Lucky charms or amulets are objects that, according to popular tradition, provide protection to the person who possesses it against bad luck, danger or disease. The word amulet comes from the Latin amuletum, meaning the 'object to be used for defence’.
Lucky charms generally have an animal or mineral origin and their characteristics naturally vary between the peoples and cultures of each country, due to the presence or absence of these minerals or animals.
The history of carrying lucky charms dates back centuries. The vast majority of countries and cultures have a variety of lucky charms, with individual lucky charms having specific meanings.
The Indian subcontinent is a very old culture dating back thousands of years. The presence of Indian lucky charms is wide spread and it is still an active part of Indian culture to carry Indian lucky charms.
Of particular reverence in Indian culture is the Indian lucky charm of the elephant. Due to their high levels of intelligence and long life, elephants represent wisdom and longevity. They are considered to be an especially lucky charm in India, where the god Ganesh is the obstacle remover and bearer of good fortune.
In fact, the symbol and lucky charm of the elephant is seen as having many different meanings. Depending on the culture and country it can be seen in either a positive or a negative light. In India, the carrying an elephant lucky charm is considered to bring very good luck.
Lucky charms are also carried to encourage and ensure good financial prosperity and wealth. The Indian lucky charm carried for this purpose is the cat’s eye lucky charm. In India, it is believed that by carrying the cat's eye stone, an Indian lucky charm, your wealth will be protected. This stone also assists in protecting from unforeseen business losses and helps achieve financial stability.