In popular use for over fifteen hundred years, the Chamsa, from the Semitic root meaning five, is a representation of the protective hand of God. Hand amulets are common in many cultures as talismans to ward off the evil eye and, appropriately, many Chamsas have a single eye embedded in the center of the palm to depict god’s watchful presence. Jews were among the first to use the amulet for protection, and today it is commonly worn as a good luck charm.
This Chamsa is set with a chard of Ancient Roman Glass that was unearthed in archeological digs in Israel. The iridescent colors have evolved gradually over the centuries as part of the glass’s chemical reaction to the sun, the water and the earth in which it was buried. This Chamsa is decorated with fine scrollwork typical to Yemenite silverwork.
~ The Chamsa pendant is 3/4”wide and 3/4” long (not including the bale). The silver chain is 19” long.
~ Caring for your ancient glass jewelry: the glass shards used in this piece are found on archeological digs in Israel and are at least 1900 years old. DO NOT GET THE GLASS WET. Those beautiful flakes of color are vulnerable to contact with water. Please polish with a cloth and limit exposure to moisture and strong chemicals.
~ Each piece comes with a story card.