When it comes to religious gifts, jewellery
that has a religious significance is like icing on the cake. It not only serves as a glittering, eye catching accessory, but also has the added function of an outward symbol of the wearer's religious beliefs. That is why jewellery should be near the top when you are contemplating giving someone a gift with religious significance.
Jewellery that has religious symbolism can act as an ever present reminder to its wearer that they should continue to adhere to their chosen faith. It keeps their faith at the front of mind when faced with any decision that would need them to reference their faith for guidance. It is a visible confirmation of one's respect and love for their religious beliefs.
For those that would want to share their beliefs, then catchy religious bracelets
and jewellery can be that first step to starting up a conversation with different people about the wearer's religious beliefs. For certain persons, religious jewellery can be a powerful way of getting strength emotionally almost like a good luck charm. In that sense, it is meant to help ward off bad luck and evil spirits. A good example of such significance is religious jewellery passed down over generations in certain families.
The use of jewellery as a religious gift is a practice that has been around for millennia. In fact, the earliest use of jewellery was primarily religious. Ancient Egyptians would wear jewellery for religious purposes.
The well preserved remains of the Pharaohs were extensively decorated with multiple forms of precious jewellery symbolising their role as an Egyptian god. Examples of such symbols from ancient Egypt include the Eye of Horus which is thought to provide eternal life. For good fortune, the symbol used on jewellery was that of a scarab beetle.
In Christendom, many of the symbols used today borrow either from Jewish tradition or from the times of St. Constantine who successfully Christianized the Roman Empire. Some of the popular designs used are crucifix pendants on necklaces, earrings
with crosses, designs that feature the Virgin Mary, bracelets with fish or doves, and the Star of David.
Another emerging form of religious jewellery is New Age Jewellery. New Age jewellery contains or is based on zodiacs, numerology and horoscope symbolism. Other forms of jewellery with New Age symbolism include power beads and mystic bracelets.
Across different religions, certain forms of jewellery such as gold, ivory and silver, are considered to possess divine power. Others are worn to mark the different stages in a person's life such as naming of newborns and of course, marriage.
Prices for religious jewellery vary widely from relatively cheap to very expensive depending on what the bracelet or other form of jewellery is made from. The use of diamonds or gold can make the pieces very expensive. The good thing about religious jewellery is that they are not only necessarily found in religious stores. There are plenty of places online you can get good quality religious jewellery that meets your need.
Danielle Hamilton is a keen writer on all things fashion and has a huge collection of charm bracelets
that she loves collecting charms