Buddha charms, mandalas, lotus flowers and other symbols of mindfulness can soothe your soul and spark inspiration.
At Indy Facets, we are constantly intrigued by what people want from their jewelry. There’s no question our customers value their jewelry pieces as:
- Expressions of personal taste
- Time-tested favorites that offer classic wear-ability
- One-of-a-kind creations that represent individualism
- Energy magnets from rainbow gems and precious metals, very on-trend right now
- Symbols of personal style with allure and deeper meaning
This gets us thinking about the meaning behind the symbols we see in jewelry – things like Buddha charms, mandalas, peace signs, infinity symbols – even the use of certain gemstones known for their mystical powers. Why do these resonate so deeply with so many people?
Mandalas, Meaning and Mindfulness
Symbols are a part of jewelry design almost since the beginning of personal adornment itself. The earliest jewelry pieces are discovered 25,000 years ago (!). The symbols designed into the creations relate to bravery in hunting: animal shapes, teeth and claws. Soon, ancient jewelry brings to life symbols related to other concepts with meaning like fertility, wealth and love.
The mandala shape, for example, is thousands of years old and comes from the ancient Sanskrit word meaning “circle.” It represents both intricate beauty and the passage of time. Monks create detailed mandalas on the ground from colored sand, then allow the wind and rain to wash them away. The practice personifies balance with nature.
Buddhist symbols show reverence and thoughtfulness. About 2,500 years ago at the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, known as the founder of Buddhism, prophets channel numerous symbols that are later immortalized in jewelry: the eight-pointed Dharma wheel, a layered triangle shape called the Sri Yantra, the head of the Buddha and leaf shapes that represent spiritual awakening.
The result of all these years of symbols and meaning in personal jewelry design is mindfulness in the human heart.
Research shows that symbols have a powerful effect on our mental state, helping us address psychological challenges, stay connected with our world and feel inspired. In fact, symbolism is the reason company logos are invented. They help people connect with a business -and what it stands for- on a deeper level.
With jewelry, many symbols relating to mindfulness can be incorporated to fit your personal style, whether it be an engagement ring, wedding band, necklace, earrings or broach. Which symbols do you prefer?
- Hearts – symbolize love, relationships, survival, vitality
- Infinity symbol – connotes a connection with time and the universe
- Mandala – shows passage of time, balance, wisdom
- Buddha charms and symbols – have Buddhist spiritual significance
- Peace sign or yin yang – reflects calm, wisdom, serenity, balance
- Leaf or lotus flower – symbolizes spirituality, awakening, connection to nature
- Teardrop – keeps the memory of a deceased loved one alive
- Moon and stars – can mean spirituality, luck, magic, feminine strength
- Eye shape or owl – means wisdom, watchfulness, mindfulness
Today, hundreds of symbols are incorporated into jewelry all the time. With the popularity of custom designed jewelry, personal symbolism is easy and inspiring to create (also very on-trend right now).
Indy Facets – Everyone’s Private Jeweler
Indy Facets seamlessly blends the expertise and full service of a traditional jewelry store with the value and convenience of a personal jeweler experience. We give you the face-to-face interaction with an expert that you deserve, in a private setting where you can relax and feel comfortable. Owner/Designer Shaun Goodyear and his team have earned an excellent reputation as everyone’s private jeweler for engagement rings, custom design, investment grade diamonds, luxury Swiss timepieces, estate jewelry, jewelry repair and the highest level of customer service, available to you from an onsite, state-of-the-art Custom Design Studio and Gemological Laboratory by private appointment only. You are guaranteed a unique, fun and exciting experience without the hype, pressure, judgment or uncertainty associated with other jewelry shopping options. We schedule appointments at your convenience and are usually available evenings and weekends, too. Call 317-810-1665 for your private appointment or schedule online, IndyFacets.com/schedule/.