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.
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.
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