While the pentagram took on sinister connotation in Christian times, to the Vikings it was a sacred symbol.
Firstly, it represented the sacred geometry of the number five, with five perfectly located points and forming five equal triangles.
It may have even been used to locate sacred buildings at the perfect distance from one another.
The symbol may also have been associated with the goddess Freya, the goddess of love and beauty.
It is said that her distinctive necklace Brisingamen may have featured a pentagram.
Freya was also a sorceress, and this may partially account for the modern link between the pentagram and magic.
The symbol is also often associated with serpents, as it is on these distinctive earrings, which feature a fine pentagram symbol enclosed by a snake eating its own tail.
This is known as the Ouroborus, and is a symbol of wholeness and infinity.
Embrace this enigmatic Viking symbol with this attractive and finely crafted sterling silver earrings.