The Hamsa symbol can be found everywhere today: Above the entrance door to homes, on key chains, on greeting cards, and of course, on silver and gold jewelry, including jewelry items for both men and women.
For those interested in learning more, the following is a brief introduction to the origin of the Hamsa symbol:
The Hamsa is an ancient symbol used in most religions which has no direct connection to either Islam or Judaism. The Hamsa originates from Tanit, the moon goddess of Carthage, who is also known by many other names throughout the Middle East, including Ashtoret, Ishtar, and others.
The original symbol presented here is very different from the now-familiar shape, and has been changed by turning the hand downwards, and reducing the number of fingers to three.
As the monotheistic religions rose to prominence, the influence of Ishtar / Tanit lessened, although when the religion of Islam needed a female hero, the Hamsa returned as "the hand of Fatima", and was used, as before, to ward off the evil eye, in other words, bad luck and unfortunate events. Fatima was the wife of the caliph Ali. According to legend, Ali grievously upset his wife when he brought home a new wife (polygamy is permitted in Islam), and Fatima burnt herself while cooking. The eye was added later, as a symbol of Fatima's tear when she prevented the consummation of marriage between Ali and his new wife on their wedding night. Today, the Hamsa is also used to represent the five pillars of Islam: Faith, prayer, charity, fasting and pilgrimage.
In Judaism, the Hamsa represents the fig leaf used by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden to protect their modesty, and is sometimes also used to symbolize the five books of the Holy Bible. Some even go as far as to declare the Hamsa as representing the strong arm of the One God.
Today, the Hamsa is generally used as a universal symbol of good luck and protection. It is a central component of homes designed in the oriental fashion, and features prominently in many items of jewelry, including earrings, pendants and rings. We at Belletto Jewelry have taken the Hamsa as it is: A symbol unifying nations and religions, and have placed it alongside the Star of David, thereby affording the Hamsa a new and prominent position in the world of international jewelry design. Alongside our various designs featuring the eye motif, scriptures and engravings of various kinds, we at Belletto Jewelry have also designed a brilliant, colorful collection featuring the marvelous opal stone.
Connect with millennia of history and the sophistication of fashion by treating yourself to a set of Hamsa jewelry.