The mysteries of the world have always bewildered man. Nor has he been able to answer all questions, explain every event, even though manís intellect has steadily knocked at the unknown. When Adam became too inquisitive about the way of the world, God gently chided him. In an age that was denied the enlightenment that we possess today, irrationality and superstition added a semblance of order to things.
Charms, amulets and talisman have fulfilled this formidable task of allaying manís questions and giving him some assurance. In fact, talisman means Ďto initiate into the mysteriesí and amulet means Ďan object that protects the wearer from troubleí. Charms, amulets and talismans are those items of jewelry that purportedly give protection from various ills. While they were more common in a previous age, even today many of the traditional charms are popular in many societies.
Charms are pieces of jewelry composed of precious or semi-precious stones bound in metal; or they may be bones, wood, ivory or other such stuff with symbolic protective powers. They have been used as a device to scare away devils, or to attract goodwill and success. Christian charms had a hallowed history during the Black Ages, although their symbolic value has come down during the recent centuries. While rationalists will always bemoan the capitulation to superstition, charms will always charm the believers among us into wearing them. This section is a pointer to online resources where you may find all forms of charms.