In particular, Middle Eastern jewelries are associated with many magical forces and talismans. Both Islamic and Jewish communities use their jewelry pieces as amulets. Silver jewelry has been part of any dowry in places like the Arabian Peninsula as well as the Ancient Mediterranean Coral. The use of talismans has passed from generation to generation. A good example is a talisman used for the elderly, women, children and babies. You can also see that in Middle Eastern countries, their children are used to wearing beads, chains, bells, mother of pearl, and other jewelry to ensure that they are always safe from harm. Thus, this serves as a provider of good luck to the wearer against evil spirits.
In the past, when a woman was about to get married, she would wear the Gargush (hoodie) with a matching amulet in the shape of a triangle with matching red coral decoration. This was used in the belief that a woman’s femininity would be protected. Aside from that, most Middle Eastern jewelry is also worn to ward off the evil eye and other misfortunes. Additionally, these types of lucky charms are also used to provide someone with good health and fertility.
There are traditional amulets like the kutub (amulet boxes). In most cases, the kutub is filled with handwritten scrolls. The old Muslims are usually full of this with the Soras of the Koran. These are usually written in Arabic words. These also come with wishes paired with corresponding prayers.
Jews usually filled kutubs with biblical paragraphs. These paragraphs come together with Kabbalistic Hebrew prayers and formulas. Long before, the kutub was used to protect an individual from certain fear. Kutubs can usually be seen as part of some ancient Yemeni necklaces, exquisitely mixed with dugag beads, ancient Mediterranean red coral, and amber beads.
Jews and Muslims are known for sharing universal amulets and snake-headed bracelets. The use of this type of accessories is observed in ancient Yemen. Wearing these amulets with snake head designs is believed to provide protection against snake bites. Apart from that, some people are using this type of amulet to promote the health of an individual.
All Middle Eastern jewelry is considered amulet and large motifs are used. You have a wide range of assortments from Hirz, Hamzas or Hand of Fatima designs, plant representations, religious symbols, kutubs. The jewels were part of the communication in society, since they showed marital status, tribe, religious beliefs and other representations dependent on heritage.
Countless designs are also offered now from a variety of terrestrial and internet sources. An important tip when choosing ancient Yemeni jewelry is that you first have to know its meaning and the origin of the piece. This is to ensure that you have correct and accurate information about your part.