Ancient Egyptians first wore jewelry made of widely available gold and precious stones to symbolize good luck, healing, and eternal life. The scarab (beetle), the lotus, serpents, the eye of the Horus, and the ankh were the main symbols. Native Americans, too, wore jewelry made of turquoise and silver to honor the spirits, using specific colors and animal totems.

Early Christians identified themselves with crosses and rosary prayer beads, but because they faced much persecution, they often preferred the less-obvious fish charm, as the Greek word for fish, “ichthys,” was an acronym for “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.”

Christian icons, particularly crosses made in Berlin ironwork, made a comeback in the Victorian era, the first time the symbol had been worn widely since the Renaissance. Women also wore belt buckles featuring Medieval Gothic architectural motifs such as stylized shamrocks known as trefoil, the three-leaf symbol of the Holy Trinity, and quatrefoil, the four-leaf sign of the four Gospels.

In Jewish culture, the Star of David is a popular charm, thought to be the symbol King David used to decorate his battle shield.

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Jeweled Cross moving operations to Woonsocket
Attleboro Sun Chronicle, October 28th

Cross' new owners are moving the business to Rhode Island. The company, which manufactures religious jewelry and items and employs more than 25 people, and will be moving to Woonsocket's Highway Industrial Park, according to published reports...Read more

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Slate Magazine (blog), October 28th

This weekend, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation sparked a national sex conversation when it dismissed popular radio host Jian Ghomeshi. In a Facebook post, Ghomeshi claimed he was fired because his participation in consensual BDSM had come ...Read more

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POPSUGAR (blog), October 24th

You may not be the richest of your friends, but you have the best old-money connections, and that's what matters. You are always looking for a new deal to hustle, from religious jewelry to wine to a line of shapewear. Your dislikes include jelly beans...Read more

Qantas Discriminated Against Christian Faith, Claims Former Employee
Opposing Views, October 22nd

A Qantas spokeswoman said that the uniform standards didn't ban religious jewelry—as long as it was worn under the uniform. “Many of our employees wear such jewelry every day, it's simply worn under their uniform,” the spokeswoman said. She noted that ...Read more

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Foreign Policy (blog), October 20th

A 2004 law banned any symbol deemed "ostensibly" religious by then-President Jacques Chirac, meaning large pieces of religious jewelry, Jewish yarmulkes, and Muslim headscarves were no longer allowed in public schools. In Australia, there was public ...Read more

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Foreign Policy (blog), October 20th

A 2004 law banned any symbol deemed "ostensibly" religious by then-President Jacques Chirac, meaning large pieces of religious jewelry, Jewish yarmulkes, and Muslim headscarves were no longer allowed in public schools. In Australia, there was public ...Read more

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Montgomery Advertiser, October 17th

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The Sheboygan Press, October 9th

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