Nearly all faiths have items that are considered
spiritual jewelry. If you are New Age, Christian
or Buddhist you will find meaningful symbols of
your faith that are designed for both men and
women. This jewelry has roots that are very old.
It is often found in the earliest traces of
Much of the early artwork that survives today has
a spiritual connotation. Whether the art was an
idol or a symbol of the creator's faith, we see
surviving pieces made of stone, iron, brass or
gold. In addition to those pieces of art, there
were pieces of jewelry made that reflected the
wearer's religious beliefs.
Some of the pieces were designed to be worn to
keep away the evil spirits while others were
simple reminders of the faith or of their god.
Pieces had to have significance to the wearer or
they would not have been made. As man progressed
in his spirituality and skills the jewelry that he
made also changed to reflect new beliefs and new
Catholicism has jewelry in the form of crosses,
rosaries and crucifixes. These adornments are
important to the wearer in reminding them of the
suffering of the Savior. Rosaries are used during
prayers. Additionally, medallions such as St.
Christopher metals are often important to
Catholics as well as non Catholics.
While rosaries and crucifixes are less popular
with Protestants, the cross is a popular piece of
jewelry. In addition, the symbol of the fish found
in the catacombs has been important for thousands
Much of the New Age jewelry has ancient roots. New
Age practitioners may wear amulets that are copied
from ancient artwork. The jewelry may use precious
stones or gemstones. The metals may be gold,
silver or an alloy.
Native Americans also wear jewelry that can called
metaphysical jewelry. Some pieces may have to do
with a right of passage while other pieces are
only used for specific ceremonies. The United
States does have special laws regarding jewelry
sold as authentic Native American. These laws also
apply to spiritual pieces.
Costs for these pieces may be vary from almost
nothing to being very expensive. Some jewelry may
be made primarily of plastic and cheap while other
pieces are made of precious metals and stones and
very expensive. If you have a jeweler make a
custom made piece just for you, you can expect to
pay the most for the piece.
Whenever planning the purchase of spiritual
jewelry, start by setting a budget. By knowing
what you want to and can spend can help you in
your shopping decisions. Make sure that you are
purchasing quality pieces when paying top dollars.
Settings should be secure and clasps or other
fasteners should be secure. Just as with any other
jewelry, a lost stone can ruin a a piece. A
defective clasp can result in a lost piece. If you
have recently found your spirituality and are not
sure about what piece you should purchase, consult
with someone more experienced in your religion.
They may be able to give you advice about a piece
that will continue to have meaning for many years.