Jewelry is inherently connected with superstition: the original purpose of all jewelry, after all, was to act as amulets, providing the wearer with some form of protection, or worn to attract good luck, wealth, love, or wishes.
Given jewelry’s superstitious roots, dating back thousands of years, it’s no surprise that many beliefs still adhere to wearing certain jewelry in specific circumstances. Below we look at some of the most well-known and least-known jewelry superstitions and how you can use them to attract good fortune!
Evil Eye Jewelry
Ancient civilizations wore evil eye jewelry as a talisman for protection. Many cultures today still believe that the evil eye can protect against harm, negativity, and evil spirits. An evil eye necklace, bracelet, or ring can be worn – or it can even be carried as a keychain; blue is the traditional color of evil eye jewelry – this symbolizes karmic protection, peace, and hope for a new perspective.
However, you can use different colors of evil eyes for different things; for example, red evil eyes promote courage and strength, while green evil eyes should be worn to attract happiness, success, and balance. Do you want to feel more connected to nature in your day-to-day life? Choose brown-colored evil eye jewelry to help with this.
The Travelers’ Stone
Moonstone has a long-standing reputation as an excellent crystal to carry with you if you’re traveling: it’s said to help keep travelers safe and bring joy and luck to their adventures. Plus, it has powerful soothing properties, so it can help both with motion sickness and ease homesickness.
Small pieces of tumbled moonstones can be bought cheaply – often for just a couple of dollars or less – and carried in a pocket, bag, or suitcase. Alternatively, a moonstone bracelet, anklet, or pendant necklace is a lovely way to wear this pretty, nurturing stone.
According to age-old superstition, pearls shouldn’t be worn by a bride on her wedding day: they are said to represent the future tears of the bride, therefore pointing to an unhappy marriage. Due to this, many brides-to-be refuse even to consider this accessory on their big day.
Tradition also states that if the soon-to-be-groom proposes with a pearl, karma can be rebalanced if his fiance gives him a dollar in return: meaning the pearl is no longer a gift.
In the interests of balance, it should be pointed out that an alternative superstition suggests that if a bride wears pearls on her wedding day, these pearls will replace future tears that would have been shed – meaning a very happy marriage is on the cards.
The wearing or carrying of charms is another superstition that goes back generations: charms are believed to attract luck and happiness to the bearer.
Charm bracelets are a beautiful way to personalize your jewelry and ask the universe for some good fortune and guidance. As well as choosing some charms that are relevant to you, why not opt for traditional luck-bringing charms, such as a four-leafed clover or a horseshoe? Make sure the horseshoe is worn the right way round: upside down; it’s said that the luck could spill out!
The Power of Jade
Jade jewelry has been prized in China for centuries: it is believed to bring prosperity and good fortune to the wearer. Abundance, tranquility, and healing are all associated with this semi-precious stone.
If you’re going through a tough time, choose lavender jade: this variety of the crystal is known as the ‘Stone of Angels’ and is sought after for its ability to help the bearer cope with emotional pain and ascend to their highest level of being. And if you need to focus on an upcoming exam or job interview? Opt for jewelry containing white jade, which will promote clarity and help you resist distractions.
Protective Properties of Silver
Many cultures throughout history have upheld silver as a metal with powerful protective capacities, wearing it as jewelry to ward off evil spirits and offer general assistance. What’s fascinating is that this belief has a scientific basis: silver has been proven to have antibacterial properties, which explains the healing attributes ascribed to this metal for generations.
Silver has never been out of fashion. However, superstitions floating around suggest wearing gold and silver together is bad luck. While combining precious metals in one look has gone in and out of fashion over the decades, it’s not clear from where this unlucky rumor originates. It could have come from the fact that silver is a reactive metal, so if worn next to gold over a long period, there’s a chance that the gold may become tarnished as a result.
So there you have it – some of the most popular, along with some more obscure, jewelry superstitions. Ultimately, it’s intent that counts. Putting on a special piece of jewelry, with a strong sense of why you’re wearing it and how it reflects you, your circumstances, and your goals, can make a profound difference. Create your own powerful superstitions, and be open to abundance and good fortune finding you.