This small pendant combines two traditional protective symbols and stones in one piece of ostentatious syncretism.
The medal of St. Benedict is one of the West's oldest and most venerated protective medals. With its origins in the 11th century, it has long been considered a cure-all, effective for things as diverse as warding off malign spirits to ensuring safety in childbirth.
The right-hand of the Hamsa is a popular talisman in both Jewish and Muslim cultures for warding off the evil eye and bringing rain. It may trace its origins to the Carthaginian and Berber goddess Tanit, a local cult of Astarte, Phonetician goddess of the moon.
Citrine is associated with the element of fire the sun, and the sign of Gemini. It is credited with improving psychic awareness and has a long reputation for preventing nightmares and promoting a good night's sleep. Citrine also has a long association with prosperity. Called “the merchant’s stone” it is often placed in cash registers for its reputed ability to attract money.
Amethyst and citrine have long been hailed for their ability to avert evil, nightmares, drunkenness, and a host of other ills. With its origins in the 11th century, the medal of St. Benedict has long been considered a cure-all, effective for things as diverse as warding off malign spirits to ensuring safety in childbirth.