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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Two rival jewelers go on charm offensive
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Magnanimi's family had specialized in religious jewelry and he decided to move back to Cranston after the death of his 33-year-old brother, Danny, from leukemia. Magnanimi, 37, created the Luca and Stella brand of bracelets in August 2014. In July, he ...Read more

Is Carly Fiorina's giant cross a genuine show of faith or cynicism?
American Thinker (blog), December 16th

But he doesn't wear large religious jewelry. How is he winning these voters over? I think it is because he talks about his faith often. He speaks about his values and beliefs, and from the way he talks, people know it's from the heart. It's not what he...Read more

When religious fashion invites suspicion
NewBostonPost (blog), December 12th

For whatever the reason, I've never been comfortable with religious jewelry. Many Christian women wear the cross as a pendant, though many Christian women, especially Protestants, are offended by the idea of wearing the cross as jewelry. The cross is ...Read more

SUZANNE FIELDS: When religious fashion invites suspicion
Washington Times, December 9th

When I was a girl, graduating from Old Testament and Hebrew language studies at a conservative synagogue, I wore a white robe, carried an armful of red roses and gave a speech to my family and the congregation. A wealthy friend of the family, an...Read more

Supreme Court boosts workers who claim religious bias
Religion News Service, June 1st

Distracting religious jewelry, tattoos, clothing, and behavior are, and should be, constitutionally protected for the public, hence for the shopper, but not for the employee, as he is representing his employer to the public. I look for this case to...Read more

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

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Huffington Post, July 19th

Jewelry can be a fashion accessory but it can also symbolizes a spiritual truth for the wearer. In many cases, religious jewelry tells a personal story. For example, jewelry is a common gift to give and receive during religious ceremonies or holidays...Read more

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