The taweez jewelry is traditionally most sought in the Middle East, Pakistan, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia and other muslim regions of the world. For example – in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, taweez are worn on a daily basis for protection, for repelling harmful energies, for attracting good luck and fortune, and for attaining victory. Taweez manufacturing can date back to the period of Islamic Caliphate. Arab traders used taweez as a trading good before years and in present day, the word was translated for intent to be worn as a necklace charm or bracelet charm.
In Islamic custom, taweez refers to a type of talisman, albeit with some degree of variance depending on region and sect. Importantly, Islam does not promote the use of such items as part of prayers or predicated solely on superstitious beliefs. The conservative Muslims say that a person should only use them when they seek help with problems whose solutions are beyond human skills of understanding. Nonetheless, taweez takes on two particular forms: haram and better-known component of Islam – halal. For centuries, Muslims have sought and marveled at the beauty of these talismanic pieces of art. Jewelry embedded with angelic symbols are very common in Islam, especially among women and children.
An ever-growing number of people from Muslim countries such as Pakistan wear talismans around their neck as protection from not just physical danger but also all forms of energy-based attacks including those that are astral in nature. This Islamic taweez is considered analogous, much like how Catholics use their rosary beads, with quranic verses complimenting each other to provide a powerful prayer. The taweez consists of two parts, the first being an “ism” (statement) and the second being a “daf” (verse). The ism is typically about the name or attribute of Allah and the daf is in tashahhud form consisting of either one or two verses from Quran.
It is hard to narrow down Islamic jewelry into specific categories since there are so many versatile designs to choose from. From large and ornate pieces for the most luxurious tastes, to a smaller piece for everyday wear. One similarity that unites these many different designs is that the majority of them include Arabic names, symbols and Koran verses. Taweez jewelry is worn on the various parts of the body. The most popular places would be on one’s forehead with a locket or some talismans that protect a person from spells and inside one’s shoe while they walk in hope to counteract the evil eye. Other practices include wearing bracelet, rings and wrist band, even anklets in order to stop oneself from becoming addicted to consuming bad food and being selfish. Bracelets made of Koranic verses can be worn to supplicate for prosperity and success. All taweez necklaces offer protection, whether it is sold to you as a defense against forces of evil or just preventative or protective measures against accidents in life.
Traditionally, the Taus Zulfahania was worn by Muslim women as an amulet for protection. Today, these are largely manufactured in the UK and yet they are traditionally handmade in India, Morocco, Pakistan and other Arab countries.
Islamic jewelry is best known for being made of handcrafted precious gemstones like rubies, peridots and diamonds. Jewellers like Mohammed al-Hayat took these traditional luxury items one step further by adding taweez to his designs, often also covered in gems. Taweez jewellers said the demand for taweez jewelry has increased in recent years, especially for motifs related to love like the fetwa necklace that symbolizes contract of marriage or a ring with the name of a loved one.
Some Muslims prefer to wear taweez rings in order to strengthen their prayers or making talisman bracelets by stringing together verses from the Quran (verse bracelets) or wearing an inscribed prayer beads necklace. However, due to urbanization and population relocation many people purchase these things from other countries and even other non-muslim religions.
Rumours is that some taweez can be sold for more than a million dollars because the craftsmanship of it is pure gold combined with pure diamonds worth thousands of dollars each.