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Key charms, made to resemble the key to the entrance of a home have also been worn as a symbol of home ownership. These charms, with a blue ribbon attached, are often given to new brides as part of the saying: "something old, something new, something borrowed; something blue".
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Feng Shui practitioners believe that there are two main energy forces; the Chi or supernatural force, and the Sha or natural forces, and that these forces constantly oppose each other with both good and bad energy forces. Due to these forces, the natural balance of both light and air circulation are important in the practice of Feng Shui.
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The Gordian Knot, on of the world's most ancient and fascinating puzzles, is attributed to the great Macedonian king and warrior, Alexander the Great. Legend has it that in a province of ancient Greece, Phrygians, an ancient oracle foretold that a simple farmer would become it's king. A peasant named Gordian fulfilled the prophecy by appearing with an oxcart which was tied next to the palace by an intricate woven knot, referred to as the Gordian Knot.
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The modern peace symbol, depicted as a circle with a triangle and straight line, was originated in the late 1950's during nuclear disarmament demonstrations in Great Britain and other countries. The symbol is supposed to contain the letters N and D, which stand for Nuclear Disarmament. The symbol also became prominent during anti-war demonstrations in the USA during the unpopular Viet Nam War. It also became a popular symbol for the new counter-cultural movement that began in the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco and resulted in what became known as the "flower child" or "Hippie" generation.
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Horus was an ancient Egyptian god whose head, in the shape of a falcon is often found in hieroglyphic inscriptions in tombs and ruins of ancient Egyptian buildings. Horus as worshiped as a sky god, and his eye, called wadjat in Egyptian, became to be regarded as a symbol of protection and as a sun deity. Egyptians also regarded the "eye of Horus" to watch over them in the Afterlife and these charms were found together with mummies in ancient tombs.
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Fashion jewelry first appeared in the 1930s as a less expensive, disposable accessory meant to be worn with a certain outfit. Also known as "costume jewelry" Fashion Jewelry is made of less valuable materials including base metals, glass, synthetic stones and plastic.
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Fish symbols have been popular as charms for centuries. As fish have been an important food source for mankind, charms and amulets depicting fish have been worn to assure that the wearer will never be hungry. Fish charms of various types have been found in archeological excavations going back thousands of years. The symbols are made of various materials, from precious metals to wood and other simple material.
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The heart is found in human symbolism all the back to the ancient Egyptians and perhaps even further. Used often in ancient ritual and mythology, the heart was often referred to as the center of human thinking and emotions, and was therefore an important symbol for heart necklaces and talismans which has carried down to this day. In medical terminology, ancient physicians considered the heart to be the center of human emotions, which made its symbol a natural representation for emotions such as love and passion.
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Horseshoes are more than those curved iron things nailed to the hoofs of a horse, or pitched at a post outside. Miniature horseshoes made of gold, silver and other materials have been used as good luck charms for centuries. Horseshoe talismans have been worn ever since horses, and horse racing has been in existence.
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King Solomon was said to be Israel's greatest and wisest king. His wisdom was so great that many legends have resulted from his long reign as king of a united Israel. Solomon's popularity became so well known that a number of items dealing with his wisdom were made into charms and amulets which are still worn to this day.
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"Ladybird, ladybird, fly away home. Your house is on fire and your children are alone". The old folk saying has been in existence in England for several centuries and is associated with a colorful small beetle called a ladybug in some places and ladybird in others. The old folk legend says that if you capture one of these insects and make a wish, it will come true when the ladybug flies away.
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The lotus flower has been a symbol of purity and wisdom in the Far East for centuries. The Chinese call it Lin Hua refer to the lotus as "the spiritual flower that retains its beauty despite the murky waters in which is grows". The lotus flower is said to possess the four virtues of scent, purity, softness, and loveliness. And those who have these flowers growing in pools in their yards or by wearing charms made to resemble the lotus's beautiful bloom will receive its special attributes and thus be able to rise above the "murkiness" of life's problems and difficulties.
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Om Charms are derived from the Yoga word Om, which is an ancient Sanskrit term made up of three letters: aa, au, and ma. Om is actually a musical chant that is said over and over repeatedly during Yoga or transcendental meditation. The Om term is a very important symbol in Hinduism and refers to the omnipotent and omnipresent power source of all existence. The Om symbol is also sacred in the Jain, Sikh and Buddhist religions.
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In the Kabbalah, is noted that the 72 Names of God were originated by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yokhai in the book known as the Zohar or Book of Splendor. In the Zohar, Rabbi Bar Yokhai writes that it was not God who parted the Red Sea, but Moses himself, by using a special written formula made up of code letters that are said to refer to a series of coded sequences that enabled Moses to call upon forces of the what is known as The Light and combine it with the Law of Nature to defy the normal physical world.
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The hamsa or five fingered hand symbol has been an important talisman and protective symbol in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries for more than three thousand years. The word Hamsa means the number 5 in Arabic and is designated to mean the outstretched palm of the hand to ward off or deflect evil. Hamsa hand symbols are common in amulets and jewelry and usually include a centered eye which represents the "all seeing eye of God" to watch out for and deflect evil forces.
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Belief in the evil eye is virtually as old as spoken and written languages themselves. The classic belief is that a person's luck and fortune can be turned from good to quite the opposite by the gaze or 'evil eye' of a person said to possess it's powers. This belief has been depicted in writings and drawings of ancient peoples, including the Egyptians, Babylonians, Indians and Chinese, as well as native peoples living in the Western Hemisphere. Those believing in the power of the evil eye believe that its stare cannot only causes misfortune, but also illness and death. For this reason, babies and young children, as well as young women about to married are considered prime candidates for being inflicted with the "curse of the evil eye".
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The cloverleaf (not the one found at highway interchanges) has been regarded as a symbol of luck for centuries. The origins of cloverleaves being used as charms for good luck is said to go back to the time of St. Patrick of Ireland who regarded the three leaf cloverleaf, also called a shamrock, as a symbol of the Holy Trinity. Since that time, the cloverleaf has been considered as a national Irish symbol since the 17th Century, and is a common vesture on annual St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
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Have you ever fought with a brother or sister over who would "break the wishbone" first? Actually, this old folk custom is still very much alive today, and is said to date back several centuries. In Old England, is was a custom to save the breast or "wishbone" of a holiday fowl such as a chicken or goose, and to dry it until it became hard and brittle. Then, two children would get to pull at opposite ends of the bone while making a wish. The one whose piece came out the largest was supposed to have his or her wish come true – hence the name "wishbone".
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"It is a Tree of Life for those who hold fast to it. For its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths lead to peace." - From the Torah, Judaism's most sacred writings.
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The twelve symbols of the Zodiac, as we known them today, have their origins from the times of the ancient Greeks. The word Zodiac is derived from the Greek Zodiakos Kyklos, or "circle of animals" and represents the twelve heavenly positions of the constellations during the astronomical year. The ancient Greeks, as well as other peoples believed that these constellations had great influence on peoples' lives, and those born during various months of the year under which a particular constellation was represented, would be influenced by it.
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The Merkabah, or chariot in Hebrew, is a four sided geometrical design that is said to have originated in the Bible as the Heavenly Chariot that was sent from Heaven to take away the Hebrew prophet Elijah in a "chariot of fire". The Merkabah is also mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel; and the Prophet's graphic description of it a having "four Cherubim, each with four faces, that lifted up the Son of Man into the heavens". The significance of this Heavenly Chariot is still important today as some theologians say that it was the personal vehicle of God and its significance is mentioned in mystical texts, including the Kabbalah.
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Amethysts are purple to violet colored minerals of the quartz family. Like other quartz stones, the amethyst has a Mohs hardness scale category of 7, and can be cut and polished into stones for jewelry. This beautiful mineral is commonly made into a variety of jewelry items, especially rings and broaches.
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Carnelian is a reddish-orange stone that is a bit softer than most Quartz varieties (between 6 and 7 on Mohs hardness scale) and is often cut into figurines and broaches. Carnelian is a form of another stone known a red chalcedony and has often been referred as "stone of nobility" as signet rings and noble coats of arms were often carved on this very workable stone.
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Citrine gemstones come from the quartz family and are also known as gold or Spanish Topaz. Like all members of the quartz family, citrines have hardness of 7 on Moh's scale of mineral hardness, one category less than the Beryl group which composes precious gemstones such as Aquamarine, Emerald and Ruby.
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Guardian angels are said to be angles or spirits that are sent by God to watch over and protect a particular person. Although angels are specifically mentioned in biblical texts, sometimes as "strangers" (as in the Book of Genesis, when such beings were guests in the camp of Abraham), guardian angels are more specifically noted as being sent to protect a particular person from harm.
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Opals are lovely gemstones that have been treasured by people for thousands of years. Although it is often classified as a semiprecious stone, some fine qualities of opals -- known as precious opals -- can sell for as much as $1,000 per carat. Opals are considered to possess healing powers and also considered by many as giving people who wear it additional sexual powers. It is also known as The Stone of Hope and as "the stone of the gods".
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Rose quartz is a very lovely member of the quartz mineral family. It is often found in rock and mineral shops in its natural, crystal form, and has a long history of being made into a variety of jewelry items. It is often cut into animal and fish figurines, and one version with a "cat's eye" is very much prized in fine jewelry.
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Although most people are familiar with what are known as Tarot Cards, few may realize that for hundreds of years, these colorful cards with illustrations of either people or objects were actually playing cards. Originally called Tarocchi or Tarok, they were designed for playing games like Terrochi and French Tarot.
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The blue/green turquoise stone has had a special spiritual symbolism since the mineral was first used by humans as a gemstone of beauty as well as to bring good luck. Known use of the turquoise stone goes back to the ancient Egyptians and beyond, and it has also been a favorite in Native American cultures in the Western Hemisphere, including the Mayan, Incan, and Aztec civilizations.
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You've probably seen them everywhere but never stopped to think about their origin. Israeli jewelry and Judaica gifts are making waves the world over. More people are purchasing these unique gifts and jewelry pieces for their loved ones and for their own use. Many people are asking why Judaica gifts are so popular today.
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