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Black Onyx Victorian Figa

Black Onyx Victorian Figa

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The mano figa (figa being Italian for fig, slang for female genitalia) comes to us as a talisman from Etruscan Italy, though the sign has been used as an obscene gesture throughout cultures for nearly 8,000 years. In ancient times, the amulet was worn as an invocation of fertility and virility, particularly through its reference to femininity. Around the 17th century, the talismans began to rise in popularity in South America - particularly Peru and Brazil - and the symbol is often worn to ward off the evil eye: the gesture is so obscene that it will even distract Satan.

This piece is made of carved onyx and capped with 18k gold. A simple and unadorned iteration of an endlessly customizable theme, the striking mix of black and gold make for a clean and bold statement.

• 18k gold, marked and tested (the gold bears some visible scratches from past testing)
• Carved onyx
• Length, not including bail is 31.6mm, widest point (pinky to thumb) is 10mm, maximum thickness is 7.5mm
• 2.1g
• Please note that the chain options refer to new-stock 10k gold curb chains (the finer chain shown), and not the thicker vintage chain which is pictured for scale and styling suggestion.
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