Some people wear jewelry just for fashion, some wear it for its sentimental value, and some wear certain pieces because of the meanings they hold. Jewelry with meaning can come in many different forms and have different purposes.
At Olive Yew, we like the idea of wearing jewelry with meaning. That's why we make such a variety of personalized necklaces and bracelets. That way you can have your own special piece of jewelry that is sentimental to you or a loved one. Other pieces of our jewelry have traditional meanings such as a symbol of good luck, a symbol of love or even helps to assist the mind and body.
Which necklaces hold a specific meaning?
Four Leaf Clover
The fourth leaf of a clover is an uncommon variation to the standard three leaf clover. According to Irish tradition, each leaf holds a meaning. The first leaf is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love, and the fourth is for luck. Fun fact: an extra rare fifth leaf represents money. Another folk tradition says the first three leaves stand for the Holy Trinity and the fourth represents God's Grace.
The elephant is known for it's strength, wisdom and patience, but also considered as symbol of good luck. Some traditions say to keep a lucky elephant at the door to your house for protection from bad luck.
I know you've heard of a lucky rabbit's foot. I'm not sure why that would be lucky, but in general, the rabbit is known as a symbol of good fortune. Have you heard of the "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit" superstition? Some believe if you repeat rabbit three times on the first day of the month when you first wake up, you will have good luck the whole month. I guess it can't hurt to try...
The reason a horseshoe is considered good luck centers around a legend about Saint Dunstan. Dunstan was a blacksmith (who later became the Archbishop of Canterbury) and was visited by the Devil because he wanted his horse to have new shoes. Dunstan agreed, but instead of shoeing the horse, he grabbed the devil's leg and put the horseshoe on him instead. This caused so much pain that he begged him to remove it. Dunstan said he would, but only after the Devil agreed to never enter a home that had a horseshoe on (or above) the door.
Traditionally, wishbones aren't a symbol of good luck. They are thought of as making wishes come true. To have your wish granted, you just need to have a little luck, right? To properly break a wishbone, let it dry out overnight. The two participants use their pinky fingers to wrap around each side of the wishbone and gently pull apart until it breaks. The person with the biggest side has his/her wish granted.
The Crane is the most popular origami animal used in weddings. It represents happiness and good fortune. The reason the Crane is the most popular is because it is believed that they mate for life and symbolize everlasting love.
Mind & Body
The Chalcedony is in the quartz family and can be found in a variety of colors. It has been used for its healing powers by Native Americans, ancient Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. The Chalcedony stone is considered a nurturing stone. Among many other things, it is believed to help create balance between mind, body and spirit.
If you have a piece of Olive Yew jewelry that has a special meaning to you, I'd love to hear about it!