An extremely rare and beautiful French Art Nouveau charm featuring the lucky number "13" in a round portrait 14k gold setting topped with a bow.
With a complex history, thirteen as an unlucky number is a very prevalent notion only in the West. In much of the world, it is seen as lucky. Ancient Egyptians considered the number lucky. In Christianity, Jesus had twelve apostles which, including himself, made 13. It is a prime number and, since it cannot be divided into threes, is viewed as a stable number. In India, the 13th day of the Lunar fortnight is known to be highly auspicious and is called Tryodashi. It belongs to Shiva and is said to bestow long life, peace and good fortune. In France, the number was traditionally considered lucky prior to the First World War and was used in numerical form as a good luck symbol on postcards and charms.
This good luck charm weighs 1.3g and measures 18.4mm in diameter (without the bail). It is stamped "585" for 14k gold on the loop holding the bail. There is a plaque bearing the name "Unic" on the reverse for the French company/maker. You will receive the pictured charm.
* Chain not included.
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