Jewelry Trend: Secret Messages

Vintage Jewelry - Secret MessagesWishing you could show your love in a unique and thoughtful way? What about spelling out your love, in gemstones?

What is acrostic jewelry? Spell out your love, in gemstones. Acrostic jewelry dates back to the Victorian era, when Marie Antoinette’s favorite designer, Jean-Baptist’s Mellerio began making these rings with gems that spelled “J’adore” (love in French) for his loved ones. These pieces spell out hidden messages using the first letter of each gemstone. One of most popular words was, “dearest”— Diamond, Emerald, Amethyst, Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire and Tourmaline. These rings are unique and special and remind me of what love was like, in an era before emojis and a quick, “I love you” text. Acrostic jewelry is quickly gaining its popularity again, I love being transported back to a time of true romanticism. We recently scored this true beauty - Found Collection No. 162 9K Gold DEAREST Acrostic Ring.

The mano cornuto is an Italian amulet of ancient origin. Mano means "hand" and corno means "horn."

We've also been seeing (and loving) the resurgence of tiny charms and amulets!

The mano cornuto is an Italian amulet of ancient origin. Mano means "hand" and corno means "horn." The charm represents a hand gesture in which the index and little fingers are extended while the middle and ring fingers are curled into the palm. The reference is to the horned head of an animal.

Whether made as an apotropaic gesture or worn as an amulet, the mano cornuto is used for magical protection against the evil eye. In this it resembles other hand gestures and hand images that ward off evil, including the hamsa hand, the eye-in-hand, the mano fico (fig hand), and the interlocked thumb gesture. A regionally popular amulet, it is primarily found in Italy and in America among descendents of Italian immigrants. Check out our very own Mano Fico and Mano Cornuto amulets!

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