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For centuries, horseshoes have been considered a symbol of good luck and protection.
No one is quite sure when the superstition began, but legend has it that during the Middle Ages Saint Dunstan, the Archbishop of Canterbury and a skilled blacksmith, was asked by the Devil (disguised as a traveler) to re-shoe his horse.
Saint Dunstan, who saw through the traveler's disguise, instead grabbed the Devil and nailed the horseshoe to his cloven foot.
The act, naturally, caused the Devil a great deal of pain and Saint Dunstan said he would only remove the shoe if the Devil promised to never enter a building with a horseshoe mounted above the door, to which he agreed.
Soon, horseshoes were being used to protect homes from fairies, elves, witches, the Devil and other evil spirits as it was believed that these entities were afraid of horseshoes since they were made of iron and iron can withstand fire.
An interesting side note, during the Middle Ages the coffins of buried witches had a horseshoe nailed to it to prevent the witch from resurrecting.
As for why horseshoes are considered lucky, that has to do with the number of nails in the shoe: 7, the luckiest number.
It should come as no surprise that this lucky protection symbol would become a popular jewelry motif among those highly superstitious Victorians.
Original horseshoe rings of the era are few are far between, which makes us lucky to find this amazing one!
This exquisite ring is handcrafted in brilliant 14k yellow gold and set with 11 dazzling rose-cut diamonds. This is a hefty piece with the horseshoe itself measuring at just under 5/8". Those are definitely not dinky diamond chips in there!
Be sure to wear the horseshoe is facing down toward you, which means it is pouring luck and good fortune onto the wearer.
Materials: 14k gold, diamonds
Condition: Very Good
There is a small bit of black enamel work missing on the X detailing on the shoulders of the ring.
Cleaning and Care
Clean gently with warm soap and water and a soft bristled brush. Lightly polish with a jewelry polishing cloth, if needed.