HEART OF VIANA - The Heart of Viana was created as a symbol of devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, but soon became an iconical and emotional heritage of Portugal and of the Portuguese art of filigree. For those who own it the Heart Of Viana is a symbol of honesty and generosity.
QUEEN EARRINGS - According to an old tale, a pair of earrings where offered to Queen Maria II during her visit to Viana do Castelo and the popular model quickly became known as the Queen Earrings. This iconic model oh the Portuguese jewellery, also used as a pendant, is a favorite of the young Fado singers. Wear it and it will make you feel a Queen.
ROOSTER OF BARCELOS - The Rooster of Barcelos comes from a medieval folk tale about a pilgrim on route to Santiago de Compostela which was miraculously saved from the gallows thanks to the crowing of a rooster that was heard in a surprising way. Wear the rooster close to you and you will be safe from undesirable situations.
GUITAR - The Portuguese guitar has such a distinctive sound that any Portuguese can recognize is after its first chords. It is a musical instument with 12 strings linked to the Portuguese ‘way of being’ due to its symbiotic relationship with Fado. It is a symbol for lovers of fado and Portuguese tradition.
CHRIST THE KING -The monument Christ the King was built as a fulfilment of the vow made by Portuguese bishops to God, so He would spare Portugal from World War II and it was inspired by the statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro. Just as Portugal remained neutral and did not participate in the war, always wear Christ the King and it will keep conflicts away.
ST. ANTHONY - St. Anthony is the patron saint of Lisbon, known as the matchmaker saint to whom the young people ask for help is finding their spouse. 13th of June is Lisbon’s holiday and the Saint is celebrated in popular festivals throughout the city’s traditional neighborhoods. Weat it close to you and the Saint will help you recognize true love.
VIANA'S CONTA -The young women from Viana do Castelo had the ambition to own a necklace full of Viana’s ‘Conta’ at a time, with the money they raised from selling eggs and chickens. Use your first ‘Conta’ to remember that great achievements are conquered with small victories.
SARDINE - The fat and fresh Sardine, alongside the cod, is the most desired fish at the Portuguese table. It has become a mark for Festas de Lisboa, but its presence in popular culture is old, inspiring popular remedies throughout the country. One of these remedies, promises thar a Sardine will keep the “evil eye” away.
CROSS OF CHRIST -The emblem of the Military Order of Christ, founded in 1317, became popular when was used on the caravels sails’s of Pedro Álvares Cabral’s fleet, that arrived in Brazil in 1500. The Cross of Christ has become one of the most important Portuguese symbols and is still used in flags of municipalities in Brazil. Wear it and the mystical Cross of Christ will give you courage.
OUR LADY OF FÁTIMA - Every year thousands of pilgrims gather in the Sanctuary of Fátima to honor Our Lady. The highlight of the ceremonies takes place on the evening of May 12th with the candlelight procession and on the mornings of the 13th, when the first of the 6 Marian Apparitions to the three little shepherds is celebrated. Wear Our Lady of Fátima as a sign of your consecration to the Immaculate Hear of Mary.
CORK OAK - Portugal is the world’s largest producer of cork which is extracted from the Cork Oak, the National Tree of Portugal. This tree is a symbol of longevity, living more than 300 years, and ecology, cork is a renewable resource because the bark regenerates itself after each extraction in cycles of 9 years. Wear the Cork Oak as a symbol of your love for nature.
SMALLOW - The Swallow comes to Europe after a long flight from the wintry South Africa and Portuguese celebrate their sudden arrival as a sign pf early spring. When the Swallow migrates it always returns to the same nest, so wear it as a symbol of returning home.