This is a wonderful Silver Filigree Pendant that probably came from the Middle East. Vintage Amulet is designed as a HAND with 5 Fingers. There is a tiny bezel in the 'palm' of the hand... with a tomato red coral? cabochon.
"Hamsa" is the Hebrew symbol for the hand of protection against evil. The word "Hamsa" comes from the root word for the number five in Hebrew. The number five is considered to have special magical power to bring good luck. The number 5 is represented by the 5 fingers of an open human hand in a natural motion - an open hand to ward off an oncoming enemy. The shape of the hand is a stop sign to the devil. Hamsa it is the most popular symbol for good luck & well being in the Middle East.
The Hand of Fatima is a Middle Eastern symbol traditionally endowed with helpful, magical properties. It is used to avert the evil eye - protective amulet dates back thousands of years.
Vintage silver Luck Amulet MEASURES ~ 3/4 x 3/8 Inches including integral loop - but not the jump ring for a pendant chain, leather thong or charm bracelet. It is Clearly Marked "SILVER" on a rectangular plaque mounted to the reverse & is in VERY GOOD CONDITION! ...has not been polished & displays original oxidized accents. Would make a TERRIFIC Gift or Addition to YOUR Vintage Filigree, Religious Pendant or Middle Eastern Jewelry Collection!