Ancient Mysteries Charm Bracelet- om, hamsa, tree of life, cross, ankh
This sterling silver charm bracelet features silver plated pewter om (aum), Celtic cross, tree of life, hamsa hand, magic genie lamp, ancient labyrinth, and Egyptian ankh charms - representing the truths and mysteries of ancient and modern religions.
The charms are made in the USA from lead-safe pewter and are plated with fine silver. They range from 1/2" to 3/4" tall.
The bracelet is sterling silver, has a sterling silver lobster clasp.
**Handmade in Oregon, USA**
**Ships Free in USA**
The bracelet shown in the picture is a women's M, 7.5" long. You can link the clasp through any link in the chain. I will make your bracelet to your desired length- just let me know during checkout by selecting the length you want from the pull down menu. A size chart is included below for your reference.
The best way to get the size you need is to measure your wrist with a string and then measure the string with a ruler. Add 1/2" (12mm) to 1" (25mm) for ease so you can clasp it easily.
SIZE CHART (rough guideline - you can also tell me a specific length in inches or cm).
S Child's: 6" (15.24 cm)
Lg Child's/XS Women's: 6.5" (16.5 cm)
S Women's: 7" (17.8 cm)
M Women's/Men's Small: 7.5" (19 cm)
Lg Women's/ Men's Medium: 8" (20.3 cm)
XL Women's/Men's L: 8.5" (21.6 cm)
UPGRADES -n- ADD-ONS
You can add Swarovski crystals to this bracelet to give it a little sparkle and color. To do so, purchase the "Swarovski crystal upgrade" package in my Upgrades section of my shop. I have practically every color under the sun! You can search for the words "add swarovski crystal drop" in the search bar at the top right hand side of my shop, or copy and paste this link below:
You can upgrade this chain to a more heavy duty sterling silver chain -- see the chain upgrade in the upgrades section of my shop.
I have a large selection of charms, so if you want to switch one out send me a note and we'll talk about options.
Here are a few facts about the charms (thanks Wikipedia!):
Aum (also Om) is a mystical or sacred syllable in the Indian religions, i.e. Hinduism/San?tana Dharma, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. It is placed at the beginning of most Hindu texts as a sacred incantation to be intoned at the beginning and end of a reading of the Vedas or prior to any prayer or mantra. The syllable is taken to consist of three phonemes, a, u and m, variously symbolizing the three stages of life (birth, life and death ). In Hinduism, the syllable aum is first described as all-encompassing mystical entity in the Upanishads. As the creation began, the divine, all-encompassing consciousness took the form of the first and original vibration manifesting as sound "AUM". "AUM" is the reflection of the absolute reality, it is said to be "Adi Anadi", without beginning or the end and embracing all that exists. The mantra "AUM" is the name of God, the vibration of the Supreme.
The Celtic cross is a symbol that combines a cross with a ring surrounding the intersection. In Ireland, it is a popular legend that the Celtic Catholic cross was introduced by Saint Patrick or possibly Saint Declan during his time converting the pagan Irish. It has often been claimed that Patrick combined the symbol of Christianity with the sun cross, to give pagan followers an idea of the importance of the cross by linking it with the idea of the life-giving properties of the sun. However this theory is now thought unlikely by most art historians, who think an origin from crosses carrying a victor's wreath around their intersection is more likely. Such a cross is found on the reverse of the Liudhard medalet from Canterbury in England in the 590s. Here I am using the Celtic cross as a symbol of ancient Christianity.
The Tree of Life: The concept of 'tree of life' can be found in many cultures including the Celtic. The crosses of Celtic and Northumbrian origins have tree of life symbols portrayed on them. Celtic tree of life depicts the different forces of nature which converge together to create harmony. Ancient Celts (Druids) believed that trees had many special powers. The meaning of Celtic tree of life can be interpreted in many different ways. The balance and harmony which is observed in nature can be best symbolized with the tree of life. However, balance and harmony are the result of many different forces which operate in the universe. The Celtic people attribute tree of life symbol to qualities such as wisdom, strength and longevity.
Hamsa Hand: The hamsa (khamsa and chamsa) is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa. The hamsa is often used as a defense against the evil eye. It is believed to originate in ancient practices associated with the Phoenicians of Carthage. The Hand (Khamsa) has long represented blessings, power and strength. Archaeological evidence indicates that a downward pointing hamsa used as a protective amulet in the region predates its use by members of the monotheistic faiths. It is thought to have been associated with Tanit, the supreme deity of Carthage (Phoenicia) whose hand was used to ward off the evil eye. The hamsa's path into Jewish culture, and its popularity particularly among the Sephardic Jewish community, can be traced through its use in Phoenecia. It predates the Arabic usage of the hamsa by a thousand years.
Aladdin's Lamp: Although we are all familiar with the tale of Aladdin's magical lamp, in this case I am using it more as a symbol of what came out of the lamp, a genie or djinni. In Arabic, a genie (jinn, jinni, djinni) is a supernatural creature which occupies a parallel world to that of mankind, and together with humans and angels makes up the three sentient creations of God. Religious sources don't mention much about them; however, the Qur'an mentions that jinn are made of smokeless flame, and they form communities just like humans, and, just like humans, they can be good or evil.
Ancient Labyrinth: Prehistoric labyrinths are believed to have served as traps for malevolent spirits or as defined paths for ritual dances. In medieval times, the labyrinth symbolized a hard path to God with a clearly defined center (God) and one entrance (birth). Labyrinths can be thought of as symbolic forms of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment. Many people could not afford to travel to holy sites and lands, so labyrinths and prayer substituted for such travel. Labyrinths are used by modern mystics to help achieve a contemplative state. Walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets the mind.
Ankh: The Ankh, also known as key of life, the key of the Nile or crux ansata, was the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic character that read "eternal life". Egyptian gods are often portrayed carrying it by its loop, or bearing one in each hand, arms crossed over their chest. To this day, the ankh is also used to represent the planet Venus (and the goddess Venus or Aphrodite) and the metal Copper.
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