Hamsa Hand of Fatima Handmade Earrings Turquoise Mykonos Jewelry
Long and flirty, these beautiful handmade FORTUNA earrings feature Mykonos, Greece hamsa charms with an antiqued green patina. Rustic turquoise colored Czech glass beads with a Picasso finish highlight the hand of Fatima charms perfectly. Copper and sterling silver earwires finish the artisan made lovelies. Wear these stylish earrings with your favorite casual clothes on a friend filled get-together or during art gallery hopping. Jewelry for the woman who loves to wear one of a kind creations, they were carefully designed and handmade by Catherine of Shadow Dog Designs. The unique, beaded earrings were named FORTUNA (Spanish for "fortune") since the hamsa symbol has long been used as a protection against evil.
+ Hamsa / hand of Fatima charms: app. 25 mm x 18 mm (at widest)
+ Rustic turquoise Czech glass beads: app 11 mm x 8 mm; faceted around the middle
+ Metal: pewter (charms), copper and sterling silver
+ Earwires: sterling silver French hooks with copper bead accents
+ Length: app. 2.5" / 6.4 cm measured from the top curve of the earwires
The beautiful hand symbol used in the FORTUNA artisan earrings has had many names over the centuries: the hamsa, the hand of Fatima, the eye of Fatima, the hand of Miriam and the chamsa. In its simplest form, the symbol of the hamsa is a decorated hand ("khamsa" being the Arabic word for "five", a number identified with the fight against evil). Later the addition of an "eye" became popular. Many stories are told how the talismanic symbol came about, but all agree that it protects the wearer from evil and brings them goodness, abundance, fertility, luck and good health.
The hamsa charms used in the earrings were made in Mykonos, Greece, from lead free, food grade pewter with a copper covering. To add an antiqued look, a turquoise green patina was applied to bring out the amazing detail of the swirls, spirals and small eye designs decorated all of the charms. The back side of the charms are not decorated but have the patina. The charms are very light and hardly add any weight to the earrings. The design on these charms hearken back to the earliest form of the hamsa before a large eye design started to be included.
In keeping with the gorgeous color of the water that surrounds the Greek island of Mykonos, I decided to suspend the hamsa charms from turquoise colored Czech glass bead bicones. The glass beads have a rustic feel to them because there are tiny pits in the glass (that you can't really see with your eyes, only with a close up lens) and a tan Picasso finish. Because the Czech beads are faceted around the middle they give a bit of sublime sparkle to the FORTUNA earrings. A 2 mm copper bead caps the top and bottom of each bead.
The hamsa charms were wire wrapped to a length of copper wire. The top end was run through the holes of the Czech glass and copper beads and then carefully wire wrapped into a loop. The loop was attached to sterling silver French hook earwires with copper bicone accents.
For a better understanding of the relative size of the FORTUNA earrings, please be sure to check out photo #7 for a size comparison with a dime.
Pewter is believed to be very grounding, bringing the wearer back to reality. Glass carries the energies of transformation, rebirth and communication. Copper is said to allow the wearer to recognize barriers in the path of personal development. Silver is a metal of love and healing; it is a mirror to the soul, helping us to see ourselves as others see us.
The FORTUNA handmade artisan earrings will be carefully packed in an organza jewelry bag, perfect for gift giving to a loved one . . . or to yourself!
***Please be aware that not all monitors exhibit colors exactly the same. The colors of the items used to create my jewelry are extremely close to the actual color on my monitor. The colors may appear lighter or darker on your monitor.
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I guarantee my work - my good name rests on quality workmanship. I want you to be 100% happy with your purchase. If you are not, please email me within 14 days of receiving your jewels to discuss a refund or exchange. If you decide to return the item for whatever reason, it must be returned with delivery confirmation. Once the item is received in its original condition, the full cost of the item will be refunded to you, via your Paypal account or through other means as discussed, minus the cost of shipping. Customer pays return shipping. If your piece is being lengthened, shortened, repaired, or exchanged, I will pay shipping back to you.
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All jewelry is carefully packaged in an organza drawstring pouch, making the purchase perfect for gift giving. If you would prefer a jewelry box, please let me know - I will be glad to use a box at no extra charge. The jewels are then wrapped in bubble wrap and shipped in a padded envelope or a cardboard box, depending on the size.
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Thanks so much ShadowDogDesigns for your support!I'm so glad you like my earrings :)
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Great customer service! I love my earrings, thanks so much!
One of the very nicest people on ArtFire! Thanks so much for shopping with me, I hope you love your jewelry as much as I loved making it.
An excellent artisan with stellar service - great communication, fast shipping, solid packaging. The Rudraksha seed earrings that I selected are absolutely stunning - more beautiful than the photos were able to capture. Their presentation was lovely too! A nice ribbon-wrapped box held a pretty little gift bag, in which were the earrings carefully wrapped in gorgeous tissue. So impressive! All in all, Catherine of ShadowDogDesigns exemplifies the best of handmade artisans, and everything about this purchase is a testament to the superiority of handmade as a buying choice! Thank you, Catherine - these truly are earrings to cherish for a lifetime!
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The earrings arrived today. They are perfect! They look wonderful on me and I am very happy with my purchase. Thanks a million. Garden Gate Designs
Hi Catherine---The necklace and earrings are stunning. I love them so much and I know she will love them too. They are one of those gifts to enjoy for a life time. Thank you for everything. Sue