By Katrina Froelich
10 •28 • 2018
The very beginnings of recorded history reveal a long tradition of kings, queens, popes, sultans, and ordinary people using seemingly magical artifacts to improve their lives. Whether they’re being used to ward off danger or increase one’s prosperity, talismans have been around for a long time.
Talismans are objects, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that are said to have magic powers. They have told stories about the people who wear them for centuries. From Ancient Egypt to today, people have worn talismans as good luck charms, to get in tune with their emotions, find their center, and more. In honor of Halloween, we sat down with Lauren Hunt the Valuation Manager at The RealReal to help you find your perfect talisman.
“I think it’s important to invest in items that always have meaning behind them, whether it’s a meaning that’s been imparted for centuries or if it’s meaning you draw from a particular symbol,” Hunt said. “When a piece of talismanic jewelry reminds me of a place, person or phase in my life, it’s more than just a piece of jewelry — it serves represents my past and helps me stay present.”
People wear talismans to project what they want for the future, and talismans often make amazing gifts as well.
“My biggest takeaway when giving jewelry is don't be afraid to assign meaning to it,” Hunt said. “If you would appreciate the piece as a gift, and you think it truly reflects what the person is going through or needs (and matches their aesthetic), you cannot go wrong. The cliché ‘it’s the thought that counts’ holds true, as meaning behind a gift elevates it to a cherished keepsake.”
Different Talismans represent different things - here’s a quick cheat sheet of the most common talismans throughout the centuries
Scarab motifs were all over Ancient Egypt. The scarab represents the cycle of lige, resilience and luck.
This talisman represents the “open hand” and is used for protection, fertility and balancing your chakras
Evil Eye -
Used all over the world, the evil eye comes in many different forms but is used for protection from evil
Said to bring luck to anyone who wears it, the clover also represents renewal and growth.
The coin represents luck, abundance and security. The old rhyme actually goes, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in her shoe.”
Star and moon symbols have the broadest range of meaning but often times the stars and the moon can give us direction in life.
The wishbone represents luck, prosperity and fertility - the phrase “lucky break” actually comes from the age-old tradition of breaking a wishbone in half.
“Talismans are a way to identify the themes that recur in not only your life, but in others,” Hunt said. “Whether you create meaning behind your own symbol or identify with a traditional one, they help us realize what’s important in life, connect with one another and stay positive during hard times. There are so many negative things floating around in this world, why not find and harness the beauty in it?”
Whether or not you are superstitious, it’s human nature to look for symbols and to find comfort in the things we know. “For me, I find it comforting to wear and see familiar things — a butterfly, a horseshoe, a cardinal, for example — that are linked to memories and people I cherish.”
All photos courtesy of The RealReal.
Katrina Froelich is the Fashion Editor at Tough to Tame. She’s worked in the fashion industry for over four years, gaining experience in PR and Editorial work at companies such as GUESS and Forme. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org