The Case For Modern Day Amulets
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The Case For Modern Day Amulets

In these troubled times, we need a good luck charm more than ever

Call us superstitious, but in such anxious times the ancient idea of talismen and amulets’ protective power has never been more comforting. The NHS rainbow was the start, a heartfelt statement made optimistic in brightly twinkling gems. There is also a need to affirm close ties through very personal, often bespoke pieces that say far more than words. People have had time to think and reset priorities, reflecting a contemplative mood already in the air before the pandemic. Jewellery has changed, and it means more than ever.

Amulets for a Charmed Life

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Theo Fennell makes the truly personal even more so with rare stones and his London workshop, where clients can see works in progress.

Sapphire and diamond evil eye ring, £12,750.


Before they knew how to cut them, ancient civilisations were aware of diamonds’ strength, and wore them for protection in battle. De Beers used rough diamonds for its first Talisman collection in 2005. What better time than now to wear these beautiful new stacking rings, mixing rough and cut stones?

From £1,025.

Christian Dior was guided by symbols and omens, like the tiled wind rose (signifying travel and chance) at his family home, which set him on the road to Paris. Turned by Victoire de Castellane into a golden symbol backed with protective onyx or mother-of-pearl, now in a romantic Toi et Moi ring.

Rose des Vents ring, £2,650. 

Positive vibes with David Morris’s new Fortuna collection, named after the luckiest zodiac conjunction of sun, moon and star sign. Translucent, tactile discs of blue agate for energy, pink opal for calm, green chrysoprase for joy or mother-of-pearl for healing.

From £1,300.  

Boucheron’s creative director Claire Choisne was already planning her Contemplation high jewellery collection pre-Covid. From small clouds and raindrops to feathers and dandelions, created with astonishing technical expertise.

Caresse de Plume brooch, £POA. 

The 18-carat yellow gold and precious gemstone Lovelock charms from Annoushka are each a talisman for our times A bee for endurance, an evil eye for protection, a guiding star, a pierced heart and a simple polished lock for a special message.

Lovelock charm bracelet, £10,295.

Vintage-inspired and exquisitely made, Geneva-based Margaret Jewels is an word-of-mouth secret. Now its Sentiments pieces – like this Egg locket or gold bangles with a personal, diamond message – can be ordered online.

Egg locket, from £15,000.

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