What Does the Hamsa Hand Represent?

close up of a downward facing gold hamsa hand with diamonds

The first Hamsa symbol was seen in ancient Mesopotamia and was worn as an amulet to ward off evil. As societies have grown and changed over time, one constant has been the human desire for positivity and safety from evil. While the Hamsa originated in what is now the Middle East, the image of the Hamsa hand shifted and grew with different cultures. Let’s learn more about what this symbol means and how to wear it. 

The Hamsa Hand a Universal Sign of Protection 

The Hamsa hand is thought to bring fortune and fertility in some cultures, but its most common and universal meaning is protection against the malevolent force of the “evil eye” or bad energy brought about through evil looks. The symbol is thought to bring positivity while also shielding the wearer from negative energy. The Hamsa hand has been used by almost all major faiths and across cultures, but each one ascribes a slightly different meaning to it. 

In Buddhism and Hinduism the five fingers represent the five chakras which align with the five senses to clear the mind and body. In Jewish culture five is considered the number of protection and the Hamsa represents protection from evil and a reminder to pray. Some Christians see it as “the hand of Mother Mary” and others are opposed to wearing it because other religions have used it to represent their ideologies. The two sects of Islamic faith view the Hamsa differently- to the Shi’ite Muslims it represents the five People of the Cloak, and the Sunni Muslims view the fingers as representative of the five pillars of Islam. 

The Hamsa is universally known for uniting the good, dispelling the bad, bringing about positive energy, and thwarting negative energies. Because of the Hamsa’s connection with numerous religions, it can also be seen as a symbol of unity. It’s also thought to be a representation of the unity between male and female energies which come together to bring harmony, balance and enlightenment. 

How to Wear Hamsa Hand Jewelry

The Hamsa is usually a piece of jewelry that the wearer is able to see so they can be reminded of the talisman they’re wearing. Most commonly depicted with an eye, Hamsa hands appear on necklaces so both the wearer and those around them can see it. On a bracelet the Hamsa can dangle as a charm or be part of the chain itself, and Hamsa earrings are common although the wearer can’t see them. Hamsa rings might be the most visible way to wear the symbol, but no matter how it’s worn it’s beautiful and meaningful.

A Hamsa facing downwards symbolizes abundance and prosperity, inviting good things to come into your life. It’s also seen as a blessing for fertility and a means of receiving answered prayers. A Hamsa facing upwards acts as a talisman against evil and malicious intent, and as a shield against negative thoughts and feelings you may have about yourself and others. The fingers are sometimes spread apart symbolizing the warding off of evil.

The Hamsa transcends fashion trends as it spans centuries and cultures protecting wearers from evil and bringing them good luck. If you are considering purchasing a piece of Hamsa jewelry and don’t know where to start get in touch with us, we can help you discover jewelry to match your spirit!