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Religious Jewellery - Why do people wear Jewelry with Religious Symbols or Pictures of Gods and Goddesses?

Updated on June 12, 2017
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Anamika S Jain is a Social Media Consultant and Blogger. She is passionate about topics like Alternative Health Therapies and Hindu Mantras.

5 Popular Reasons for wearing Religious Jewelry

Many people wear jewelry with religious symbols. Some of the most popular symbols worn as Jewellery are Om, Cross, Swastika, Star of David etc. People tend to wear all sort of religious symbols and pictures of yantra, gods and goddesses etc as pendants and rings. Why do people wear jewelry with religious symbols or images of Gods or Goddesses? What prompts people to choose such jewelry for wearing? I am giving below some of the reasons why people opt to wear jewelry with religious symbols.

  1. First and foremost, many people wear religious jewelry to feel closer to God or to reaffirm their faith in a particular religion or sect. While Hindus may wear an Om symbol or Swastika, Christians may wear a Cross.
  2. Secondly, many wear jewelry with religious meaning to show that they are religious or to declare their faith openly to others.
  3. Many people wear religious jewelry because they have received it as a gift during a religious ceremony or celebration and because of the sentimental value.
  4. Some others wear such ornaments because of their ornamental value or because they look pretty and trendy. Diamonds or other Gemstone studded Om pendants and Cross are very much in fashion and are extremely popular.
  5. Many people wear religious symbols as a protective talisman. People tend to believe that wearing such jewelry keeps them safe from dangers and evil spirits.

So what are your reasons of wearing jewelry with religious symbols?

Religious Jewelry - Pendants with symbols like Om, Cross, Star of David, Swastik, Sri Yantra etc and pictures of Lord Ganesh, Goddess Laxmi, Durga, Hanuman, Buddha and Virgin Mary.
Religious Jewelry - Pendants with symbols like Om, Cross, Star of David, Swastik, Sri Yantra etc and pictures of Lord Ganesh, Goddess Laxmi, Durga, Hanuman, Buddha and Virgin Mary.

Hindu Religious Symbols worn as Jewelry

The most popular Hindu Religious Symbols worn as Jewelry are Om and Swastika. Hindus are also normally seen wearing the pictures of Gods and Goddesses as Pendants or Jewelry made with Rudraksha Beads etc. Among these the most popular Gods are Lord Ganesh, Durga, Hanuman and Goddess Lakshmi. Some may also wear popular yantras like the sri yantra as an amulet.

I am not much a fan of wearing religious symbols and pictures as jewelry but I often end up wearing an Om, Laxmi or Ganesh Pendant which I have in my possession. These pendants are special to me and has sentimental value which makes me wear them often as they are gifts from those who matter to me.

I am not someone who likes to hold religion on my sleeves but the sentimental value attached to these jewelry makes me wear them often. What about you? Do you wear Jewelry with religious Symbols or Pictures of Gods or Goddesses? If so, what are your reasons for wearing them?

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    4 years ago

    Hi Anamika. I just wanted to know can men wear a goddess lakshmi pendant?

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    5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    Yes, christians and buddhist wear religious pendant to show their faith

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    6 years ago

    Although I do occasionally wear jewellery with a religious meaning, I'm much more likely to wear it because I really like it, or it matches the clothing I'm wearing. Interesting to see other peoples reasons too.

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    Jean Bakula 

    6 years ago from New Jersey

    I wear a lot of Celtic jewelry because of my Irish heritage and the country's Pagan roots call to me. I also wear a lot of inexpensive gemstones to clear my energies when I do readings and for healing.

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    Rajan Singh Jolly 

    7 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

    Interesting reasons, Anamika. I have a pendant with Ik Onkar which I used to wear earlier just because my mother gave it to me. But I find it irritating to wear a chain hence I removed it.

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    maria sial 

    7 years ago from united kingdom

    well it's a unique topic and i tell you that some people wear religious jewelry because they don't want to missed any excuse of wear more and more gold voted up and interesting

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    Marco Piazzalunga 

    7 years ago from Presezzo, Italy

    I heard from several people in the U.S., the religious jewelry is not always appreciated. There are some states in which it is very strong such as Louisiana, but others where this is not even considered, such as Florida.

    It would be interesting to hear from someone who lives in the USA, what are the areas in America where this type of jewelry is the most popular.

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    Thomas Silvia 

    7 years ago from Massachusetts

    Thanks for all this great and interesting information !

    Vote up and more !

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    8 years ago

    I used, at one point in my life, to practically jangle as I walked as a consequence of all the religious 'bling' that I had adorned my body with! Some years ago now, I disposed with all of it and just go as nature made me 9with the addition of clothes, of course!)

    I understand that in some religious the wearing of certain items of jewellery is a sacred obligation, too: such as the bangles that a Sikh must wear, or the little symbolic sword. Then of course, there is all the paraphernalia of priesthood and ritual garb.

    I used to live in a part of town that was mostly Hindu and it was wonderful to see the women and men dressed in their beautiful saris and bedazzling jewellery at the many colorful festivals.

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    8 years ago from North Carolina

    It is a great lesson in some religious jewelry and symbols. Very interesting! Pinning!

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    Anamika S Jain 

    8 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    Thanks for dropping in Ruchira and RealHousewife. I appreciate the vote up.

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    Kelly Umphenour 

    8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    I love jewelry with religious symbols! Very cool hub idea!

    I have many things with the Greek evil eye....a key chain and necklaces and I think it's good luck for me:). I also have an Anch that I wear a lot - the Egyptian symbol for eternal life - and I'd like that:)

    Up and everything!

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    8 years ago from United States

    I don't wear jewelry around my neck but, I heard from many that having a symbol around them helps them in times of despair and anxiety. It kinda guides them. So, I agree with your 5 reasons.

    voted up as useful and interesting


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