Middle Eastern bracelets have been widely used as Jewelry adornments through the years. This hamsa bracelet traces back its roots to the multifaceted and highly diversified Middle East culture and tradition.
The hamsa not only serves as a protective jewelry to its bearer but also bestows happiness, good health and positive energy.
During the last few decades, the hamsa can be seen entirely everywhere in many houses and other office spaces, hanging in cars or maybe used as key rings. Tagged as ‘hamsa hand’, the hamsa is a form of amulet worn by ancient civilization to protect them from evil.
Known as one of the best Middle Eastern bracelets of all time, the hamsa was usually hung on the household walls throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East. Hamsa bracelets are often molded like that of a human palm.
The word ‘hamsa’ is actually a Hebrew word that means ‘five’-this is in reference to the number of finger present in the hand. Symbolically, the hamsa is created to mean that those five fingers can be used in blinding anyone who desires evil on its bearer.
Hamsa hand is one of those Middle Eastern bracelets used in warding off evil and other negative forces from its wearer. Even though it is not used as a religious symbol, Hamsa hand was adopted by the Muslim and Jewish traditions.
For Islam, the term means the ‘Eye of Fatima’. Fatima is Mohammad’s daughter. Judaism has also adopted Hamsa’s Semitic name. In Jewish terms, hamsa does mean several things- Miriam’s hand (the sister of Moses from Exodus), the five Torah books and a protective hand of God.
Although hamsa is aw widely recognized Middle Eastern icon that is generally associated with Jews and Arabs, its definite origins still remain unknown. Some historians point out Phoenicia relating to a Hindu goddess.
There are others who strongly believe that they were initially used as a protective gear by the Jews. When it comes to Jewish culture, red is especially seen as a powerful color option in keeping you away from evil and other negative energies.
In history, it was also one of the most important things used in building the first ever temple commissioned by Solomon and was completed on 960 BC. In the recent era, Middle Eastern bracelets such as the hamsa have already been revived by designer and artists getting inspiration for their designs from ancient motifs.
People nowadays are starting to develop a sense of spirituality and symbolism. Perhaps the most famed reincarnation of the hamsa icon is among Middle Eastern bracelets which are indeed easy and convenient to make.
It is also starting to get popular as an anniversary or birthday gift to special loved ones. With its roots emanating from Jewish and Arab traditions, many peace activists are now making hamsa as an icon of similarity between these two races at the heart of the prolonged Pakistani and Israeli conflict. Hamsa bracelets along with other Middle Eastern bracelets are now made from lavish precious stones, silk cords and so much more.