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Potent Pendants

The new trend replacing kabbalah bracelets -- Escapularios necklaces are worn as spiritual good-luck charms by Gisele Bundchen and other celebs

With those red-string kabbalah bracelets so played out (even Lindsay Lohan’s sporting one), spiritual-minded fashionistas are donning Brazilian escapularios -- necklaces with images of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and Catholic saints. Gisele Bündchen and Rodrigo Santoro (''Love Actually'') have snapped up the good-luck charms, which graduated from church-lady-smart to hip with surfers and devotees of the Brazilian martial art capoeira. ''They offer protection from evil,'' says NYC-based Andre Méllo, who sells the amulets at lovecapoeira.com. ''Legend says that if you wear one when you die, your soul won’t go to hell.'' You listening, Madonna?

Originally posted Sep 03, 2004 Published in issue #781 Sep 03, 2004 Order article reprints