The galleries of The Met offered endless ideas for our latest line of collectible jewelry. Designed to be mixed, matched, and stacked, our charms look to mystical sources from across continents and cultures. Available as bracelets, necklaces, and earrings they provide plenty of style inspiration—and perhaps a little protection, too.
Snakes aren’t all bad. When Egypt was ruled by the Hellenistic Greeks, the serpent’s sinuous form evoked Asclepius, the helpful god of medicine and healing.
Christians have adorned themselves with this symbol of faith and protection for millennia. The cross had become an emblem for Byzantine jewelry as early as the 5th century.
To ancient Egyptians, the ba was the part of the human spirit that lived on after death. The ba-bird could visit the world of the living—and also help in the passage from this world to the next.
People went crazy for cats well before the Internet era. The ancient Egyptians were the first to domesticate cats—and revered them as symbols of the benevolent goddess Bastet.
This is one powerful bug indeed. The ancient Egyptians believed the scarab helped push the sun across the sky every day—and represented the mighty beetle on protective amulets.
This hieroglyph was originally associated with the divine life force granted to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt—and has remained a mystical symbol of power ever since.
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