Symbolism in jewellery has become very popular through recent years. Symbols were worn for many reasons, from protection through to a sign of a person’s faith. Wearing something which we can identify with can become part of our identity and even reinforce it. We will be looking at the symbol of the sword and the meanings behind it. Does the symbol of the sword resonate something inside of you?
The symbol of the sword comes up in many traditions and faiths which have been hand down throughout time. The words associated with this symbol are that of:
This symbol is heavily associated with Tarot cards, dream interpretation, the Vikings and even Buddhism to name a few. The sword symbol in Buddhism deals with discrimination of thought, it is said to cut through ignorance to reach the truth. In the Middle Ages, when making a sword it was important to get the wholeness and balance right in order to make it worthy for battle. To do this it was said that all elements were required these were; earth, fire, air and water. From this we can start to see how the meaning of the sword has transcended throughout time.
The alchemical symbol for the sword represents purification through the process of life and death. In Celtic tradition it was common for swords to be given as offerings by releasing them into the depths of the sea. Again in the Middle Ages it was common practice for the loved departed to be laid to rest with a sword for their journey to the afterlife; a symbol of transcending from life to death with protection and strength.
The sword certainly has a vast depth behind its meaning and I think it’s safe to say that it depends on the person’s belief, values and era to what it means to them.
Louise Snowdon – Website Content Contributor / Sales Professional
Louise joined AC Silver with a passion for the world of antiquities and jewellery. Louise also assists the marketing team by representing the business on many social media outlets.