Our ancestors looked at the night sky fascinated by the moon and stars and throughout history we’ve assigned symbols to those stars and constellations and created fascinating legends that have endured millennia. Stars have historically given us hope, guiding humanity from above. Let’s learn more about the star and why it’s such a popular and timeless symbol in jewelry.
Where Did the Five Pointed Star Come From?
The pentagram is one of the oldest human markings discovered in the Middle East dating back to 6000 B.C.E. Pentagrams have been found on Babylonian pottery, Egyptian hieroglyphics and on Greek coins. Scholars believe the five points represented either the four corners of the earth and “the vault of heaven,” or the five visible planets of the night sky: Jupiter, Mercury, Mars, Saturn, and Venus to the Sumerians, but it’s difficult to know what stars meant to our ancestors from lack of documentation.
The Pythagoreans saw the pentagram as mathematical perfection later known as the Golden Ratio. During this time the pentagram represented the five points of a human being: two feet, two hands, and one head, and was also used as a symbol of Pythagorean mysticism. The arrival of Christianity brought its own symbolism representing the five wounds of Christ and Roman emperors used it as a seal or amulet and it remained a symbol of protection into medieval times.
In ancient China and Japan the five pointed star symbolized the five elements of life: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood; early Christians used the pentagram as a representation of the Star of Bethlehem which represented harmony, peace and health, and the Hebrews used the pentagram to represent truth and the Torah. From school reports to trip advisor reviews and corporate logos and branding, the pentagram continues to be an important symbol in our world today.
What Does Star Jewelry Represent?
In ancient times, sailors used stars including the north star to get to their destination, so stars are often associated with guidance. Some cultures also believed that fives and sevens brought luck so stars came to mean good luck or something to be wished upon. To this day, we still wish on stars in hopes of achieving our dreams. Wearing a piece of jewelry like a ring or bracelet that is easily seen may help remind us of those dreams.
Thanks to the sun, the brightest star of all, star symbolism also carries the meaning of light and clarity. The star is a symbol steeped in hope and wonder, we may ‘reach for the stars’ or make a wish upon a shooting star. Stars in jewelry symbolize these beautiful themes of guidance, motivation, encouragement and good wishes. Star jewelry makes a wonderful and meaningful gift from a simple ring or studs to beautifully ornate earrings or necklaces.
Stars are also a perfect reminder of our interconnection to the heavens, the earth and each other, especially during this time with many separated from friends and family. If you’re considering a gift or looking for something for yourself, we can help you find the perfect piece. Give us a call at 303-385-8449 or click here to schedule your appointment!