Birthstone 01 - January Garnet, Gemstone Jewelry, Necklaces, Symbols and Shapes

6 Stone Garnet Cross Necklace in Silver

This 6 stone garnet cross necklace is a wonderful gift to showcase one’s faith and symbolize the January birthstone.

Each deep red colored gem is an oval shape and makes a beautiful statement. The metal backing the pendant and the chain is .925 sterling.

The gemstones are natural and heat treated (a common jewelry practice.) A gift box is included.

Birthstone 01 - January Garnet, Gemstone Jewelry, Rings, Symbols and Shapes, Wedding Bands and Engagement

6 Heart Shaped Garnet Rings in Yellow, Rose, or White Gold

Heart-shaped garnet rings makes a wonderful gift for anyone born in January or really anyone that loves the beautifully rich red color of this gemstone. The below 6 garnet heart style rings are all available in 14K gold (rose, yellow, or white) or platinum.

These natural garnet rings can be purchased from Angara and you can view the Certificate of Authenticity within the product details section. You can also adjust the gemstone quality to accommodate different budgets.

The photos below showcase these rings in 14K white gold, but remember they are all also available in yellow gold and rose gold. Then all but 1 style is also available in platinum.

Heart Shaped Garnet Ring with Diamond Halo Accents in Yellow, Rose, or White Gold (and Platinum)

Heart-Shaped Garnet Halo Ring with Diamond Accents, White Gold, Angara.com

Heart Shaped Solitaire Garnet Ring with Diamond Accents in Yellow, Rose, or White Gold (and Platinum)

Solitaire Garnet Heart Ring with Diamond Accents, White Gold, Angara.com

Heart Shaped Garnet Solitaire Bypass Ring with Two Diamonds in Yellow, Rose, or White Gold (and Platinum)

Heart-Shaped Garnet Bypass Ring with Diamonds, White Gold, Angara.com

Clover Ring with 4 Heart-Shaped Garnets with Diamond Accents in Yellow, Rose, or White Gold (not available in Platinum)

Heart-Shaped Garnet Clover Ring, White Gold, Angara.com

Heart Shaped Bezel Set Garnet Ring with Diamond Accents in Yellow, Rose, or White Gold (and in Platinum)

Bezel Heart Garnet Promise Ring with Diamond Accents, White Gold, Angara.com

Heart Shaped Bezel Set Solitaire Garnet Ring in Yellow, Rose, or White Gold (and in Platinum)

Bezel-Set Solitaire Heart Garnet Promise Ring, White Gold, Angara.com

Which ring is your favorite? Which metal do you think compliments the garnet gemstone the best? Comment below!

Gemstone Jewelry, Symbols and Shapes

Celtic Knot Jewelry

Celtic knots have special symbolism in jewelry with rich historical and cultural Welsh, Irish, and Scottish origins. Today we will talk about these complex Celtic knots and their history, meaning, types, and uses in jewelry. 

History of Celtic Knots

In ancient history, Celtic knots were written about after around 450 AD. Celtic knot work has been a huge part of Indo-European art along with animals, humans, and plants. The unmistakeable designs are also seen in manuscript paintings and historically significant works such as the Book of Kells.

Similar knots are also a popular part of Arabic calligraphy. The Celtic knot artwork was later seen in the medieval era, Ethiopian culture, Russian culture, and Islamic art.

Today these beautiful knots are used as decorative styles on mugs, cutlery, jewelry, art, and paintings. Learn more about Celtic history here.

Meaning and Symbolism

Celtic Knots are created to have no start or finish. It is a loop that has a special meaning of eternity. The Celtic knot represents life and its connection to eternity and also can symbolize the connection of life. These unique and attractive knots signify love, faith, harmony, and loyalty in a relationship. 

Here are the different types of Celtic knots with their respective meanings:

Celtic Spiral Knot or Triskele

This is one of the oldest Celtic knot designs which represents the three elements of life: Water, Fire, and Earth. This single line that connects the 3 elements depicts the unity of life and one’s spirit. 

Celtic Love Knot

If you look closely this beautiful knot is a connection of a heart and knot. This Celtic knot signifies love and loyalty between lovers.

Celtic Trinity or Triquetra Knot

As described in the Christian religion, this Celtic trinity knot can mean the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. However, the Triquetra knot has been found in art prior to the birth of Christianity.

Celtic Sailor Knot

This Celtic Knot symbolizes friendship, harmony, and love, not only between lovers but friends and family members.

Celtic Shield Knot

This special Celtic knot design has a strong meaning of protection and guard. It was used in ancient times for the soldiers for their protection and it was put near the ill people so they recover faster. It was also considered to guard one from the evil energies.

Celtic Knots Jewelry Trends

Celtic knots are extremely attractive and unique designs that are very popular in jewelry items. The eternal meaning of Celtic knots makes it a great choice for wedding and engagement jewelry. The Celtic love knot pendants can be a great gift for your loved one. The Sailor knot bracelets would be an amazing gift for your best friend. Give them as a token of appreciation and cherish the harmony and love of these symbols.

The stunning and rich cultured Celtic knots are not only a treat to the eyes but also have great meaning behind them so spread the rich cultural and historical meaning behind these beautiful pieces.

Gemstone Jewelry, Symbols and Shapes

The Stunning Hamsa Hand of Fatima Necklace

Diamond Hamsa Hand Pendant, Angara.com

In Arabic, Hamsa means ‘five.’ The Hamsa hand is a palm-shaped symbol. It shows an open right hand that is known to be a sign of protection. Some believe that it acts as a protector from bad energies. It is very commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings to blow away all the bad luck and attract good luck. 

Hamsa holds a special value in different religions. It is known as Hand of Fatima in Islam, Hand of Mary in Christianity, and Hand of Miriam in Judaism. Its origin starts in Iraq, where people used to were Hamsa as an amulet to protect them from evil and brings good luck and fortune.

In Islamic culture, Hamsa has a very holy and religious meaning. It is represented as the hand of “Fatima tul Zahra”, the daughter of the last holy prophet Muhammad. “Fatima tul Zahra” means the bright, sparkling one; it also means the one who is pure and sinless.

Hamsa in Islam signifies as the symbol of protection, strength, and power. Some Shia Muslim scholars also called the five fingers of Hamsa as the pillars of their holy religion, which are; Belief, Prayer, Fasting, Charity, and Pilgrimage. Also, it is called “Khamsa” in Arabic.

In Hinduism and Buddhism, the Hamsa has a different meaning. They refer to it as five senses also known as “chakras”, and the mudras which control the energy flow in the body. 

In Judaism, it is believed that Hamsa is God’s hand and is also believed as the hand of Miriam. According to their holy books Miriam, the sister of Aron and Moses, had an exemplary life. She was an honorable lady who has qualities such as piousness and honesty. That’s why she is remembered as the symbol of good luck and protection. As we all know that Moses freed his tribe from Egypt and Aron, later on, became a High Priest of Judaism.

To this day it is used widely in jewelry or in-wall hangings all over the world. Popularly it is used in gold and silver jewelry. It can be carved or formed in silver as silver is known to represent purity and some believe holds magical properties.

Sometimes the Hamsa is painted on walls of a house either with red. It is also painted or hung on doorways of rooms of expectant mothers. The hand can be seen as fingers spread apart as that keeps the evil away or as fingers close together that brings good luck. Hamsa can be worn either with fingers pointing up or down depending on what the beliefs of the owner are.

Whether they believe it will bring happiness, peace, and prosperity while it is upwards or downwards. You may also have seen the eye (Nazar boncuğu) symbol used together with Hamsa, as it is believed to protect against bad luck and evil energies.

It doesn’t matter from which religion or culture you belong, wearing and keeping the Hamsa will help to bring good luck and positive energies around you.

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Egyptian Ankh Necklace

Egypt is a land full of mysteries; it is also the oldest civilization. Archeologists have found so many interesting things about Egyptian culture and religion via their remains. From the mighty pyramids to the eye of Horus symbol, each has its meaning and representation in Egyptian culture.

Today we shall look into another very interesting element in Egyptian culture that is the “Ankh”. The Egyptian Ankh symbol has been used since ancient times and has a strong connection to cultural and religious beliefs. The Ankh symbol has been seen in Egyptian writings, their arts, and sculptures and it was also found buried with mummies. 

Today this symbol has a special meaning to Egyptians and because of its unique design, it is a great jewelry item too.

History of the Ankh

According to scholars, the Egyptian Ankh symbol was first seen around the 30th century BCE. However, they all have their theories behind its meaning and what the symbol stood for. Ancient Egyptians believed in the re-birth and reincarnation of a person.

For them, the Ankh was a representation of life and the afterlife. The symbol Ankh was placed in their tombs as they believed that the Gods would bestow them a new life. The Pharaohs held the Ankh in high esteem.

The Egyptian Ankh symbol was so dear and cherished to them that they used to make the mirrors, flower bouquets, vessels, and other things exactly like the Ankh shape. The symbol was also used to decorate the walls of architecture such as shrines.

They also used it as an amulet which they would wear daily and also place it with their deceased family members for their well-being in their afterlife.

Symbolism

There are so many versions of Ankh symbolism; some scholars say that the Ankh symbolizes life itself. Some refer to the Ankh as a symbol of purity and innocence of a lady. Another theory of the symbolism behind Ankh is that it is a mirror that shows the reflection of one’s soul. It is a mirror that reflects a person’s character, soul, purity, and thoughts.

The Ankh is may be best known as the “Key of Life”. The oval shape represents the female organ and the male organ is represented by the line. Scholars say that this shape describes the union of a male and female thus “Life”.

Spiritual Meaning

As ancient Egyptians believed the Ankh symbol was a good luck charm which they would wear daily as amulets. Some think that the shape signifies hidden knowledge about the secrets of the world, life and the afterlife.

Egyptian Ankh in Present Day Jewelry 

Due to its unique and appealing design, the Ankh is a very popular design for jewelry items. Egyptian Ankh pendants are very popular among Christians too as the symbol and the meaning is very close to the Cross symbol that denotes the crucifixion of the Christ.

People who wish to show their love for religion, or history, or culture wear the ankh with pride.

Gemstone Jewelry, Symbols and Shapes

The Evil Eye Necklace – A Quick History Behind this Stunning Symbol

Stunning Blue Sapphire Evil Eye Pendant Necklace, Angara.com

An evil eye pendant necklace is considered to be one of the most popular symbols today. Many people from around the world have widely important beliefs regarding the symbolism behind the evil eye amulet.

What is an Evil Eye Pendant?

Found among the Mediterranean and West Asian cultures, the eye-shaped amulet holds symbolic value across communities in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Spain, Malta, Romania, and many other countries.

In Muslim countries, the evil eye pendant is locally referred to as ‘Nazars’, signifying an object held to protect oneself, one’s family, or community from the ‘evil eye’ and therefore protection from bad luck or misfortune.

You will also find this symbol on a palm-shaped amulet, called “the Hamsa” pronounced as Khamsa (five) in Arabic. This is widely popular amongst the Muslim and Jewish communities as the symbol of protection.

This is also believed to be called “The hand of Mary”, “The hand of Miriam”, and “The hand of Fatima” the daughter of the well-known prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
 

History of this pendant and its spiritual and cultural significance

The origin or the discovery of this evil eye pendant was made back in ancient Greek or Roman times. The Christians, Muslims, and Jewish people mainly believe in this symbol. This symbol is commonly found in Asian homes as a protection from evil and also on trees, such as the “Tree of Nazars” in Cappadocia, Turkey.

Although it has spiritual and cultural significance, the fashion industry has picked up this symbol as a fashion item too. You will find lots of varieties of this evil eye in necklaces, rings, bracelets, and even earrings. 

Why are they worn as jewelry even to this day?

Now arises the question of wearing the evil eye pendant as jewelry even to this day. Due to its widely believed power for protection, people think that by wearing it throughout the day would keep you protected from the evil eye. It is also worn to bring good luck in your life, and nowadays just as a fashion jewelry piece. 

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