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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JCK, July 25th

Succession Capital, a division of Lynx Equity, has purchased H.J. Sherman Co., a religious jewelry manufacturer that has been family owned since 1948. The company is the 10th acquisition this year by Succession, which is focused on acquiring “small to ...Read more

Succession Capital Inc., a Subsidiary of Lynx Equity Limited, is Pleased to ...
Business Wire (press release), July 22nd

Founded in 1948, H.J Sherman has established itself as a cornerstone of the religious jewelry and gift marketplace by providing a time-honored line of traditional jewelry featuring classic designs as well as original styles and a broad selection of...Read more

Go and find disciples by following Christ's example, archbishop says
CatholicPhilly.com, July 8th

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St. Ignatius Martyr in Austin, Texas
The Catholic Review (blog), July 7th

After Mass, I perused the small store set up in the vestibule, where they sold religious jewelry, music, DVDs, crucifixes, and cards of saints I'd never even heard of. People I'd never seen before stopped over to wish me a happy anniversary and welcome...Read more

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Norridge Harwood Heights News, July 2nd

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