversity – whether it be from actual physical harm caused by an accident, earthquake, flood, etc, or through illness, injury or bad health . . but also to protect them against financial hardship and other difficulties or business woes.

How can the Indalo offer protection against financial hardship?

Around the world, the Indalo figure has existed in rudimentary form for many years although nowadays, it is more commonly associated with southern Spain (and in particular in Almería, Andalucía). Here, it is a renowned lucky charm symbol said to offer protection, good fortune . . and prosperity. In these parts, the Indalo symbol is considered very lucky and there is a belief that an Indalo charm can lead to a rise in wealth and even income for the owner.

Indalo Man as a protection talisman symbol

Everything stems from the protective nature of the Indalo – established over many years: Around 4,000 years ago, Neolithic man decorated the walls of a cave in southern Spain with drawings of goats, deer and birds, as well as basic sketches of men/women in various poses, alongside other shapes. Some of of these ‘shapes’ were in the form of the Indalo (a man with arms outstretched holding a rainbow).

Subsequently, over the years, this symbol was daubed on the walls of many properties in the Levante region as some sort of lucky symbol and indeed, as time passed, it was thought to have been instrumental in protecting the local population from various misfortunes that befell other nearby areas – such as harm from the succeeding floods and earthquakes. When the local populace looked at how they had fared against their neighbours, it appeared as if they were somehow “protected” by this symbol from the cave (‘cueva’ in Spanish).

The “Cueva de los Letreros” is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and the Indalo has become famous throughout the province of Almería (and beyond) where to this day, it is strongly believed that this “Indalo Man” can offer protection and bring good fortune wherever it is situated. Travelling around, you will see it everywhere. It is an integral part of the way of life of this region of Spain: Even today, in the small village pueblos that lie hidden behind the giant sierras that roll down to the Mediterranean Sea, the Indalo is known for its good luck properties and as a symbol of prosperity and good fortune.

Our Indalo Prospero jewellery, representing wealth, abundance and success, is a reflection of this belief and is intended to encourage people who would like to increase their good fortune.

As a gift, a piece of Indalo Próspero jewellery makes a present with real meaning to those suffering financial hardship or when times are hard. Consequently, you are able to wish someone prosperity, wealth and success by sending them a good luck gift based on the Indalo Próspero talisman.

But why not just gift someone money?

Should you give money as a gift? Should you pay off a debt of someone dear – a close friend, relative or loved-one?

If someone is going through a hard time financially, there is nothing wrong with sending them money to ease the financial burden. But, if you’ve ever wondered what gift to give someone who is struggling financially, that is NOT pecuniary, the Indalo Próspero could be ideal: Representing the promise of wealth and abundance to many people (particularly in southern Spain), it could make an ideal gift to someone who is hard up and needs a break . . someone in debt who needs money to get them out of their current financial difficulties.

Indalo Próspero wealth and abundance necklace
Indalo wealth and abundance necklace

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How WELLBEING JEWELLERY gifts improve MENTAL HEALTH

Wellbeing jewellery necklace Get Well gift

Is there such a thing as jewellery for wellbeing?

We think so and we stock wellbeing jewellery in our SHOP online. But is it really feasible that wellbeing jewellery can improve mental health?

Wellbeing jewellery can improve mental health

Some say that wellbeing is in short supply at the moment. So we have curated a range of jewellery specifically to encourage wellbeing – both as a gift and for personal use.

But what IS wellbeing? And what is jewellery for wellbeing? And can it really help us in our daily lives?

Good living conditions such as housing and employment are fundamental to wellbeing – as are good social relationships. But in general, wellbeing encompasses a multitude of factors such as good health and prosperity, mental and physical energy/fitness, happiness, contentment, hopefulness, confidence, good self-esteem, positiveness, creativity, having a sense of purpose – and feeling strong, comfortable and in control. It also involves an element of having luck and good fortune, as well as feeling safe, protected and sheltered – along with sufficient wealth. It is also important to be emotionally and socially competent, to be innovative and open to new ideas, and to have positive relationships.

Overall, having favourable wellbeing is when you feel good about yourself and your life and your achievements, and have a good overall welfare physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and intellectually. You are satisfied with life.

A lot of the jewellery in our SHOP is intended to help with this, and to encourage better wellbeing.

But how does this work?

First let’s look at the definition of wellbeing

Many people have attempted to define well-being but perhaps the most encompassing “definition” is found on the website whatworkswellbeing.org: Namely, in modern parlance, Wellbeing is: HOW WE ARE DOING . . as individuals, and, more expansively, as communities, and as a nation.

So, if we can find something that makes us feel better in ourselves, we will presumably have better wellbeing. Our wellbeing jewellery is designed for that purpose.

It is worth bearing in mind however that here are different types of wellbeing . . namely mental wellbeing, physical wellbeing, economic wellbeing and emotional wellbeing. But in reality, these different forms of wellbeing are all closely related; and one way of understanding this is to look at how people are able to flourish, i.e. whether they have positive emotions, can function well in society, can respond to challenges and can have meaning in their lives.

In Martin Seligman’s book, “What Is Well-Being?” he suggests that the principal factors are: Having positive emotions; being active when possible; having good relationships with other people; and finding meaning in one’s life with a sense of accomplishment in the pursuit of goals.

From a more physical point of view, we also have to consider income, employment status and health (especially feeling well physically).

Conversely, psychological constituents that restrict wellbeing encompass feelings of loneliness, as well as anxiety and the loss of a sense of purpose – all major elements in mental health. (Note: Mental health and personal wellbeing are closely related – but nonetheless distinct. But people with poor mental health are much more likely to have a lower level of wellbeing.)

Another important factor (especially from our point of view as a shop selling gifts and jewellery for wellbeing), is something that helps people connect with other people, and the society around them. So relationships, friends and family, and the people we encounter in our day-to-day lives (like neighbours, for example) are vital in this respect – and especially people we can rely on and trust.

Giving a gift (especially a gift with meaning for wellbeing) is a great way to connect

But just as an act of connection is key to wellbeing, so is the act of participation, taking part in society, being active, taking notice of our surroundings, self-educating . . and being involved in occasional acts of giving!

Wearing a piece of wellbeing jewellery personally can help us be more aware of the things that affect us on a day-to-day basis – or the things that help us participate in modern life: The jewellery can act as a constant reminder of our own goals and desires.

To feel well, we need a mixture of things that bring us pleasure and purpose. Feeling isolated and lonely can be very damaging to wellbeing. Whereas, for example, simple exercise, such as running can make people feel happy . . but not everyone. Wellbeing is indeed a personal thing . . but with inter-linking components.

In summary, we believe that if you want to help someone to improve their wellbeing (or your own), the following is advisable:

  • Desirable goals (to bring meaning or purpose to life through the pursuit of success or accomplishment)
  • Positive emotions
  • Engagement and involvement in activities (especially those taking place in the presence of other people)
  • Meaningful relationships

And, if you offer someone a gift that says Be Well, Take Care, Stay Safe, and so on, you can pass on your desire for their wellbeing and offer your support or affection to a special person in your life.

Wellbeing jewellery is for caring, sharing and inspiring . . making a gift that can be used to offer your encouragement, your appreciation – even your help; a gift that can pass on a general feel-good factor. What’s more, the gifting process itself is an act that can boost your own personal wellbeing.

A gift for wellbeing conveys your wishes of wellbeing and helps friends and loved-ones be more aware of the things that affect their wellness on a day-to-day basis (including friendships). It can act as a constant reminder of goals and desires (and a reminder of who gave it to them).

Larimar said to boost mood

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Have faith to live healthier, longer and better?

Christian shell symbol gives faith in health

30 gifts for people who want to live healthier – based on Christian beliefs for health protection and healing

Health protection gifts are big business at the moment because of the global health crisis. So, can good health be enhanced simply by having more faith in one’s beliefs? SEE our SHOP for Christian health gifts, Christian symbols for healing, and Christian symbols for health and wellbeing . . all based on various talismans and amulets for healing and protection . . as well as charms to wish good luck with respect to the role that luck might play in good health.

Have faith to live healthier and longer

Is good health just a matter of good health practices?

Or: Is good health a matter of faith too? And: What part does good fortune play in all of this?

In other words, is good health a matter of good health practices, AND faith, with a measure of good luck thrown in too?

Christian health gifts?

The power of the mind to influence the body is well-known and, in particular, many Christians believe that God can heal sick people through the power of the Holy Spirit: (This is also sometimes called supernatural healing, divine healing, or miracle healing, among other things.) But, in all cases, an element of Faith is involved.

Christian symbol for healing health and wellbeing

NCBI, the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (which advances health by providing access to medical information online), notes that: Faith healing is a method of treating illnesses through the exercise of faith rather than (or, in addition to) medical methods.

Strong scientific evidence suggests that individuals who regularly participate in spiritual worship (or related activities) and who feel strongly that spirituality (or the presence of a higher being such as God) are sources of strength and comfort are, in general, healthier people: They possess greater healing capabilities than those who don’t believe in such things. NCBI goes on to say that it is critical that physicians and health care providers listen to all aspects of their patients’ lives because it can affect the decision-making process.

Christian symbols for health?

Religious convictions may affect not only health care, but healthcare decision-making too, and NCBI concludes that spirituality may be important in patient health and coping. An example of this is prayer, which many believe can improve health outcomes. In fact, more than three quarters of Americans believe that prayer can help to heal people. In a survey, a similar number of doctors said that they too believed in miraculous healings.

Health protection with faith

Christian symbols for healing?

So, how exactly do we use this information to help achieve better health protection . . especially in this topsy-turvy world of the 21st Century with its global pandemics and the like? And what role does luck or mere chance play in health?

Some Christian symbols of protection

When someone becomes ill they start to look around for reasons as to why this misfortune has occurred. Some may feel that their Gods are against them; others may think that it is simply bad luck – and that fate has dealt them a bad blow.

Bad health is bad luck?

Has bad luck really played a part in their misfortune?

Christian symbols of protection?

Nobody knows for sure, but there are many who feel that a religious or lucky charm of some description could help them avoid the bad things in life . . whether that be in health matters, financial circumstances, their love life, success, or indeed in life in general, and many so-called lucky charms are based on symbols of protection (particularly those from Asia and the Far East), or on religious beliefs such as in the Christian faith.

If the truth be known, it is probably both faith AND luck that are relevant.

Guardian angel ceramic luck token
A Guardian Angel to watch over those who are dear to you, with the added benefit of passing on your good luck wishes

Jewellery with meaning:

We have curated a selection of gifts in our SHOP that might be suitable as a gift for health protection, particularly for people with spiritual beliefs (and especially those of the Christian faith) and some others from the point of view of Good Luck (since good luck can sometimes play a role in the sphere of health too:

Camino shell bead on cork
Camino de Santiago bracelet – scallop shell bead on cork

Gifts for health protection?

Angels are thought to be spiritual beings who interact with people on earth at God’s direction. The word “Angel” comes from the Greek ‘Angelos’ meaning “messenger.” They are said to watch over us and protect us from harm.

Guardian Angel charm necklace
Angel charm necklace – little guardian angel, with scallop shell
Guardian Angel spiritual necklace
Guardian Angel spiritual necklace ~ for protection and guidance

Do Christian beliefs bolster good health? Many believe just so

Saint Christopher bracelet
St Christopher bracelet
St James cross cufflinks to stay safe
St James cross cufflinks ~ Stay Safe and Healthy!
Cross of FAITH ring
Cross of Faith ring – gift for strength of purpose
sAfe Jewellery with Travellers Cross
Travellers Cross bracelet to keep someone safe

Christian symbols for health and wellbeing

Cross of St James necklace red
Cross of St James necklace in silver and red: A gift of faith to treasure for a lifetime, and encourage good health along life’s Camino
Christian Cross ring for faith and support
Christian Cross ring – gift for faith, encouragement and support
Protection shield cross for safekeeping
Protection shield and cross dog tag for safekeeping – a gift of faith to say “Stay Healthy”

Other Christian symbols for healing and health protection

Scallop shell jewellery is worn as a symbol of faith, and the use of the scallop shell as a means of protection (or as a protective charm) dates back to the Middle Ages: It is the traditional emblem of St. James (James the Greater (one of the Twelve Apostles) and the patron saint of Spain and Portugal). Symbolically, the scallop shell is believed to signify the rebirth of a person, their resurrection, and the overcoming of problems.

Camino scallop shell earrings to wish safekeeping
Scallop shell earrings – a gift for hope – for a woman, young lady or teenage girl
Scallop shell cross necklace to stay safe
Scallop shell and cross necklace – A unique piece of jewellery as a gift of faith
Camino jewellery safe travel bracelet
Do you want to encourage and support your friends or loved-ones as they walk life’s camino and face its challenges?
Camino shell ring with moonstone
A gift to wish someone well
Santiago scallop shell earrings for hope
Santiago scallop shell earrings ~ for hope
Camino de Santiago bracelet - leather
Elegant jewellery for life’s Camino

Other symbolic gifts to wish good health

The anchor is a Christian symbol for hope and steadfastness. The source for this symbol is said to be Hebrews 6:19: “Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.” Anchors are found in many inscriptions in the catacombs of Rome and they were also carved on old Christian gems.

Anchor earrings with butterfly
Anchor earrings with butterfly

And Butterflies? Because the butterfly metamorphoses from a lowly caterpillar to a chrysalis and finally into a beautiful butterfly, it has a strong resurrection significance – a sign of New Beginnings . . a New Start.

Pearl and butterfly necklace
A gift to celebrate a change in life, starting something new

Although it is widely believed that the meaning of clovers pre-dates Christianity – going back to a time when clovers were used as Celtic charms, the lucky clover has Christian significance too – especially in Ireland. The Celts once extended across Ireland and into much of Western Europe and the Celtic priests, the Druids, considered them a sign of good luck, allegedly protecting against evil spirits and warding off misfortune and ill-health. In Irish Christian tradition, the Shamrock (or 3-leaf clover) represents the Holy Trinity: One leaf for the Father, one for the Son and one for the Holy Spirit. When a Shamrock has a fourth leaf, it represents God’s Grace, and so encapsulates everything that a person could want.

Circle of light clover necklace
Clover necklace – An enchanted gift to wish someone good luck especially for “New Beginnings”
Clover earrings for protection and safekeeping
Lucky four leaf clover stud earrings ~ rose gold, for protection and safekeeping
Lucky horseshoe cufflinks for protection
St Dunstan is said to have thwarted the Devil with a Horseshoe making it the perfect gift to wish good luck and protection from harm
Indalo cufflinks for luck and protection
Indalo (Indal Eccius – messenger of God) – for luck and protection and to pass on wishes of safekeeping

But overall, few symbols exist that are as widely recognised or hold as much meaning as the Cross. It is used worldwide to symbolise Christianity – and Faith in positive outcomes.

Christian cross dog tag for safekeeping
Christian Cross dog tag for safekeeping and health
Saint James cross Camino earrings
Saint James cross Camino earrings – a unique gift to urge care and safety
Cross necklace to say Take Care - with love
Cross necklace to say Take Care – a gift of faith, sent with love
sAfe Jewellery Shield cufflinks
Safe jewellery – Shield cufflinks
Camino St James cross earrings
St James cross earrings – a unique gift to urge care and safety
Cross necklace gift of faith
. . a delightful gift of faith

And love? Possibly the greatest healer of all!

Angel wings heart necklace for protection
Send this Guardian Angel to watch over your friends and loved-ones – gifted with love
Gifts with meaning

Jewellery gifts with meaning . . that’ll be us!

GIFTS for people who MISS TRAVELLING or planning Camino trip

People miss travelling

Here are 15 gifts for people who hope to travel, especially someone planning a Camino trip or other journey they want to go on

Do you want to travel on a trip, adventure or holiday? Are you (or people you know) stuck at home and missing travelling?

See our SHOP for a selection of travel gifts to keep the dream alive and inspire someone’s next journey, or to find a gift for someone planning a Camino trip, or for people who miss travelling in general.

Bracelet gifts for people who love travel

Travelling has become difficult, if not impossible for many people. So we have selected some gifts for someone who wants to travel – but can’t. Because they are unable to take a trip, travel lovers might appreciate a small present to help ease their travel withdrawal symptoms and give them faith that their adventure or journey could still occur . . a small gift to help them achieve their travel goals. This could be spiritual or religious jewellery, for example, or simply a little present to express what you feel and to wish them safe travels in the future.

Travel gifts are particularly poignant at the moment – especially for people who yearn to do the Camino de Santiago in Spain but have been restrained by all the international lockdown restrictions that have made their dream journey fade away.

Without doubt, traveling will be a bit different (or non-existent) for the foreseeable future because of the pandemic but that doesn’t mean that you or your friends / loved-ones should lose sight of dreams and the travel wanderlust.

Gifts for travelers stuck at home: Wish them luck!

We have selected 15 of the best gifts for people who miss travelling and yet still hope to travel in the future (soon!) even though they are unable to travel at the moment. Wish them luck! so they can maintain their hopes of travelling – along with a little travel memento to help ease their travel withdrawal symptoms:

If you haven’t travelled anywhere at all this year, you will obviously be missing the joy and adventure of travel. But it seems that all we can do is reminisce about memorable trips of the past and continue to make plans for future travel if (and when) we are allowed 😉

Camino inspired gifts for fans of Camino

A little travel gift, if carefully chosen, can pass on your message of condolences for lack of travel – as well as hope to a friend or loved-one for future journeys and adventures. Here are a few Camino gifts for fans of El Camino . . The Way of Saint James:

Gifts for people who miss travelling

Whilst gifting someone something that they can use on their next getaway might be a bit brash at the moment, we recommend sending them something that reminds them of a trip from the past, and which will give them the confidence to believe it will happen again. For example:

Vaccinations / certificates / passports

So you can see that, for a friend or family member who is missing their travel injection to cure their travel bug, we have assembled a range of gifts that are aimed at perpetuating the travel dream for those people who miss travelling:

Finally however, it should be noted that in present times, a Vaccine Certificate might be the best gift of all – but sadly, we don’t sell those 😉

VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT ideas for CHRISTIANS

Valentines Day gift for a Christian

Is it possible to have Christian Valentine’s Gifts, that is, Valentines Day gifts – for a Christian?

We think so, and in our SHOP we have a few VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS of jewellery combining themes of both Love and Christianity – in particular, Crosses with Hearts, but also Love-Lock-Key jewellery, Friendship jewellery, etc. as well as the ‘Love’ or ‘Romance’ gemstones of Garnet, Rose Quartz, Jade and Moonstone combined with a Christian symbol. Any of these can given as a Valentine’s present that has Christian overtones or significance.

Christain Valentines gift

But don’t some Christians believe that Valentines Day is a ‘pagan’ festival?

It is true that, whilst the origin of Valentine’s Day has ‘connections’ to Christianity, there are those that say that it actually originated in the Roman festival of Lupercalia. This was a fertility festival around February that honoured the Roman gods of Juno (goddess of marriage and women), Pan (god of nature), as well as Faunus, Romulus, and Remus. Others say that Valentine was a holy priest in Rome in the days of Emperor Claudius II, who was executed for preaching the love of God.

But the essence of Christianity is said to be Love and the doctrine of Saint Valentine was to embrace love, to show love and to preach love. Hatred was to be discouraged. And for this reason alone (if any reason is actually needed), St Valentine’s Day can be celebrated as a time to show our love (usually for someone in a romantic way) or even rekindle it.

So, despite the fact that a few Christians think that Saint Valentine is to be shunned, many, many more think that the expression of love is more important and, by combining love and Christian symbols in our jewellery, we are able to offer Valentine’s Day Gifts for Christians.

See some Christian VALENTINES DAY GIFT IDEAS in our SHOP

If you really appreciate someone who happens to be of the Christian faith, why not let them know – with one of our inspirational gifts for Valentine’s Day

Around this time of year we see that “love is in the air”, hearts are everywhere (mostly red – although heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are very popular), and flowers are ordered for those with more romantic Valentine’s Day gift ideas. People also have a bit of fun with their Valentines Day presents.

But many of these things, particularly flowers and chocolates, don’t last that long. So why not consider something a bit more persistent, enduring and lasting . . like Valentine Jewellery – meaningful jewellery for girlfriends, boyfriends, sweethearts, husbands, wives . . and friends.

But kind words are important too, and so we have made it possible for customers to add a personal message to each of our gifts, which we then print on one of our gift cards.

Gem Stones for luck in love?

Something else that might be of interest: We are the Good Luck Gift shop – so why not take a look in our store for a gift that might actually help you get lucky in love yourself! For example, some gemstones are said to actually attract love! In particular, Garnet, Rose Quartz and Jade are very popular. And it is also said that if you place a Moonstone under your pillow at night, you will dream of your loved-one!

A Christian prayer for Saint Valentine’s Day goes something like this:

“God bless you on this special day, God keep you in His care, and may His blessing and His love go with you everywhere”

And in the Bible (Corinthians), it mentions Faith, Hope and Love – saying that the greatest of these is Love. So let’s commemorate love on Saint Valentine Day and remember that, as the saying goes: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

In popular culture, the heart signifies love: And we have quite a lot of HEART JEWELLERY in our Store

The heart is symbolic of our spiritual and emotional core because the heart is thought to be the seat of the human soul: A piece of heart jewellery depicts love, as well as commitment, passion and longing.

Another example of Saint Valentine’s jewellery isthe so-called lock and key jewellery, or the love lock necklace – whereby a lock and key is combined into a charm and used to signify a secured (and sometimes, secret) love connection: One half of the lock-and-key set is kept by each partner to maintain a feeling of connection – even when both partners are (or have to be) physically apart. Heart, lock and key jewellery is very powerful symbolically: Give a friend or loved-one a piece of lock and key jewellery, and it means you are gifting them a piece of your fidelity. In this way, you wish (and hopefully, will get) the key to their heart in return. Indeed, a key gifted to a loved-one is said to signify that you are actually holding the key to their heart.

And what about love jewellery in general? Do love charms actually work?

Love charms can be traced back to the ancient world of Egypt, Greece and Rome. Common Anglo Saxon love charms included rings, flowers (such as red roses, and lilies), a lock of hair – especially when braided into a circle and kept in locket; dove feathers . . and love jewellery.

Wearing a piece of love jewellery is said to make someone feel more desirable – at least in their own mind. Many women in Ancient Greece used love jewellery as well as spells as a form of therapy. Regardless of whether the spells actually worked, it made them feel more comfortable and it made them feel as if they had some control over their lives.

We hope that our Love Jewellery works in the same way, not only as the ideal gift, but also as something for yourself . . to perhaps help you to find true love with the special person or friend in your life. Our pieces of love jewellery worn in a noticeable manner, may well work in this respect. They are objects that represent a desired change or outcome, and the charm focuses the mind to help you get what you want.

We stock a great deal of Concha Shell jewellery too: The concha shell has a long association with love.

Indeed, the principal symbol of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, is the shell. Over thousands of years, gods and goddesses from different cultures have displayed concha shells as symbols of romance and love.

But whatever your beliefs, Saint Valentine is still the the patron saint of love and, every year on 14th February, people celebrate this day by sending gifts of love and affection to partners and friends.