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Ankh Charm Pendant & Earring Set

Ankh – Featured Charm

We’re featuring the Ankh Charm in jewellery in this post. A while ago, we tried to write about a “Charm of the Week”, but although we have featured Angels, Sheep and Om charms. we never managed to make it a weekly post. But we have dozens of charms that we’d like to tell you about. So we’re going to have a go at occasional posts about charms as well as the other topics that you’ll find here on our blog.

Ancient Egypt

Like many popular icons of modern times, the Ankh has its origins in Ancient Egypt.  It is a recognised hieroglyph that means “life” and is often seen in the hands of Egyptian gods on tombs and temple carvings.

Ankh carving at Thebes
Ankh carving at Thebes (Image from roadrunner_876 on Photobucket)

In its earliest representations, it appears to have been an elaborate bow or knot, although it could also have a sexual meaning or even be a representation of a sandal strap.  It certainly had a religious significance.

Its popularity in Ancient Egypt is clear from  everyday objects which were ankh- shaped. A gilded mirror in the shape of an ankh was found in Tutankhamun’s tomb (and the word ankh also means “mirror”, so here is an ancient play on words!) Other objects such as spoons were also made in this shape.

Although it predates Christianity, it’s shape is so similar to the cross that Christians, and especially Coptic Christianity, has adopted it as the crux ansata, the handled or “eyed” cross.

Adapted from: http://www.egyptianmyths.net/ankh.htm

The Ankh Today

It is often worn by New Agers and Pagans as a symbol of wisdom. In the 1960s, hippies wore it as a life-affirming sign.

In Goth culture, it is a symbol associated with vampires.  It was worn by David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve in the 1983 film The Hunger.

Elvis Presley wore an ankh necklace during his concert documentary Elvis on Tour.

Adapted from: http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Ankh

Ankh Charm Jewellery from LoveTaliesin

The Ankh is available as a pendant, earrings and set. Please click on the images below to buy yours. All of these are offered with free postage and packaging.

It can also be incorporated into a charm bracelet or anklet and as a bookmark or key ring. Contact us if you’d like to find out more about bespoke jewellery

Sheep Earrings and Pendant Set

Charm Of The Week – Sheep

This jewellery, like almost all of LoveTaliesin’s pieces, have been designed and hand-made by Sue Thomas. She says, “These sheep are so cute that they will enhance any occasion, but are best suited to informal and everyday wear.”

The charms are made from Tibetan silver and the finished pieces use only nickel-free ear hooks and rings and a silver-plated chain.

Sheep Charm Jewellery from LoveTaliesin

Sheep Earrings and Pendant Set
Sheep Earrings and Pendant Set
Sheep Earrings
Sheep Earrings
Sheep Pendant
Sheep Pendant

More Information:

Om Charm Pendant and Earrings Set

Charm Of The Week – Om

Om Charm Pendant and Earrings Set
Om Charm Pendant and Earrings Set

Om is a mantra and mystical sound of Hindu origin (geographically India and Nepal) and is a sacred syllable representing Brahman, the impersonal Absolute of Hinduism — omnipotent, omnipresent, and the source of all manifest existence.

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 before any prayer or mantra.

The vibration of “OM” symbolises the manifestation of God and is the reflection of the absolute reality. It is also the name of God.

Today, in all Hindu art and all over Nepal and India, ‘om’ can be seen almost everywhere.

Om in Daily Life

Om is in use daily. It is often found at the head of letters, at the beginning of examination papers and so on. The symbol is enshrined in every Hindu temple and in some form or another on family shrines.

Many Hindus, as an expression of spiritual perfection, wear the sign of Om as a pendant.

It is important to newly born children, who are ushered into the world with this holy sign. After birth, the child is ritually cleansed and the sacred syllable Om is written on its tongue with honey. Thus right at the time of birth the syllable Om is initiated into the life of a Hindu and ever remains with him as the symbol of piety.

Om is also a popular symbol used in contemporary body art and tattoos and jewellery.

 Om Jewellery from LoveTaliesin

Om Charm Pendant and Earrings Set
Om Charm Pendant and Earrings Set
Om Charm Earrings
Om Charm Earrings
Om Charm Pendant
Om Charm Pendant

More Information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om

http://hinduism.about.com/od/omaum/a/meaningofom.htm

 

Tibetan Silver Angel Earrings

Charm Of The Week – Angel

Each week we feature one of the charms in our ever-expanding range of Tibetan Silver and Antique Bronze charms and will highlight the beautiful, but inexpensive  jewellery that has been designed and hand-made by Sue.

Tibetan Silver Angel Earrings
Tibetan Silver Angel Earrings

This week our featured charm is one that has been a stalwart of our craft-fair stalls from the very beginning. This Tibetan Silver Angel has been made into:

  • Earrings (Pictured)    £3.99    
  • Charm Bracelet
  • Pendant
  • Bookmark
  • Key Ring
  • Phone Lariat
  • Clip-on charm

We will add these other Angel charm products to our site as soon as possible.