Keep it Simple, Keep it Positive: 5 Types Of Jewelry With Deeper Meanings
By K. Mya | September 2016
Jewelry To Keep Us Present & Positive
Life is complicated enough, without all the fuss and frills of keeping up with fancy trends. Adorn yourself with positive energy by keeping it simple and letting yourself shine. Since ancient times, various stones and symbols have held sacred beliefs when it comes to love, luck, happiness and the battles of everyday life. Here are five kinds of jewelry to infuse your life with abundance and positivity.
1. Sacred Animals
For ages, humans have been powerfully linked to animals. In many Nordic countries, the warrior-berserker was said to have the ability to shapeshift or take on the abilities of fierce animals, such as the bear or wolf.
Native American traditions place importance on the power of one’s spirit animal. For example, the spider has a dark and light side, but as the weaver of the web, it symbols creativity. In many traditions, the spider is Mother, creator of the world.
Think about the traits you want to emphasize or bring into your life. Consider the traits of certain animals and how they function in their habitats. The hawk is a bird of prey and has powerful vision, honing in on exactly what it wants with sharp instinct (and talons). The rabbit appears to be a timid and fearful creature, but what if the rabbit is quick and resourceful in reality? Your sacred animal can also help you see yourself in a new light.
From small river rocks to the monoliths used to make Stonehenge, gemstones have held meaning to humans as “the bones of the Earth.” Every person has a birthstone or a favorite crystal that holds powerful meaning as every culture assigns meaning to particular stones as amulets, talismans or lucky stones. Here are a few of those gemstones and their powerful properties:
Rose quartz is associated with the planet Venus and love and friendship. As a quartz crystal, its protective qualities extend to self-love and one’s relationships.
Selenite is named for the Selene, the goddess of the Moon, and its properties are said to be intuition, dreams, creativity and femininity. Don’t expose selenite to water because it will dissolve but is hardy otherwise.
Snowflake obsidian is said to be composed of the ashes from a volcano that fell into lava before it hardened. This highlight’s the stone’s healing and grounding properties of balance during change, transformation, practicality and psychic abilities. Snowflake obsidian is particularly helpful to those stuck in negative thought patterns and struggling to stay centered in meditation. It’s linked to the zodiac sign Virgo and the base chakra.
Wire wrap these stones into a necklace, or carry one in your pocket or a drawstring pouch when you need an extra boost of positive energy.
3. Vital Energy Bracelets
These Alexi and Ani bracelets are infused with positive energy or vital energy (Chi and Prana). They channel your positivity as you wear the bracelet that speaks to your heart. Every charm is unique and customized to individual choice. Stack bracelets to represent each branch of your life’s journey and the wisdom you’ve gained.
The symbol you pick should have deep, personal meaning for you, representing inner wisdom earned with your life’s journey and your passions. For example, the Four leaf clover charms bangle, from the Path of life Symbols collection, expresses the four blessings of life: luck, hope, faith and love. The four leaf clover also depicts the seasons and remembering the blessings to be kept with the shifting seasons of life.
4. Metals with Meaning
The metals that compose your jewelry hold powerful meanings, too. In many cultures, alchemists believed that every element had a physical representation and a philosophical meaning. Spiritual alchemy was strongly linked to metallurgy, or the ability to transform one base metal into another metal. Each metal had its own symbol and meaning:
Lead is governed by Saturn, related to transformation and death. Its toxicity is linked metaphorically to similar human traits and the cleansing and removal of imperfections.
Tin is governed by Jupiter, related to wisdom, education and maturity. It’s connected to balance and meditation.
Copper is governed by Venus and is one of the oldest metals, related to youthfulness, charisma, feminine beauty, creativity and caring. Considered a healing metal, it inspires you to live a fulfilling life.
Silver is governed by the moon and considered a regal metal, related to self-reflection, divination, spirits, femininity, focus and subtle strength.
5. Cultural and Religious Symbols
From the time that man could carve on stone, symbols began to hold a deeper meaning. From animistic faiths to polytheistic and monotheistic faiths, symbols have grown to hold a vital and particular meaning to individuals who lead spiritual lives:
Spirals are found on cave walls around the world and symbolize the journey inward and the journey outward. For many, the spiral is a creation symbol. Labyrinths are a wonderful example of the symbol at work.
The Om symbol stems from Sanskrit texts and a mystic syllable, and is defined as “the sound of the universe.”
The Cross is modernly seen in Christian faith, but also holds meaning in other cultures and in alchemy, as a symbol of God and the relationship between matter and spirit.
Since ancient times, humans have adorned their body with beautiful jewelry that possess deep meanings. Connections to animals, stones, metals and symbols remind people of ancient myths and their own personal stories. Adorn your mind, body and spirit with positivity with simple jewelry choices that serve as reminders of your own journey.