The hamsa/khamsa (Arabic: ?????) is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa. For the last two years approximately, it became commonly used in jewelry and fashion design.
Depicting the open right hand, this image is recognized as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history. It is believed to provide superstitious defense against the evil eye.
Cartier didn’t miss out on the opportunity to capitalize on the popularity of the hand in the region’s culture, and jumped on the cultural fashion wagon with the others.
Presenting: The hand of fatima pendants by Cartier
It is also known as the hand of Fatima, so named to commemorate Muhammad’s (PBUH) daughter Fatima Zahra. Levantine Christians call it the hand of Mary, for the mother of Jesus. Following its incorporation into Jewish tradition via its widespread use in the Islamic world, it was also renamed the hand of Miriam for Miriam, sister of Moses.
- I will be posting the prices of these pendants as soon as I receive them.
-Prices about $9,500.
Lana xxPosted on October 8, 2011