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Fish Jewelry: Where Faith Meets Fashion by Andrew Stratton

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Fish Jewelry: Where Faith Meets Fashion

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While it may seem like a contemporary icon, the fish in Christianity came about in the first century A.D. and it is still popular today. No one knows the true reason of why this became so symbolic, but a couple of possibilities are found in the Bible. Jesus fed the hungry with one fish and he also called his disciples "fishers of men."

It really became a matter of life and death to Christians about 54 A.D. when they were beginning to be persecuted for their beliefs. This sea creature was a discreet symbol that fellow Christians would use to identify each other. While they likely didn't wear any symbolic jewelry, they would draw the shape in the dirt as a sign that it was ok to speak freely.

It is also called ichthys jewelry which simply means "fish" in Greek. The Greek letters that spell ichthys are also an acronym for the phrase "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior." While the fish began as a symbol of Christian people, it eventually came to signify Jesus himself.

* From Past To Present

Today, Christians proudly display this symbol on their cars, in their homes and with their jewelry. The symbol itself has come to signify Jesus and his name is frequently found inside the fish symbol. Other variations include the Greek letters IXOYE in the center as well as symbols of the cross. Other words like hope, love and faith can also be found in the center of this religious symbol.

* Different Types Of Jewelry

The Piscean character can be found on pretty much any type of jewelry. Dangling earrings, bangles and bracelets or even ones where the symbol makes up each link are just some of the ways to make it fun and fashionable to wear. They also come in pendants, rings, pins and other jewelry items. A popular combination is the fish and cross ring or pendant.

This symbolic jewelry comes in gold and silver to match any wardrobe. Because of the simplistic design, these pieces are rarely embellished with gemstones like many cross pendants are. The character seems to have a more casual contemporary look about it. It has very clean thin lines that, if embellished, might affect the shape's appearance.

* Giving Piscean Jewelry As A Gift

Though it is an ancient icon, its popularity is quite contemporary and fashionable. This makes a ring with a water creature character or any other piece a great gift for the Christian teen-ager. While they may take their religion seriously, they also want to be casual and stylish. Crosses can be all of those things, but for a simpler look, the fish is perfect. A pendant, ring, or bracelet would make a great gift for a boy or a girl about to be confirmed or baptized.

The reasons people wear religious pictograms like the fish vary, but it usually comes down to faith. Some wear it to make a fashion statement, but most wear it to openly proclaim their faith unlike their predecessors who had to hide it for fear of persecution. People even ride around with it on their car bumpers!

Religious jewelry is now available in a variety of precious metals and gemstones, making it an object of leisure, as well as faith. For the right style and type, visit

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