Hamsa Jewelry

Apart from the evil eye which has been turned into a popular motif for jewelry, there is also the Hamsa hand (also known as the Hand of Fatima in the Middle East) which is a popular amulet and or piece of jewelry. Such an amulet can be found both in the Middle East and Africa, as well as in the Jewish world. Due to the form of these amulets, they have been transformed into popular pieces of jewelry, such as pendants, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc. They are usually made of precious metal, such as gold or silver, and are richly adorned with precious gems. For instance, a common Hamsa piece of jewelry is the pendant containing a precious stone at the center, replacing thus the eye. Such jewelry has been worn for centuries and its initial role was to protect the person who wore it and then to embellish the looks.