Can feelings of security be augmented by wearing so-called Jewellery for Safety?
Strangely, it appears so yes, and Security Jewellery really can help people feel a bit safer within themselves as they go about their daily lives. How can this be?
In our SHOP we stock a range of jewellery that could be classified as Jewellery for Protection because most of it features spiritual or religious symbols of faith. And it is this faith that imparts a feeling of protection and safekeeping to the wearer who believes in it, creating a whole class of what we call Jewellery for Safety or Jewellery for Security.
Jewellery for safety
After food and shelter, humans crave safety above anything else. These three things are essential for us to function properly as human beings in society whether at work, at home, or in life in general. It has been shown that, the more we have of these three things, the greater our success as an individual person, in our relationships, and in life.
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Safety means we can take risks physically, emotionally, and intellectually to develop and grow, without fear. And that is where Jewellery for Safety comes in: It is a means of helping us to live life to the full.
Jewellery for Security: What is a security necklace? What is a security bracelet?
Often based on faith and belief in the form of religion or religious symbols and spirituality, security jewellery such as a security necklace or bracelet is said to offer a form of protection against harm and misfortune.
Protection and wellbeing jewellery can help us be more aware of the things that affect us on a day-to-day basis – or things that make us feel uneasy or drained by modern life: It can act as a constant reminder of goals and desires in this respect.
Jewellery with symbols of luck and protection makes for a magical and powerful safety bracelet or necklace – sometimes given to friends and loved-ones to help them feel safe if they are about to embark on a dangerous or risky venture.
Our security necklaces, bracelets and earrings are based on faiths, beliefs and religious symbols from around the world but particularly on the Christian faith, and much of the jewellery for safety in our SHOP has a Christian symbol or theme: This includes St James cross pendants, necklaces, cufflinks and earrings, as well as Saint Christopher and St Michael jewellery. We also stock Keep Safe jewellery featuring the Travellers Cross symbol from the Camino de Santiago (Way of St James) as well as simple Latin or Christian Crosses on various items of jewellery.
Jewellery for Protection: What is protection jewellery? What is a protection pendant? What is a protective charm, amulet or talisman?
Since ancient times, jewellery has been worn to ward off evil spirits and offer feelings of protection. But the term “evil spirits” encompasses many things to many people, and a charm for “protection” could be said to shield you from ill health, for example, or simply protect you against bouts of bad luck. Others think that protection jewellery is intended to combat negative energy or bad vibes. Travellers in particular are prone to hoping for “good luck” when travelling and it is the hope of protection against misfortune, and things going wrong in general when going on a journey, that prompt people to wear jewellery for protection.
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What are pieces of jewellery to provide this magical protection?
Strictly speaking, a talisman is said to bring good fortune, whereas an amulet is intended to protect against BAD fortune including evil, illness and mischief in general (including witchcraft which is still prevalent in several parts of the world). Either way, if “magical” protection really exists, the result for those who believed in it would be a life filled with better fortune and “good luck” than would otherwise be the case, when wearing pieces of jewellery for protection.
Talismans and amulets have existed for centuries: The most popular Western talisman for travel is probably the symbol of St Christopher, often depicted on safe travel necklaces and bracelets. But other talismans for safe travel feature runes, lucky gemstones and charms, and other jewellery pieces with real meaning that feature or depict something with provenance that people have put their faith in for centuries: For example, simple Latin crosses; Christian Saints like St Michael, St Benedict or indeed, the Camino cross of Saint James (or its associated Scallop Shell), and the Way-marker symbol often seen along the Camino de Santiago (Way of St James)). And we mustn’t forget the children’s favourite, the ever-present Guardian Angel and/or Guardian Angel jewellery (necklace, bracelet, earrings, etc.)
What is a guardian necklace?
Even in these modern times, people still look for something that offers a form of protection – whether they have a particular faith or religion, or not. And many still believe in some sort of divine spirit or Guardian Angel watching over them, acting as a guide, a guardian or protector: It could be a God, a Saint, a Guardian Angel figure, or a simple religious symbol of faith. In the Christian or Catholic world, the St Christopher talisman is a good example of this – and St Christopher bracelets, necklaces and other jewellery are common gifts indeed as Guardians for travellers.
But there are other examples of security jewellery and jewellery for safety: For example, the cross of St James (Saint James is the patron Saint of pilgrims); the Tau Cross; the lucky Horseshoe; Spain’s Indalo Man; the Hamsa (Hand of Fatima); Cruz de Caravaca; and so on.
The concept of symbols on talismans and amulets touches on spirituality and can be seen in many representations of protection and healing around the world. Symbols of Saints, angels and the cross are relied upon for salvation from illness and poor health on a daily basis: Countless people put their trust in a symbol of faith at times of crisis to help give themselves a feeling of well being.
What other pieces of jewellery are said to provide protection?
Even for agnostics who maybe prefer some other form of lucky symbol to accompany them, protect them and keep them safe, a piece of jewellery for safety and security can be important. Here are a few more:
Indalo Man (Rainbow Warrior)
The Indalo is famous in southern Spain as a symbol of protection and good fortune. Even today, in the small village pueblos that lie hidden behind the giant sierras that roll down to the Mediterranean shores, the Indalo is known for its good luck and protection qualities. It can be seen daubed on houses and business, and worn on multiple items of jewellery.
The Tau Cross cross is symbolic of the Franciscan Order and of St Francis of Assisi, and also a symbol of life and reincarnation, as well as pilgrimage. It is often thought of as meaning contemplation, acceptance, patience and waiting, as someone moves on in their life or goes on a journey.
In some Christian societies, especially in Europe, the ladybird has spiritual meaning because it is linked with the Virgin Mary and is said to be symbolic of Her presence in nature as a sort of guardian. According to legend, the spots on a ladybug’s back symbolise the Seven Sorrows of Mary.
Shells (especially La Vieira Concha Scallop Shell)
Shells are a symbol of birth, good fortune, resurrection . . and protection. In addition, in Christianity, the scallop shell is also the symbol of salvation (as witnessed by its ceremonial use in baptism) and, of course, is also worn by people on the journey of El Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain.
Some cultures view the owl as a protector – against harm, and ill-fortune, and owl feathers used to be worn to ward off evil spirits (even at a time of death, when the owl also featured). In Greek legend , the owl was the symbol of the Goddess Athena and was believed to accompany armies to war and show them the way to victory. Similarly, in Hawaiian mythology, owls are thought to lead people to safety, away from imminent danger. Native Indians on the plains of America wore owl feathers to protect them from the evil spirit.
Most people consider that four-leafed clovers are a symbol of good luck, said to protect against evil spirits and ward off misfortune and ill fate. According to legend, the four leaves represent hope, faith, love, and . . luck. It is widely believed that the clover symbol pre-dates Christianity, going back to a time when clovers were used as Celtic charms – allegedly protecting against evil spirits and warding off ill fate. This belief was carried forward into the Christian faith, particularly in Ireland, with the four leaves symbolising hope, faith, love, and luck. This is because the Shamrock (or 3-leaf clover) represented 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.
Hamsa (Hand of Fatima)
The Hamsa is a palm-shaped amulet used in many societies said to offer protection against the evil eye and help strengthen the vulnerable. It represents blessings, power and strength and is therefore a popular protection charm in many religions – including Christian (where it is called the Hand of Mary)
And finally (although this list is by no means exhaustive) . .
What is the symbol for luck and protection most common in the West?
Horseshoe: St Dunstan and the Horseshoe legend:
Dunstan was born in Baltonsborough, Somerset. He was the son of Heorstan, a nobleman of Wessex and brother to the bishop of Wells and Winchester. So right from an early age, he was indoctrinated into a religious life and was said to be a very pious child. In his early years, while he was living at nearby Glastonbury, Dunstan worked as a silversmith and in the scriptorium. It is thought that he was the artist who drew the well-known image of Christ with a small kneeling monk beside him, now housed at Glastonbury. Some say that this early life so closely associated with the Church attracted the Devil to visit him in the first instance. And, by all accounts, it was not the only such visitation to Dunstan by the Devil.
Dunstan rose to great prominence in English religious and monastic life becoming Abbot of Glastonbury Abbey, Bishop of Worcester, Bishop of London, and eventually Archbishop of Canterbury – the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. His life’s work restored monastic life in England and reformed the English Church. There are reports of a vision of angels when visiting the shrines of St Augustine and St Ethelbert, and he worked to improve the spiritual and temporal well-being of local people, building and restoring churches, establishing schools, and generally promoting peace whilst enforcing respect for purity. It is no wonder he was made a Saint.
Whist doing some work as a blacksmith, Dunstan is said to have nailed a horseshoe to a horse. But, the horse was actually the Devil in disguise and it caused the Devil great pain. Dunstan was said to have agreed to remove the shoe and release the Devil only after he promised never to enter a house (like his) which was displaying a horseshoe. And so, the symbol of protection arose.
The combination of luck, protection, religion, and even magic are all captured by the horseshoe symbol and many people believe it will bring them good luck in their lives and to any special event or occasion – and ward off evil and misfortune or bad luck.
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