The hamsa hand, also spelled hamesh, khamsa,
and chamsa, is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet that protects against the
"evil eye." The hamsa hand is a symbol used in both the Islamic
and Jewish cultures. In all faiths, it is a protective sign and brings its
owner happiness, luck, health, and good fortune.
Five (hamesh in Hebrew) represents the five books of the Torah
for Jews, the Five Pillars of Islam for Sunnis, and the Five People of the
Cloak for Shi'ites.
In the Jewish religion, the Jewish hamsa hand also symbolizes
the Hand of God. Many Jews believe the hamsa pendant symbolizes the Hand of
Miriam, the sister of Moses and Aaron. In the Islamic faith, the hamsa hand
symbolizes The Hand of Fatima, daughter of the Prophet Mohammed. Although
the hamsa hand has been symbolic in Islam and Judaism for centuries, archeological
digs provide evidence that the hamsa pre-dates these religions and originated
with the Phoenicians.
Jewish Gift Place has a large hamsa
necklace collection which includes the works of Michal
Golan, Davida Newman of Davida
Designs Jewelry, Emily
Rosenfeld, and Esther
Michal Golan's hamsa pendant collection includes
and wall hamsas
made out of semi-precious stones. Each piece in her hamsa hand collection
is a work of art with pearls and semi-precious stones adorning the hamsa with
designs that are strikingly beautiful.
Rosenfeld has designed a simple and elegant hamsa
pendant bracelet in sterling silver which makes a perfect Bat Mitzvah
gift, Hanukkah gift, or birthday gift.
Davida Newman of Dalet
Design Jewelry designed the most incredible sterling silver etched
Shahaf has small and sweet hamsa pendants in her collection which
feature brightly colored, bead covered hamsas.
We hope you enjoy browsing through the various hamsa hand styles
in our collection.