Everyone can use a little luck and this beautiful Celtic horseshoe really fits the bill. A solid sterling silver horseshoe with a lovely antiqued Celtic knot work design on the front. The pendant hangs at a whimsical angle and will delight one and all.
Solid sterling silver on a high quality 20" chain.
The horseshoe is probably one of the most well-known good luck symbols of the Western world. The horseshoe has a long history of being a protective symbol. The symbol is quite common in Egyptian iconography. It is also known in Islamic art. The horseshoe is a very auspicious symbol, a charm used to protect against any form of evil and bring good luck.
Saint Dunstan and the Devil
Many believe the origin of the lucky horseshoe can be traced back to an old legend about Saint Dunstan.
Saint Dunstan (924-988) is the patron saint of blacksmiths, goldsmiths, jewelers, locksmiths, musicians and the blind. He was a reformer, statesman, abbot, and archbishop of the tenth century in England. The feast day of Saint Dunstan is May 19th.
There are several very old legends about Saint Dunstan and the Devil. Most stories tell the tale of how Saint Dunstan constantly was tempted to do wrong by the Devil disguised as a beautiful woman.
Saint Dunstan was a brilliant blacksmith. One story refers to his exceptional talent as a blacksmith. The Devil was hard at work trying to win Saint Dunstan over. On one occasion the Devil corned Saint Dunstan and made him promise to nail a horseshoe on the Devil’s horse. Saint Dunstan pretended to agree on taking on this task. The devil stood close by to make sure Saint Dunstan was true to his word. Saint Dunstan then suddenly grabbed hold of the Devil’s foot and with strong determination nailed the horseshoe on the foot of the Devil instead of his horse.
The devil screamed as the pain was horrific. The Devil in extreme agony begged Saint Dunstan to remove the horseshoe. Saint Dunstan agreed to remove the horseshoe from the Devil’s foot under one condition; the devil was to swear never to enter any house that had a horseshoe hanging by the door. The Devil agreed instantly.
That is why the horseshoe forever more will keep evil out of the home, according to this old legend. No matter what the reasons may be there is no doubt that the horseshoe remains an everlasting symbol of good luck.
Do you have your own good luck horseshoe?
This item comes with a sterling silver chain as described. However, if you require a longer or shorter chain size or desire a different chain style, please contact me. Chain sizes are 16", 18", 20", 22" and 24" - all solid sterling silver. Any pendant can also be put onto a 30" black leather cord that can be worn long or doubled up as a choker.
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