Who doesn’t remember Madonna writhing around on a stage draped in rosaries during the 1980s? In 2004 it was David Beckham, shirtless (natch) with a delicate rosary hanging from his neck down his chest, on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine.But the trend is bigger and bolder than ever today, with icons steeped in spirituality coming in all forms of familiar (and perhaps not so familiar) symbols dangling from bangles, necklaces, earrings and even belt buckles.A sign that society is becoming more religious? Actually, it might be just the opposite. While there will always be jewelry and tokens worn to literally show one’s faith such as a Star of David for Judaism or a crucifix for Christianity the rise in jewelry carrying evil eye charms, Hamsa hand pendants and Hindu Om symbols caters to people who are expressing their personal spirituality rather than an affiliation with organized religion.”We are in a moment in American religion where the emphasis is on the spiritual, not the religious,” says professor Stephen Prothero from the department of religion at Boston University. He defines the vague term “spiritual” as “not being part of an organized religion, an assertion of self reliance in spiritual things.””I think it’s more about ‘who I am,’ and jewelry is often that,” he says.
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