Charmed Life – Jaimie Nicole

Charmed Life

Hello everybody! This week’s blogs is about some of our most fun and personal pieces here at Jaimie Nicole. We are very well known for our handmade bracelets and the different ways in which you can create unique and beautiful bracelet stacks for every occasion. A great way to add a nice personal touch to your classic bracelet stack is by adding a charm bracelet. And we have no shortage of charms for you to choose from! We have just gotten in a few new charms that we think you will absolutely love. So, sit back, relax and enjoy learning about these new additions to the Jaimie Nicole jewelry family. We wanted to take some time to talk about the history and meaning behind some of our current bestsellers, the Hamsa and the evil eye charm. These beautiful charms are available in 14 karat gold filled, sterling silver, and rose gold filled. They are adorned with spectacular cubic zirconia which is sure to add some much-needed sparkle to any bracelet stack! Hamsa jewelry dates back to ancient Mesopotamia and has connections with the Hand-of-Venus as well as the Hand-of-Mary and Buddha’s spiritual hand gestures, called mudras. Through the various associations, it has been said to protect women against negative energies. In this regard, the Hamsa is believed to increase fertility and promote healthy pregnancies. Ancient Egyptians may have ties to the earliest use of the symbol. It has been embraced across several cultures. Remarkably, each culture associates the Hamsa with protective properties. The Hamsa became a very popular symbol in Middle Eastern countries and saw a widespread adoption by the Islamic faith. Eventually, the Hamsa became a popular symbol in Jewish culture, too. Many believe the symbol became a reminder to use all five senses to praise God. Today, it is used by activists for peace in the Middle East to highlight the similarities of Judaism and Islam. Because it predates most modern religions, it also helps remind both sides of the origins of the religions. Hamsa bracelets are said to help people who find themselves at a crossroads in life and gifting a hand shaped bracelet is a gesture believed to protect friends and loved ones from negative energy; there are many reasons Hamsa hand jewelry continues to grow in popularity. Throughout history the evil eye has been perceived as both a curse and a powerful protective symbol.  As a curse, the evil eye is most commonly attributed to envy, cast unintentionally by looking at or excessively praising a person, particularly a child, for too long. However, the term may also refer to a stronger, more intentional curse cast on a victim by the owner of a magical eye. As a protective symbol, the evil or all-seeing eye, wards against evil and protects the wearer from harm. The origin of the evil eye can be traced back at least three thousand years to the region of Sumer in Mesopotamia, but probably has much older origins.  Belief in the evil eye was spread to the east as far as India by Alexander the Great, and to the south and north by the Roman Empire centuries later and persisted well into the middle ages in England and Celtic parts of Europe. Today, belief in the evil eye is widespread across the Middle East, West Africa, Central America and Mexico, Central Asia and many parts of Europe, especially the Mediterranean. In Islamic culture, Muhammad stated "the influence of an evil eye is a fact...” while in Judaism the evil eye is mentioned several times in classical texts including the Old Testament. Even today the blue and green eyes of northern Europeans may be regarded with suspicion by southern Europeans and Turks, while in Western culture the phrase “to give someone the evil eye” has entered the lexicon of common parlance, even if it only means to stare at a person in anger or disgust. Our evil eye and Hamsa charm bracelets are a few of our best sellers and now you can see why! Not to mention, they are super cute and versatile. The evil eye charm bracelet comes in two different styles. We have our classic cubic zirconia version, available in 14 karat gold filled, sterling silver and rose gold filled. For a fun twist, try our rainbow evil eye to play up this season’s multi-color trend. This one is available in 14 karat gold filled and sterling silver only. And now a little bit about our anticipated soon to be best sellers! Here at Jaimie Nicole we are constantly on the hunt for new and exciting additions for our jewelry family. We have recently added an elephant charm bracelet, a peace sign charm bracelet, a mini cross charm bracelet, and a kids charm bracelet. The kids charm bracelets are completely customizable and are a perfect way to represent your family in style! All of these are available in 14 karat gold filled, sterling silver, and rose gold filled. Pair these new charms with any of our bracelet sets. All these charm bracelets are available on our website Jaimienicole.com. Feel free to stop by our showroom, located in Coral Gables, from 10-5 pm. We would love to see you and help you out with all your jewelry needs!   Xo, Jaimie Nicole

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