The cimaruta ("chee-mah-roo-tah") is an ancient Italian folk charm, and is typically worn around the neck or over a door to ward off the “evil eye”. The amulet itself consists of several small powerful charms (some of which draw upon Christian symbolism). Each individual piece starts with a branch of rue —the flowering medicinal herb for which the charm is named, "cimaruta" being a form of cima di ruta: Italian for "sprig of rue".
No plant it seems had more virtues ascribed to it in ancient times than rue, and the belief in these has continued down to the present day. Many herbalists refer to Rue as the "herb of grace." The component parts of the cimaruta, which are particularly associated with southern Italy, may differ region of origin. From out of symbolic branch appears various designs including such magical symbols as: a rose; a hand holding either a wand or a sword; a flaming heart; a fish; a crescent moon; a snake; an owl; a plumed medieval helmet; a vervain blossom; a dolphin; a rooster; and an eagle. Most amulets are finely crafted and can be very hard to find. Congratulations on finding your personal amulet!