While in Puglia, Italy looking through the markets I noticed rusty quaint and rustic horseshoes being sold by the dozens, a kind of artistic detail that could make a restaurant look more authentic. I knew I wanted to use this symbol for the Puglia pieces since the horseshoe still held mojo for the locals.
When kept as a talisman, a horseshoe is said to bring good luck. Many believe that to hang it with the ends pointing upwards is good luck as it acts as a storage container of sorts for any good luck that happens to be floating by, whereas to hang it with the ends pointing down, is bad luck as all the good luck will fall out.
After some searching I found a handmade brass goodluck charm hanging in an antiques shack. I have taken the little horseshoe that I found and reworked it into jewelry.