Other icons besides eyes, birds, and fish are also depicted in hamsas, including the Star of David, prayers for the traveler, the blessing over the house, and the colors of red and blue, both of which are said to thwart the Evil Eye.
La khamsa, nom provenant du mot arabe (خمسة) désignant le chiffre cinq, est un symbole utilisé comme amulette, talisman et bijou par les habitants du Moyen-Orient et d'Afrique du Nord pour se protéger contre le mauvais œil. Il est également appelée couramment main de Fatma ou main de Fatima.
Hamsa Jewellery: This symbol is predominantly used in the middle east and is a symbol of protection against the evil eye. It goes by different names in different religions but I like the fact that it's meaningful to multiple cultures. On a more shallow note the middle eastern design looks brilliant on necklaces and bracelets especially mixed with some precious stones. It makes outfits look more individual also because of the varying designs available. Staple jewellery piece. 4/2/13
WINDSWEPT by Linzi Lynn - Limited Edition Giclée on canvas, hand-embellished on hand-painted gold background, by the artist #18 of 50