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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Cathedral Festival for the Arts
Omaha World-Herald, October 8th

Art at this year's show includes fine jewelry, religious jewelry, ironwork sculptures, stonework sculptures, stain glassed pieces, resin sculptures and ornaments, fabric art, watercolors, oils, acrylics, photography, wood art, pottery, leather work and...Read more

Cathedral Art Show starts Friday
Lincoln Journal Star, October 3rd

Art at this year's show includes fine jewelry, religious jewelry, ironwork sculptures, stonework sculptures, stain-glassed pieces, resin sculptures and ornaments, fabric art, watercolors, oils, acrylics, photography, wood art, pottery, and leatherwork...Read more

'Mass of the Roses' honors Saint Therese of Lisieux, September 22nd

as Carmelite books and statues, holy face oil and prayer cards, St. Albert holy water, nativity tote bags, advent calendars and stickers, miraculous medal cord bracelets and rings, "Make-a-Rosary kits, light-up pens, rosaries, religious jewelry and...Read more

Humana merger another challenge for Aetna CEO
The Courier-Journal, September 11th

He favors robust Italian red wine, Macallan 18-year-old whisky and Budweiser and often wears the Mala beads, popular in meditation and religious jewelry, around his neck. He joined the board of directors of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of ...Read more

Non-profit home decor store opens in Livonia, September 10th

“We will offer a nice variety of religious jewelry, statues, furniture and both retail and consigned art,” Dillon said. Customers can either consign or donate their upscale religious and secular jewelry, art and home décor. The store will also sell...Read more

Cranston's Luca & Stella jewelry line is tribute to a brother's dream
The Providence Journal, March 28th

Named after Fred Magnanimi's two children, Luca, 5, and Stella, 2, the line is more fashion-forward than the religious jewelry the company has been known for producing since his grandfather opened the business in Cranston in 1951. Magnanimi, 36 ...Read more

Religious jewelry might conflict with company's grooming policy, May 24th

It depends on what type of "accessories" you are wearing and how or why they are causing others to be offended. Loading… Post to Facebook. Religious jewelry might conflict with company's grooming policy It depends on what type of "accessories" you are ...Read more

What Symbols of Faith Or Religious Jewelry Do You Wear and Why?
Huffington Post, July 19th

We reached out to the Huffington Post Religion community asking what kind of religious jewelry they own and what it means to them. Do you treasure a piece of jewelry that has a spiritual meaning for you? Send a picture of it to religion@huffingtonpost...Read more