Particularly lovely, this cabochon sapphire and filigree 14k gold Hamsa is the perfect pendant charm to wear or to gift. The sapphires are very pretty; enjoy the gemmy blue and lively color that greets the eye.
It is as pretty on the back side as it is on the front; only the nail detail and the absence of stones mark the difference. There is a hallmark on the back of the piece through which the ring passes but we are unable to decipher it.
This Hamsa measures approximately just over 1 1/2” in length from the top of the loop to the bottom of the middle finger by 3/4” across from the thumb to the edge of the hand. It weighs 2.3 grams.
“A hamsa is an amulet shaped like a hand, with three extended fingers in the middle and a curved thumb or pinky finger on either side. It is thought to protect against the “evil eye” and is a popular motif in both Jewish and Middle Eastern jewelry.
The name “hamsa” comes from the Hebrew word “hamesh,” which means five. “Hamsa” refers to the fact that there are five fingers on the talisman, though some also believe it represents the five books of the In Islam, the hamsa is called the Hand of Fatima, in honor of one of the daughters of the Prophet Mohammed. Some say that in Islamic tradition the five fingers represent the Five Pillars of Islam.
Many scholars believe that the hamsa predates both Judaism and Islam, though no one is certain of its origin.” Ariela Pelaia