Around the fifteenth century, the inhabitants of the Marche region and the pilgrims who arrived in these areas had the custom of tattooing their hands or forearms, at wrist level with these symbols, an emblem of faith and love for the pilgrims of Loreto. These were tattoos of blue color: figures, mottos, crosses, sacred symbols, pierced hearts, skulls and anchors.
The origins of this custom can be traced back to the areas surrounding the Holy House of Loreto, a place where, even today, the boxwood tiles called "Markers" are preserved and exposed to the public, which had the double function of catalog of the available designs that they could be tattooed and stamped for the reproduction of preliminary drawings for tattooing.
After many centuries of practice, the Loretano tattoo tradition was forbidden but in part continued clandestinely, so that, until a few decades ago, people with indigo-colored tattoos on their wrists or forearms could have been met in the Marche countryside and beyond. Today those symbols have been reproduced on the jewels and accessories of the Mutatuo line which collects a selection of the original symbols of the Loreto tradition.
Mod.1: Polar Star Mono Earring. The symbol reproduced is part of the sailors' tattoos.
Mod.2: Memento Mori Mono Earring. The symbol reproduced was intended to remind the faithful of the brevity and vanity of earthly life.
Mod.3: Eye of God Mono Earring. The symbol reproduced is attributed to the Society of Jesus.
Mod.4: Queen of Heaven Mono Earring. The symbol reproduced is to be attributed to the Madonna of Loreto.
Mod.5: Single Earring Madonna of Loreto with Child. The symbol reproduced is attributable to two orders: the Franciscans and the Society of Jesus.
Mod.6: Pierced Heart Mono Earring. The symbol reproduced is part of the love tattoos.
Mod.7: Anchor Mono Earring. The symbol reproduced is part of the sailors' tattoos.
Mod.8: Ex voto Mono Earring with Chain. The symbol reproduced is attributable to two orders: the Franciscans and the Society of Jesus.
As these are handicrafts, some products may differ from those presented in the photos. This, for us, is not a defect, but underlines our authentic artisan tradition.