The hamsa or hamesh is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. In both Jewish and Islamic traditions the hamsa hand is thought to be a powerful talisman believed to bring it's owner happiness, peace, luck, health, good fortune and prosperity. In the Jewish faith many people believe the hamsa pendant symbolizes the "Hand of Miriam", the sister of Moses and Aaron. In the Islamic faith, the hamsa hand can symbolize The "Hand of Fatima", daughter of the Prophet Mohammed. Hamsa hands frequently contain the symbol of an eye which is seen as powerful protection against the "evil eye". It is often hung at the entry way of a home.
Click here to see my blog post about another Hamsa I made as a house warming gift for a friend whose house burned down that incorporates antique nails found in the ashes :Jeweled Mosaic Hamsa