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Beautiful Vintage Hamsa Jewelry Designs

Beautiful Vintage Hamsa Jewelry Designs

Hamsa jewelry is a big part of Moroccan history and Moroccan culture. In fact, the Hamsa was, and is still, widely and generously incorporated in jewelry, decor, and fashion.

Moroccan woman wearing a silver Hamsa necklace (Vintage)

The popularity of the Hamsa in Moroccan culture is similar to its popularity in the Jewish culture, which is not a coincidence. In fact, Morocco was home to Jews till a few decades ago, in the 1960s, when hundreds of thousands of Moroccan jewish families decided to migrate to Israel.

Moroccan Jews and Moroccan Muslims have an entwined history in Morocco where they used to live and share the same lifestyle, same language, and the same craftsmanship, preserving their savoire-faire for generations. Now, Moroccan artisanal work is showcased by Muslims and Jewish artisans all around the world, and the hamsa is one example of this shared heritage.

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Moroccan Jewish woman wearing a silver Hamsa necklace in south Morocco, 1955
Moroccan Hamsa exposed in the Israel Museum Jerusalem / picture by Oleg Kalashnikov

What Does the Hamsa Symbol Mean?

The Hamsa is a protective talisman widely used in North Africa and the Middle East to protect from misfortunes and the evil eye. In Morocco, the Hamsa is used in jewelry, decor pieces, and as patterns for fashion items. Most Moroccan women have at least one Hamsa jewelry piece, if not many

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Hamsa Jewelry Inspiration

Besides, Hamsa necklaces, bracelets, and pendants are now very trendy as many celebrities started wearing them. Their mystical background and engravings make them an interesting piece of jewelry to have.

Hamsa Jewelry from Morocco

I often buy Hamsa jewelry as it makes a symbolic and inspiring gift. I shop from Morocco whenever I go, but also online as I identified throughout the years a few artisans who make amazing pieces.

As a jewelry designer myself, my favorite Hamsa designs are the ones that are inspired by traditional Moroccan jewelry. They remind me of my grandmother’s beautiful jewelry pieces, mixing engravings, bold colors, and precious materials.

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Red Jade and Silver Hamsa Necklace, available here

Hamsa Jewelry from Israel

As I explained earlier, many jews are of Moroccan origins, explaining why Hamsa jewelry is part of the Jewish heritage. Like in Morocco, when you walk through the markets of Israel, you are surprised by the abundance of displayed hamsas symbols, in jewelry, but also in clothing and decor of all kinds.

In Israel, the Hamsa, also called Khamsa, is widespread in popular culture. In 2018, the Jerusalem museum of Islamic art held an exhibition named Khamsa, Khamsa, Khamsa, entirely devoted to the Hamsa symbol and showcasing 555 different Hamsas.

Hamsa Jewelry Used Materials

The most important thing to check is the material the Hamsa jewelry is made of. While Hamsa jewelry pieces made with alloy will, in general, be the most affordable, there are, however, other compositions offering a good quality-price compromise.

In fact, with 925 silver sterling jewelry, the price of your jewelry piece will still be reasonable (around 30$) and you will be guaranteed that your Hamsa jewelry will be very durable.

925 Silver sterling is a long-lasting material that doesn’t rust, so it is a very good long term investment. It can even be passed through generations. My mother has some Moroccan silver bracelets that belonged to her grandmother. How sweet is that? Just make sure you are dealing with real sterling silver, and not a mix. This silver Hamsa necklace and these silver Hamsa earrings are one of my favorites. Both delicate with a beautiful engraving and a price tag that is similar to what you would get in Morocco.

If you have a little higher budget (between 30$ and 100$), you can look for gold plated hamsa jewelry pieces. Personally, I prefer the ones made with sterling silver and plated with gold. That way, the piece of jewelry will have a better value. This beautiful gold plated Hamsa necklace would be a great pick.

If you are looking for a fancy jewelry piece for yourself or to gift, gold Hamsa jewelry will probably be a good choice. You can even find jewelry pieces with diamonds and other precious stones. Prices can get really high, the sky is the limit as we say. This beautifully engraved gold Hamsa necklace is a really good entry product.

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Love the information

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April 16, 2019

I will be visiting Morocco in July with my mother who was raised there and married a United States Marine, my father will be coming also. I wear a Hamsa everyday and I have multiple pendants. I enjoy reading you blog and appreciate what you have said. I am looking forward to the Medina’s and the food as well as the culture and visiting the Jewish areas where my mom would go.

Francoise

Response from Moroccanzest

Thank you françoise, I am so happy my article spoke to you. And I feel you, our origins and roots are always part of our identity. Wish you and your parents the best time on your trip to Morocco. -xxx

my culture

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March 29, 2019

Being a jew, I grew up with hamsa jewelry. My mother gifted me a hamsa necklace when I was 4 years old … it was my first piece of jewelry and I still have it! I keep it in my valuables box and I will try to pass it on to my daughter.

sheryl

Beautiful hamsa designs

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March 1, 2021

Thank you for sharing these designs so gorgeous

Lola

Memories

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July 3, 2019

My first hamsa was gifted by my grandfather, who used to live in Morocco. He told me stories about this country and I hope I can visit one day!

Sheryl

great post

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April 24, 2019

Now I know I need to take care of my silver hamsa necklace, who knows, I might give it to my future daughter

katarina

stunning pieces

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April 23, 2019

I wanted a hamsa necklace for my friend birthday, so thank you for the recommendation. the gold plated hamsa necklace is perfection

jenna

Response from Moroccanzest

So happy about that! Hope your friend loves it! -xx

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Rated 5 out of 5
April 3, 2019

My friend who is of Moroccan origins gifted me a hamsa necklace, which I loved. I came here to learn more about the hamsa symbol. Thanks so much for the valuable info

Jessica

out of stock

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April 1, 2019

the silver necklace your recommended is out of stock, but I am keeping an eye on it! It is so beautiful! thank your for the amazing tips

jade

Thank you

Rated 5 out of 5
March 31, 2019

I was looking for a beautiful and affordable hamsa necklace and I love the one you recommended! Thank you!

Johana

beautiful

Rated 5 out of 5
March 29, 2019

I carry a hamsa bracelet all the time. I am not superstitious but I have a special attachment to it. My father is of Moroccan origins and this reminds me of my heritage. Thank you for your amazing article and for the amazing pictures!

maya

Safaa, founder of moroccanzest

From design and decor to food and travel, moroccanzest is the space where I share what I loved growing up in Morocco, and more. It’s your destination for everything beautiful, artistic, and made the Moroccan way with love. Learn more about me here.