am·u·let | ˈam-yə-lət
A pendant or charm that is worn for its protective or magical powers
Originated from the late 1600’s, and considered one of the most ancient forms of jewelry, amulets come in two forms. The first is made for the living - for day-to-day protection, ease, and encouragement. The second is made for the dead - for mummified bodies. Nonetheless, both types of amulets are regarded as lucky charms, made up of similar properties, such as metal, stone, clay, glass, and faience. Additionally, both types of amulets are seen as providing security against danger, disease, or evil; or, at least to keep these hazards at bay. Some amulets are hand-carved, while others are created from molds.