Sterling Silver Necklace pendant filigree hamsa on brown leather chain
Sterling Silver Necklace pendant filigree hamsa on Italian brown leather chain
Coral stone about 2 cm x 1.2 cm
Necklace length 45 cm or 50 cm
Elegant Silver Yemenite Filigree Israeli pendant hamsa
Filigree (formerly written filigrann or filigrene) is a delicate kind of jewellery metalwork made with twisted threads usually of gold and silver or stitching of the same curving motifs. It often suggests lace, and in recent centuries remains popular in Indian and other Asian metalwork, and French from 1660 to the late 19th century. It should not be confused with ajoure jewellery work; while both have many open areas, filigree involves threads being soldered together to form an object and ajoure involves holes being punched, drilled, or cut through an existing piece of metal.
The hamsa is a Middle Eastern symbol dating back to prehistoric times designed to give protection from the evil eye, bad luck that results from the attention or jealousy of others. It is also known as the Hand of Fatima ot the hand.
Today it is used both by Jewish and Muslim culture. The hamsa consists of a hand, usually pointing fingers down with an eye in the middle.