Hammsa: Protector of sky blue waters Apparently, few people realize that the iconic palm-shaped amulet, popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa, depicting the right hand with 2 thumbs, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many societies throughout history, and believed to provide defense against the evil eye. . . is called a Hamsa. But that's OK! I guess it's my own inside joke, and I'm still giggling!
Turquoise and Bronze Hamsa Necklace
I found these turquoise barrel beads at a bead show recently and fell in love with them. The colors range from green to nearly blue and they have black matrix. Because they are hand cut, the shapes and sizes vary. I've strung them on 49 strand nylon coated steel wire with brass spacers and bead caps, vermeil beads, gold-leafed terra cotta beads from a Tibetan Buddhist prayer mala, and rich brown wooden beads. The pendant is a beautiful bronze hamsa, the hand of protection. Total length…