At ALEX AND ANI, we’re honored that our products connect with fans on a personal, meaningful level. The symbology and message within each piece are meant to enlighten, enchant, and empower the wearer. Of course, everything is up to your own interpretation, but we’d love to fill you in on some of the design insight and inspiration behind our various charms and secret symbols. Read on to discover some of our most popular bangles and the symbols hidden within.


Wild Heart: The black panther speaks to our primal instincts and desires. Adorned with the secret alchemical symbol of antimony, placed on the panther’s forehead, this symbol is evocative of passions and represents stealth and power. The panther aids us in channeling our strengths and pursuing our dreams with heart and courage.

LOTUS PEACE PETALS: Representing the progression of the soul as it emerges from darkness, this charm implies harmony and resilience from within. The lotus flower blossoms beneath the surface, like many of us who work quietly to achieve our dreams before sharing our glory with the world. But the deeper, secret symbol here is the Om, lying inside for creation, oneness, and truth. You are at one with your personal goals and successes. Life is yours to explore and in which to bloom.

PATH OF LIFE: The unique design of our PATH OF LIFE charm represents strength and knowledge. The secret symbol, the infinity, lies at its center. The knotted design is intended to demonstrate that we are all connected. This symbol is a pleasant reminder that you are not alone, that those in your life are with you through it all, even if they are not by your side physically. A beautiful symbol that can be relatable for many, this charm adds something special to your arm candy stack.

Hand of Fatima: This ancient symbol is believed to ward off evil – and, with an eye, its secret symbol, in the center of the palm, it deflects the gaze of the evil eye.  The charm is also a strong symbol of femininity, sometimes known as “the woman’s holy hand.” Use this talisman to guard yourself against negative energy.

Tree of Life: This magnificent tree represents our continuous growth into who we’re meant to be. With roots planted in the ground and branches stretching upward, it symbolizes remaining grounded while evolving and changing for the better. The secret symbol, a group of three birds perched on its branches, signify Founder, CEO, and Chief Creative Officer, Carolyn Rafaelian’s, daughters – Alex, Ani, and Alivia.


As you browse our bracelet collections for yourself or gifts, see if you can spot other secret symbols in the designs!

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