While many are familiar with the horseshoe as a symbol of luck and good fortune, most recent interpretations of the motif show the ends of the shoe pointed up, holding the luck "in." Historical origins of the sign almost never feature the horseshoe this way, instead presenting the ends down, though still very much a symbol of luck and protection.
Legend has it that the horseshoe's powerful presence originated in Russia, where barns and stables were painted with images of the Virgin Mary to protect the animals within, and as the paint faded over time, only the golden pigment of her halo remained, reminiscent of a horseshoe over the door.
And just as a horseshoe physically protects the horse, the symbol takes on deeper meaning when worn as a charm--here rendered within a traditional decorative framework in sterling silver, finished in 14 karat gold, and suspended from a fine 14 karat gold filled chain and clasp. Standard 30" length for layering. (Contact us for customized chain lengths--we're happy to adjust at your request!)