History of Gold Charms
The charms you wear tell a story about who you are - a collection of moments in your life, in bright, strong material form.
How exciting to add charms to your bracelets or necklace to celebrate life’s happy moments, or to remember and keep loved ones by your side.
Wearing your ancestors' charms, often called heirlooms, transmits their energy and presence across time and space.
It’s one of the great things about them, you can build a collection of charms and let them jingle on your wrist, each one has a story that is rich and important to the wearer.
Gold charms in Ancient Egypt: Dating as far back as 3000 BCE, the Egyptians used gold and precious stones to create charms and pendants, primarily worn by the pharaohs and upper class members of their communities. With a strong connection to the afterlife, Egyptians believed gold charms and amulets would prepare and protect them beyond their earthly existence.
Scarab Beetle Talismans had significance as well as popular amulets or seals. In ancient Egyptian religion, the sun god Ra was rolled across the sun each day by the god Khepri who took the form of a Scarab. It was believed that Khepri helped revive and refresh the sun every day only to roll it past the earth into the sunset at dusk.
In Rome: Gold charms appeared with the early Christians in the form of ichthys - small fish charms referencing the miracles performed by Jesus in the bible. As Rome was still strongly a polytheistic community, practicing Christianity was against the law and these early Christians used ichthys charms to signal to other Christians that they held the same beliefs.
Charms for a place and purpose: Ancient cultures throughout the globe have used charms as a means of spiritual connection and signaling kinship to others.
The charms here at Gazza Ladra are handmade to hold the same significance.
Because we care so deeply about the future of our planet’s ecology, the recycle pendant is meant to act as a symbol to signal to others our commitment and compassion for our home, the earth.