Vintage Sterling Rock Crystal Figa Fist, "Evil Eye," + Heart Charm Necklace 31.75"
A figa is a talisman symbol worn to protect against the evil eye, and to bring good luck when given as a gift. It's depicted by a clenched fist, with the thumb protruding between the index and middle finger. Known around the world with a variety of meanings, antique figa jewelry became especially common in Italy and Brazil, and vintage figa amulets are now very popular among collectors!
Belief in the evil eye dates back to Classical antiquity and beliefs have always varied across different regions and periods. Today, many cultures and individuals wear, own, or carry talismans to ward off the curse of the evil eye. The symbol was sometimes incorporated into jewelry, allowing the wearer to always be protected.
This wonderful Vintage compilation necklace features a group of "good luck" and romantic charms, including a figa fist, an evil eye, and a romantic heart. Each sterling silver piece dangles beautifully from a gold-filled watch swivel clasp, which also fastens the necklace together. The 3-dimensinoal figa fist is hand carved from a gorgeous clear, rock quartz crystal and is finished with silver accents. The unique evil eye charm adorns an almond shaped glass eyeball, featuring a bright blue pupil and black iris against a while background, adding a wonderful splash of color. The last charm is a heart, the smoothly polished sides are perfect for adding a set of engraved initials if desired. All three charms hang from simple bails at the top, and dangle from the watch clasp (stamped "NONPAREI") at the center of a silver ball chain. Thanks to the generous length, the necklace can be worn long or doubled up for a layered look, and provides endless versatility with the ability to add or remove charms, if desired. A fantastic vintage compilation piece, this stylish charm necklace would be right at home in any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The chain measures approximately 31.75" long. The figa charm hangs about 1 5/8" long (including the bail), measures 3/8" wide, and is 1/4" thick. The evil eye hangs about 5/8" long (including the bail), measures a little less than 1" wide, and is about 3/8" thick. The heart charm measures about 3/4" long (including the bail), 5/8" wide, and is 1/16" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to sterling silver setting. All three charms are intact and free of chips and scratches. The watch swivel clasp is secure and in good working order.