Antique Jewelry to Take Care of your Spiritual Well Being.
For a few weeks, we have been looking at how antique jewelry helps us take care of our physical, emotional and spiritual lives.
In this increasingly crazy world, we often forget about the spiritual component of our lives. We are so busy trying to gratify our physical and emotional needs, that this no-less-important part of ourselves is neglected. We cannot live contentedly without considering our spiritual selves.
Just to be clear: spiritual does not necessarily go hand-in-glove with today's organised religions. They may be your conduit to a spiritual world, but there are many roads that lead to the same end. For some people, meditation or a walk in nature might do the trick. That is your business.
There is a huge connection between spirituality and antique jewelry.
We have spoken many times about Memento Mori jewelry that reminds us that death is always part of life. Perhaps that refers more to physical life, so let's move on.
Since holy people were recognised, mere mortals have wanted a 'piece of them' as a relic. If you can't have the actual person to rub shoulders with and grant your wishes, at least a part of them will have to suffice. People find comfort in a physical link to the spiritual world. Reliquary jewelry is quite common. Many an old antique jewel has a little compartment for holding a hair, nail or drop of blood of a saint. Many beautiful jewels were made for this specific purpose such as this pendant with a compartment at the back to hold a saintly relic.
In a similar way, images of gods and holy people are incorporated into many jewels, especially in the East. Classic Hindu jewelry is full of such images. Sometimes, they are quite literal and sometimes, they are symbolic.
#5757 ring with Ganesh #6832 Shiva Lingam ring
Holy writings are often incorported in amuletic jewelry. We have seen many ethnic jewels containing spells and incantations to protect the wearer from evil and bring them good fortune.
The writings may be part of a much more sophisticated 'modern' jewel. In these cufflinks, made circa 1940, there are engraved carnelian gems, probably many years older than their gold mounts. The gems are engraved with verses from the Koran.
We have often spoken of Navarathna jewelry, where each of the 9 gems has powers to protect the wearer as well as additional forces between the gems.
Jewelry like this is still highly sought after today. The old pieces, are increasingly difficult to find.
Condusive to spiritual prayer is the rosary, used in more than one religious sect. People not only count prayers, but meditate on the beads, which become an aid to spiritual meditation and prayer. Whatever form religious symbols take, touching them, wearing them close to one's body, often have a calming effect on the wearer.
Wearing a symbol of religion is not the exclusive domain of the East.
ring with cross
#6006 The lady who wore this bracelet was clearly a very spiritual person. Every element hanging from it depicts a part of her faith. No doubt, as she went about her daily business, she would look down, see her bracelet and become reassured that someone has her back and all will be well in her world.
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