Amulets and Symbols in Jewelry Design
Whether you call them amulets, charms, fetishes, or talismans, virtually every culture had them. I like to think of them as little works of art, but they are so much more than that. They were worn on the body to bring luck, heal, enhance fertility, protect against injury (during travel, hunting, or from bites and stings) or ward off evil, depending on the wearers beliefs and intentions. They came in many forms, made with different materials, and adorned with different symbols. The meaning and significance in the symbolism of a particular image changed from east to west, culture to culture, and even day to day. Even if you do not believe in their magical powers, it is fun to know the intention of the artists who created them, and the power felt by the person who wore them before you, as many of the pieces are antiques. Below is a list of amulets and symbols found in many of the pendants and beads in KatieO jewelry.
The rabbit is a symbol of fertility, affection, and cleverness. It was associated with the moon and spring and amulets in its image were worn to encourage pregnancy and help ease childbirth. In ancient Egypt the rabbit was assigned divine powers and were a symbol of alertness and intuitiveness. In China it represents yin, the female principle. In parts of Africa the rabbit symbolizes cunning and cleverness and has magical powers.
In Chinese Astrology people born in the year of the rabbit are considered to be attractive, compassionate, sensitive, and popular.
Top Left: Preening Rabbit, from the Totem Bracelet Collection
Bottom Right: Tibetan Chank Shell Pendant from the KatieO Collection
Preening Rabbit, from the Totem Bracelet Collection