Wishbones are sort of an odd piece of folklore….

meaning and symbolism of a wishbone

Way back when it was thought that birds were oracles and could tell the future, so after a fine meal of poultry people would save the furcula, aka wishbone, in hopes of gaining divine powers.  The wishbone was left to dry out in the sun, then stroked and saved, hoping the powers would rub off on them.  This was so popular among the Etruscans that the Romans copied them, who in turn passed it on to the Brits, who brought it over to the US when they arrived at Plymouth Rock in the 1620s.  And we all know those guys loved turkeys, which were in huge abundance back when our ancestors came over.  So Thanksgiving, birds, wishbones….see the connection!

Wearing a wishbone is for a promise of good luck, a broken wishbone ensures your wish will come true.  “Get your lucky break,” well that might just have come from breaking a furcula, you think?  This is one deep folkloric tradition!  


I don’t know how I feel about playing with dry, crackly bird clavicles, but I do know I do well with diamonds and gold!

See the necklace online here

Gold wishbone necklace

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