Hamsa Design | The Symbolism behind the Hamsa

Amulet Hamsa KeyringHamsa is the number 5 in Arabic. It's a symbol known in the Middle East for many millenniums, and is widely used in jewelry and wall decor items as a means to endow good luck and protection. The fingers in a traditional Hamsa are joined together rather than spread apart. Sometimes a single eye is drawn in the ceter of the palm to ward off the Evil Eye (see also Evil Eye & Hamsa relationship).

Even though the Hamsa has different and contrasting names throughout the Middle East, from an artistic viewpoint, it is actually a symbol which demonstrates the reciprocity of cultural trends among the people of the Middle East.

Today the Hamsa design in used in numerous variations. One of these variations is the wall blessing. The wall blessing is a piece of ceramics or a silver plate that's hanging on the wall next to the front door of a private home or a business. The Hamsa's effect is encompassing the single house or the single shop, while people who step outside are left unprotected.

Hamsa Jewelry Anklet For this reason a second variation of Hamsa art has been emerging and growing much popularity lately. I am talking about the personal Hamsa Jewelry (Image: Hamsa Anklet) of course. By wearing a Hamsa necklace or a Hamsa bracelet, the wearer is protected and blessed regardless of his or her location.

Aside from their mystical qualities, a Hamsa hand is a very aestetic and eye-catching piece of jewelry. Believers and non-believers alike wear it across the world becuase they enjoy the thoughtful handmade designs that Hamsa jewelry usually exhibit.

From a psychological point of view, Hamsa has a much more humane form than a simple round pearl has, thereby signaling its wearer as a warmer person. As the old adage says, We are what we wear.

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