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 Anchor Necklace. The symbol reproduced is part of the sailors' tattoos.
Dimensions 14.14 x18.88 mm Thickness 2.33 mm Weight 6.2g Necklace length 52cm.
Mod.2 Memento Mori necklace. The symbol reproduced was intended to remind the faithful of the brevity and vanity of earthly life.
Dimensions 14.50 x19 mm Thickness 1.3 mm Weight 4.3g Necklace length 52cm.
Mod.3 Polar Star Necklace. The symbol reproduced is part of the sailors' tattoos.
Dimensions 14,50 x 18,47 mm Thickness 1,55 mm Weight 4,3g Necklace length 52cm.
Mod.4 Pierced Heart Necklace. The symbol reproduced is part of the love tattoos.
Dimensions 14.61 x 19.07 mm Thickness 1.31 mm Weight 5.7g Necklace length 52cm.
Mod.5 Queen of Heaven Necklace. The symbol reproduced is part of the religious symbols.
Dimensions 14.18 x 18.96 mm Thickness 1.88 mm Weight 2.6g Necklace length 52cm.
Mod.6 Necklace Madonna of Loreto with Child. The symbol reproduced is attributable to two orders: the Franciscans and the Society of Jesus.
Dimensions 13.99 x 18.85 mm Thickness 1.10 mm Weight 4.3g Necklace length 52cm.
Mod.7 Eye of God Necklace The symbol reproduced is attributed to the Society of Jesus.
Dimensions 14.9 x 18.76 mm Thickness 1.25 mm Weight 4.3g Necklace length 52cm.
Mod.8 Ex voto series. Two Ex voto medals, one placed in the center, one placed at the rear end
Dimensions 9.4 x 14.2 mm Thickness 2.35 mm Weight 4.3g Necklace length 43cm.
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.