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Christine Alexander Fine Jewellery

Sale price £8.00 Regular price £15.00

Sterling Silver Wishbone pendant. This piece has a lovely highly polished wishbone charm attached to a Sterling Silver jump ring. It is dainty and simple to wear. It would make a great bridesmaid gift or to wear every day. 

Also Available in Gold Vermeil. This listing is for the pendant only; if you also require a chain, I recommend this one.

Your pendant will arrive in a Christine Alexander gift box.

In the early 1900s, the wishbone became a symbol of love, people would hang wishbones above their door in a bid to find a partner. For many people today, the wishbone is a symbol of luck.

Indeed, 'wishbone luck' has been a popular pastime for centuries. The bone used for a wishbone is the furcula found in the chest of birds. The furcula bone is fork-shaped. The most common way to try for wishbone luck is as follows:

Dry the wishbone.

Two people put their little fingers around each end of the wishbone. They hold the bone upwards, making it look like an upside-down V. They both silently make a wish.

On the count of three, they start pulling until the bone breaks. The person with the longer piece of bone will supposedly have their wish come true. 

This is wishbone luck!

The phrase "lucky break” comes from this tradition. The Pilgrims took the tradition to America. Going for wishbone luck is something many do especially during Thanksgiving. A wishbone from a turkey is supposed to be very auspicious. Just remember the wish must be kept a secret.

In Britain during the 17th century, many had a different tradition. It was called the Merry Thought. As in the above example, two people played for wishbone luck. One of them was to place the wishbone on her/his nose. The person with the wishbone had to make a wish that was equally favourable to both of them. She/he was to shake her/his head concentrating on the wish until the wishbone fell off the nose.

The two parties would then place their little finger around the wishbone and pull until it broke. The person with the longest piece would take both pieces. The holder now would place one piece of the bone in each of her/his hands and hide their hands behind their back. The other person picks a hand.

If the other person chooses the hand with the longer piece, the promise of the wish coming true is passed to that person. If not the holder gets to keep the wish. It is kind of nice because the person making the wish has to consider something that would be equally pleasant for both of them.

It has also been reported (during the 19th century) that young unmarried women played for wishbone luck in order to find out who would get married first.

The idea of a wishbone necklace is that the owner must have a very special wish. Every time she puts on the wishbone necklace she should say her wish out loud. The necklace represents a constant reminder of her goal. The wishbone necklace also represents the promise of her wish coming true if she keeps her faith. The wishbone necklace is regarded by many as a generous gift. The giver expresses he/she hopes the receiver will have her wish come true.

This is a gift of wishbone luck!

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