When you think of Friday the 13th, there are usually two things that come to mind: the film franchise featuring the scary Jason Voorhees or the actual day itself, which can occur a few times a year. We won’t be talking about Jason, but of the actual day itself and our fascination with it.
Some people love the day and happily play a few tricks on their friends while others genuinely fear the day, expecting the worst at every turn. At Deakin & Francis, we love the spooky and the mysterious, as we explore Friday the 13th phenomenon and suggest some interesting items you can wear and use when the day comes around.
What is Friday the 13th?
Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstitions. The day occurs when the 13th day of a month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday. The event happens at least once every year to a maximum of three times a year. 2015 had a Friday the 13th in February, March and November. 2020 will see two in total while 2021 and 2022 will have just one each.
The month which begins on a Sunday is guaranteed to have a Friday the 13th.
Friday the 13th Superstitions
We know the fear of the number 13 as “triskaidekaphobia” while the fear of Friday the 13 is known as paraskevidekatriaphobia which comes from the Greek words Paraskeví (Παρασκευή, meaning “Friday”), and dekatreís (δεκατρείς, meaning “thirteen”).
The origins of the unlucky nature attached to “13” came from a Norse myth of 12 gods at a dinner party in Valhalla. The god of mischief, Loki, who wasn’t invited to the meal, arrived as the 13th guest and arranged for Höðr to shoot Balder with a mistletoe-tipped arrow. The death of Balder caused the whole Earth to go dark, considering it a bad and unlucky day.
Other possible origins include the story of Jesus and The Last Supper where 13 individuals were present on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before Jesus was crucified on Good Friday.
Friday 13th October 1307 was the day that Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar is a 20th suggestion for the origin of the superstition – it has featured in various novels, including The Da Vinci Code.
What to wear for Friday 13th
It’s always fun to mix up your wardrobe on special days. If you want to show your quirky side on a day like Friday the 13th, the following items will do just that.
Cufflinks are a subtle way to add a little personality to your smart attire. Friday the 13th is the perfect day to bring a spooky nature to your wardrobe.
With the superstition surrounding the day linked to Norse mythology, bring that to people’s attention with a pair of Sterling Silver Rose Gold Viking Skull Cufflinks. These mini warriors come adorned with a black spinel helmet featuring hand-enamelled white horns and are ready to stand guard at any time. If you want your Vikings with more hair, we also have Hairy Viking Skull With Black Spinel Helmet And Ruby Eye Cufflinks for an authentic Norse experience.
Skull Signet Rings
Keeping the skull theme, why not wear this Sterling Silver Skull & Crossbones Signet Ring on Friday the 13th? This stunning silver ring is a classic piece of jewellery which has been given a contemporary twist. This adds a little edge to your outfit, which is perfect for Friday the 13th. It’s available in a range of sizes and has a space for engraving if you want to personalise it.
Add a little Friday the 13th to your wrist with our selection of skull bracelets. Our elegant leather bracelets are a contemporary trend featuring our spooky skull twist. Each bracelet is adjustable to fit comfortably on your wrist, with each end met with our iconic skull clasps that add a jaw-dropping edge to any outfit – an ideal companion on Friday the 13th.
The finding of bones is quite a scary thought and would be unlucky to someone on Friday the 13th. Why not add a bone to your wrist with our selection of bone bangles, including our base metal Fundamentals Bone Bangle and our Sterling Silver Bone Bangle? These wonderfully crafted items are a delightful addition to Friday the 13th for any attire.
Are you inspired for next Friday the 13th? All products mentioned above are available online today, all created by our expert team of craftspeople. If you want a bespoke accessory, please get in touch with our team to discuss your wishes and specifications.