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The Symbols of Religion

Updated: May 3, 2021

A 2016 study by Gallup found that about 8 in 10 adults in the US identify with some sort of religious belief. Meaning over 258 million people held some sort of formal religious belief. Spiritual practices or religious beliefs almost always coexist with wedding ceremonies. From symbols, to prayers, and traditions, all are deeply rooted with religious meanings.

Religious symbols have been used widely across all cultures to show support, identity, and all around love for one's beliefs. Some of the most common symbols used in the western world of jewelry today are the Christian Cross and the Jewish Star of David. There are other symbols of these two religions not widely as popular such as the Rosary, Mezuzah, or the more universally recognized Evil Eye. Some others perhaps have been popularized by people not formally followers of such a religion, but because of what the religion teaches. A few examples would be the Yin and Yang of Taoism and the Buddha of Buddhism. Taoism is widely known for teachings of harmony and Buddhism of obtaining nirvana to ensure rebirth after death. The Hamsa is another universally recognized symbol by many religions as the "Hand of God" is believed to offer protection. In turn it will then bring upon happiness, health, and good fortune to the beholder.

These religious symbols are often heirlooms that are passed down through generations. We’ve had clients bring us Mom’s cross or grandpa’s Star of David. With some care and refinishing these items can be brought back to life; a rebirth if you will (pun intended). It is incredible to see the journey of any family heirloom travel through decades from one person to the next.

There is something about prayer and our belief in a “more than me” universe that grounds us. Some of it may be that the strength we get from religion, comes from the power of others; a strength in numbers if you will. Regardless, there are countless studies that show people are happier, less depressed, even more resilient when faith plays a part in their lives.

What symbols are most important to you? Is religious jewelry something that is special to you? Do you have a religious symbol that you plan on passing down to a loved one? We would love to hear from you and your special story.


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