It’s Hallowe’en: slap on the silver

Given the current obsession with all things supernatural, it looks like we’re in for a bumper Hallowe’en this year. That’s right. Spooks are in. Big time. And especially those of the bitey kind (I’m talking vampires and werewolves, if you hadn’t already guessed).

Thinking about the toothsome creatures that it seems we simply cannot get enough of (look at the TV schedules if you don’t believe me), my mind wandered onto the subject of silver. Have you ever wondered why the very mention of the metal itself puts the fright up those who are loud of howl and sharp of fang?

Well, werewolves anyway. Silver bullets are – as anybody knows – one of the best ways to see off a werewolf. And vampires too (though this does tend to depend on the author – or perhaps I should say scriptwriter). But why?

Apparently it has something to do with the moon. There is an association between the moon goddess, Artemis or Selene in Greek mythology, and silver because she carried a silver bow. In Celtic mythology, the moon goddess is called Arianrhod (Arian means silver in Welsh – or more generally these days, money). Perhaps the link has more to do with the colour of the moon, who knows?

And which mythological monster has close links with the moon too? The werewolf. At least you don’t want to be around someone who’s a werewolf when the moon is full. So the moon goddess made silver poisonous to the werewolves to help protect anyone who crossed their paths at full moon. And that’s a very good reason for wearing silver – if you do meet a werewolf, they won’t be able to touch you.

The moon link doesn’t quite work for vampires. But everyone knows that wearing a silver cross around your neck will protect you against a vampire’s bite. Why? Well there are some suggestions that silver is associated with the Virgin Mary, and that if you wear silver she will protect you against blood-suckers (no, you won’t find it in the Bible, duh).

It does, of course, depend on which book/film/TV programme you’re watching. In some, vampires are merely weakened by silver – in True Blood, for instance. Meanwhile in other variations of the story – the Blade series of movies, for instance – silver is lethal for vamps.

So if you don’t want to be bitten by either creature, slap on the silver tonight. Double up on a silver cross, such as our super-chunky Amethyst and Chunky Silver Cross Necklace, £145, or Silver Cross on Long Haematite necklace, £95 (hematite is believed to have a strong protective energy, so the effect is a double whammy).

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Protect yourself from any supernatural creature nibbling on your neck (unless you want them to, of course) with our Solid Silver Star Stud Earrings, £35. Or, if you want to actively encourage ghostly goings-on, a pair of our Silver Skull Stud Earrings, £25, could just do the trick.

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Happy Hallowe’en!