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: Memento Mori ring - The symbol reproduced wanted to remind the faithful of the brevity and vanity of earthly life.
Dimensions 15.57 x 16.26.68 mm Weight 8.2g Size 20.
Mod.2: Linked Hearts Ring - The symbol reproduced is attributable to the love tattoo.
Dimensions 17.56 x 10.83 mm Weight 9g Size 18.
Mod.3: Dove of the Holy Spirit Ring - The symbol reproduced may be attributed to the "Young Brides".
Dimensions 18.90 x 18.90 mm Weight 9g Size 20.
Mod.4: Sacred Heart of Mary Ring - The symbol reproduced is attributed to the Society of Jesus.
Dimensions 17.62 x 17.62 mm Weight 9.5g Size 20.
Mod.5: Angel of the Passion Ring - The symbol reproduced is part of various religious tattoos.
Dimensions 18.90 x 14.20 mm Weight 9.5g Size 24.
Mod.6: Pierced Heart Ring - The symbol reproduced is attributable to love tattoos.
Dimensions 12.37 x 9 mm Weight 9.5g Size 20.
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.