Vintage 14k Gold Figa Charm
This vintage Figa Charm has a captivating history, making it an essential and timeless charm for every collection:
"The gesture of the thumb protruded between the pointer finger and middle finger has a variety of different meanings dating back nearly 8,000 years. But the specific symbolism that gave rise to the charm that we refer to as a Mano Figa originates in Etruscan Italy. In ancient times it was worn as an incantation to The Goddess, a call for fertility, virility and good times (the fig also has close ties to Bacchus). Through time and colonization, the symbol crossed the oceans with Christianity, and beginning in the early 17th century figas began to be produced in South America. Now they are commonly worn throughout Brazil and Peru as a symbol of protection against the evil eye. The obscenity of the gesture is said to distract Satan from his conquest for your soul. Because of the close ties to femininity and motherhood it is traditional in Brazil to tie a tiny black figa to a child’s wrist to ward off bad luck."
Material: 14k yellow gold
Size: 3/4" long x 5/16" wide; 3/16" thick