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Talismanic Jewels Symbolise Hope, Strength and Positivity
In dark uncertain times, we intuitively seek the light to provide hope and security. When troubled we can bring a sense of calm by simply holding something or someone close. Like the very first talismans dating back to the Stone Age, jewellery can possess the power to charge us emotionally. We wear it on our skin, carry it with us and pass it between generations; by its very nature it can hold a powerful energy.

As an intuitive designer for some 35 years, jeweller Annoushka Ducas MBE has developed an emotive language through her design, often described as talismanic, she uses her own personal interpretations to mirror the world around us.
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“There’s a sense of protection and magic woven into all of my designs, but this seemed like a good time to look at those pieces and materials which carry a particularly relevant sentiment. While we are living through something quite extraordinary, it feels important to not let life pass us by, after all it’s nearly Spring, which brings with it an abundance of hope and new beginnings.”

Annoushka Ducas MBE
Brought to life here in this edit of seven 18 carat gold designs, these touchstones from the natural world are a tactile reminder of nature’s bounty and our inner strength during unprecedented times.
1.
Touch wood
Wood and the associations of touching wood for luck is an instinct shared across cultures and centuries. From the Pagan tradition of knocking on trees for blessings from the spirits, to Christian communities who sought the protection of God through touching wood as a symbol of the Cross.

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2.
Amethyst
The Amethyst is a tranquil stone said to bring strength, courage, and peace to the wearer; promoting healing. The beetle by complimentary contrast is a symbol of stability, progress and persistence often associated with devotion to hard work.

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3.
PEA POD
Heralding the arrival of Spring, the pea pod is symbolic of victory, eternity and hope.

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4.
Prehnite
Prehnite is considered a stone of unconditional love and the crystal to heal the healer; providing a sense of calm for our phobias and fears.

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5.
Eye Motif
The eye motif has been used across cultures for millennia as a way of preventing a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare. The Hamsa hand or Hand Of Fatima is an ancient protective symbol believed by some to provide defence against the evil eye.

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6.
THE BEE
A symbolism of community, the bee is natures reminder that it’s possible to be yourself whilst also doing good for the wider world; it represents brightness and personal power.

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7.
The Horseshoe
The horseshoe, traditionally crafted in iron and deemed a magical metal because it can withstand fire, has long been seen as a symbol of good fortune, believed to keep evil spirits out of ones home.

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