Holy cats there's a long history of religious symbolism in jewelry.....let's look at a few examples...
I've never been a catholic so I had to call on the intellectual powers of our friends at wikkipedia for the following information on the Pope's ring.
The Pope's ring is called a fisherman's ring because it shows an image of St. Peter casting a net into the sea. It is made of gold (no surprise there) and is engraved with the Pope's official name and is used as a seal for official papal documents. When a Pope dies the cardinals destroy the ring with a hammer as a symbolic end to his authority.
|Visitors to the Vatican often kiss the Pope's fisherman's ring.|
|An incredibly intricate piece of Islamic jewelry symbolising the garden of eden which is a popular motif in Islamic jewelry.|
|When I was in high school in the 70's the ankh was very popular as a necklace...usually worn on a leather cord.|
|The Star of David along with the Christian cross are the most recognized religious symbols in the world and both have always been popular jewelry motifs.|
|Celtic Knot earrings. Lovely.|
|Madonna with a diamond cross.|
|Whoa. Brittany Spears with wooden cross and what appears to be rosary beads in a bikini. Oyvay.|
|Charlize Theron in the ever popular Kabbalah bracelet... said to ward off the evil eye.|
|Clearly Kabbalah bracelets bring joy and happiness.|
|Enrique Inglesias wearing rosary beads while preforming.|
|Can you spot the Kabbalah bracelet?|
|A grouping of religious charms on a D&G pocketbook.|
|I'm not sure about the symbolism here, but this I love.|
|Does this count if I call it "skin jewelry"? Do you/would you have a tattoo of a religious symbol?|
Have a beautiful day.