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UK DAILY MAIL: How stars like Jen have embraced Middle Eastern necklace

The lucky charm that the A-listers can't do without

  • £270 hamsa necklace worn by Heidi Klum, Madonna and Rhianna
  • Gwyneth Paltrow advertises pendant on her lifestyle website
  • Hand-shaped amulet is believed to banish evil spirits

As if they are not blessed with enough good fortune, some of the world’s biggest stars have decided they need a Middle Eastern charm to bring them luck. Actresses, singers and socialites have begun wearing bracelets and necklaces adorned with the ‘hamsa’ symbol, which is said to ward off bad spirits.

Silhouette: Jennifer Aniston stepped out wearing an outline of the symbol on a delicate gold chain

Protecting herself: Heidi Klum, 40, wears the coveted necklace. It is thought to fend off the bad luck caused by the 'evil eye'

Spiritual: Madonna made a statement with her oversized version of the pendant on a thick gold chain

Never ones to ignore a passing fad, Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna and Naomi Campbell were among the first celebrities to adopt the craze, and actress Jennifer Aniston is the latest. The 44-year-old Friends star was seen wearing a hamsa necklace – which is believed to protect wearers from  the ‘evil eye’ – as she attended a party in New York.

Many cultures believe the evil eye is a look that can cause injury or bad luck for the person at whom it is directed. 

Trend: The Middle Eastern symbol has become a favourite among the world's most fortunate

Trend: The Middle Eastern symbol has become a favourite among the world's most fortunate

Other celebrity fans of the symbol include Made in Chelsea star Millie Mackintosh, who is planning her wedding to rapper Professor Green, and singers Rihanna and Britney Spears. Miss Paltrow, who has already been criticised for promoting overpriced goods on her Goop lifestyle website, advertises a £270 Sheryl Lowe hamsa bracelet.

The hand-shaped amulet has its roots in Muslim and Jewish societies and is commonly found on North African and Middle Eastern wall hangings. Hamsas with the fingers spread are often hung above the door of a pregnant woman’s home to ward off bad spirits, but when the fingers are together, the hand is supposed to bring good luck.

It is just one of a number of jewellery trends followed to promote spiritual well-being.

Read more at the DailyMail: www.dailymail.co.uk

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