Hammer of the Æsirs - Pendant
Thor's hammer belonged to the mighty Viking gods Æsirs and bestows protection.
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Hammer of the Æsirs
Being famous for the beauty of their craftsmanship and the skill of their magic the old Vikings created many potent charms. Hence, this powerful amulet holds the key to our Nordic heir and is a vivid connection to the mysteries of our ancestors.
This amulet is said to grant protection, especially when on a journey. The Viking god Thor, who is one of the Æsirs, often fought against the evil giants. His hammer was then used among other things to arouse his two supernatural he-goats, Tanngnjóstr and Tanngrisnir, that were pulling his chariot across the sky.
This pendant is made of polished pewter. Pewter is a shiny, soft metal which is very malleable and has a good tarnish resistance - this piece of jewelry has been enhanced by polishing the pewter to give it an extra shine and glossiness. Artists and craftsmen used pewter quite early (dinnerware, sculptures, household articles, pewter figures, jewelry) and hence pewter jewelry has a long tradition.
This jewelry is also available in copper, silver and gold
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Hammer of the Æsirs
This jewelry belongs to the jewelry line up "Legacy of Magic".
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This jewelry belongs to the jewelry line up "Legacy of Magic" - this line up can also be downloaded as a printable catalogue so that you can order by fax or mail:
A main focus of our jewelry collections are magic symbols which are made according to historical artwork. Although a lot of people (like us) appreciate the beauty of the different designs and used materials, only few think about the deeper symbolism of these pieces of jewelry. In our modern world we see so a many different beautiful and decorative items that we usually only enjoy their beauty without considering the deeper meaning or the origin of the used motives and without knowing for what reason these items were formerly used. In our online shop we want to give answers to these questions by offering accurate background knowledge and additional information about every piece of jewelry in our collection.
Since the beginning of mankind jewelry served several different purposes. Already before the invention of money it was for example used as a kind of currency, as a status symbol or as a valuable asset that even could be passed on to future generations. Many pieces of jewelry also had a functional purpose like it is the case with fastenings for clothes, safety pins and belt buckles. However, at a more spiritual level the jewelry also had a symbolic meaning, showed the affiliation to and the status in a social group, and was worn for the protection from evil or simply to show one's own taste.
On account of these many different purposes the meaning of single pieces of jewelry can be very different and depends on the belief and the point of view of the respective manufacturer. In some cultures, e.g., bracelets were used as wedding jewelry, like the wedding rings of today, in other societies necklaces served the same purpose. The symbolic meaning of a piece of jewelry often cannot only be found in the piece itself, but also in its decorations or the used materials. In some cultures it is usual to give pieces of jewelry as a gift at certain important times in life which should emphasize the symbolic meaning of these events with the help of their decorations. These pieces were then often worn as amulets or talismans and were believed to protect and support its wearer during this new situation in life.
Besides the various symbols and designs different cultures use for their pieces of jewelry also a variety of materials are deployed in jewelry production. At the beginning of mankind primarily pearls made of wood and bones and shells were crafted to pendants, since these rather soft materials could easily be processed and were readily available. Later on especially precious metals like gold and silver and various gems were used for valuable jewelry. Today the selection of materials available for the production of jewelry is especially large and various.
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We feel committed to the historical development of jewelry and are especially interested in the meaning of old symbols and pieces of jewelry - therefore we try to constantly extend our range of jewelry with pieces that are unique in their beauty and meaning. Naturally we select fascinating designs from all cultures and epochs, so that everybody can find the piece of jewelry that appeals to him.