scallopshell bsThe scallop shell has been an important symbol for people throughout many ages and cultures.  It was regarded by some as a symbol of the womb, of fertility.  Others saw its converging lines as a reminder of the rising sun.  Christianity adapted these images as well, as a renewal of life, of resurrection.  In addition to these symbolic meanings, a practical use by a saint gave it new purpose:  a symbol of journey and pilgrimage.

stJames bsThe apostle St. James the Great traveled from the Middle East to Spain, it is said, telling the Good News of Jesus Christ and carrying a scallop shell.  With it, he begged for no more than he could gather in one scoop, whether it be a drink of water, a mouthful of beans or a bit of bread.  With this small, consistent measure, even the poorest folks that he came across were able to share…

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Tienda online de la platería artesana Berenguela especializada en joyas y recuerdos del Camino de Santiago. Handmade Jewels from St James' Way. Ubicada en la Praza das Praterias 8 dentro de la Catedral de Santiago de Compostela

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