I try not to get superstitious about too many things; it seems unnecessary to add an extra layer of stress in life by fearing year your world will come apart the moment a mirror crashes to the floor. But I do believe in the power of tailsmans, for they are like little self-fulfilling prophecies one walks around with: you put them on for strength, and in doing so, simply summon the strength you’ve had all along. For years, whenever I was facing something scary, I wore two hearts as a pendant. Each had been given to me by close friends. One was a gold locket, the other, a beautiful pink quartz Kazuko puffed heart. They reminded me always that, no matter how baroquely bad things got, and no matter how strong my impulse toward self-loathing became, there were people who loved me and who I loved back.
Of course I can’t put my finger on it right now. And I could use it at the moment, because somebody I love very much has had a bad turn, and right now we’re all a bit in the dark, waiting to see what the coming weeks and months will reveal. I have felt the desire to reach for something, but I own no other piece of jewelry that has the meaning those hearts did. So I’ve been looking for something new. These are all on the splurgy side, but when life pisses you off, there’s power in blowing a whole hunk of cash, too. This shell-shaped Om charm from Good Fortune is the loveliest Om charm pretty much ever.
The evil eye can mean some pretty heavy stuff—there are cultures where it is believed that one can cast cruel spells with it. But we happy Americans have just decided to make it a symbol of protection and good luck. I love the little diamond moment on this delicate one by Sydney Evan.
Figas originated in Europe, and were most commonly used to increase fertility. In some cultures, it’s said to ward off the effects of the evil eye. I just think it’s badass.