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My jewelry is created using pieces from my various jaunts to local thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and some pieces from my personal collection.

This necklace is absolutely amazing! It is made with 7 charms hanging from a gold-plated hoop. There is a brass ladybug stamping, a silver-plated skull stamping, an acorn, a flattened penny that reads "Good Luck Penny," a sterling silver 4-leaf clover charm, a brass horseshoe stamping and a vintage pewter hand (hamsa, hand of fatima). These charms are hanging on a 17 inch 14\/20 gold-filled chain with a gold-filled toggle clasp. The longest charm hangs approximately 2 inches from the chain (including the gold-plated hoop).

Here is the meaning behind all these charms:
1. The number 7 - Is considered lucky in many cultures and religions: 7 days of the week, 7 wonders of the ancient world, etc.
2. Laydbugs - If a Ladybug is held in the hand while making a wish, the direction that it flies away to shows where your luck will come from.
3. Skulls - Mostly understood as a symbol of warning, the skull was often used by ancient cultures to ward off any type of evil influence or illness. It's philosophically viewed as the seat of intelligence, spirit and the spark of human life. Many primitive cultures believed wearing skulls or would assure protection and well-being.
4. Acorns - During the Norman Conquest, the English would carry dried acorns to protect them from the brutalities of the day. It is considered to be an emblem of luck, prosperity, youthfulness and power. It also represents spiritual growth.
5. Penny - Many people believe that carrying a penny will bring them luck.
6. Clover - In celtic myth, each leaf symbolizes a different lucky characteristic: 1) Fame, 2) Wealth, 3) Love, 4) Health.
7. Horseshoe - Thought to ward-off the evil-eye.
8. Hand - A symbol of spiritual power, strength, domination, and protection. The Hand of Fatima (Muhammad's daughter) is worn as a good luck symbol in Islam - each finger representing an attribute 1) Faith, 2) Prayer, 3) Pilgrimage, 4) Charity, 5) Fasting. In ancient Europe a hand held up was believed to protect against the "evil eye."

Please contact me with any questions.
Rachel McFadden



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