Dream Catcher Necklaces & Bracelets: Meaning Behind the Symbol

Last month, we featured Kylie Minogue wearing dream catcher earrings at the Dolce & Gabbana flagship store opening.

Even though this trend started way back last year, we still see a lot of celebs like Kylie sporting dream catcher jewelry.

Kylie Minogue styled her striped dress with a fun pair of dream catcher earrings.Kylie Minogue wearing a fun pair of dream catcher earrings with her striped dress.

Kylie Minogue wore a fun and multicolored ensemble at the Dolce & Gabbana Fifth Avenue Flagship Store Opening in New York.Kylie Minogue at Dolce & Gabbana Fifth Avenue Flagship Store Opening in New York on May 4, 2013

Shailene is also a fan of this trendy accessory. She sported a large H.O.W.L. dream catcher necklace with a black Proenza Schouler skirt.

To keep her look more interesting, Shailene Woodley accessorized with a crystal dream catcher necklace.Shailene wearing a dream catcher necklace with crystal and bead charms.

Shailene Woodley wore a chic black ensemble at the screening of A24's 'The Spectacular Now' at the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles.Shailene Woodley at the screening of A24’s ‘The Spectacular Now’ at the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles on July 30, 2013

Before giving you the shopping options we found on our fave online stores, let’s dig deeper into this trend and understand the real meaning behind the popular symbol.

Dream catchers were first made and used by the Native American Ojibwe tribe. They are decorated with different charms and feathers and are traditionally hung above beds to protect people from bad dreams. According to legend, nightmares are captured in the webbed design of the totem. Therefore, only good dreams are allowed to pass through.

Because of the interesting story behind it, the symbol has been incorporated everywhere. With the rising popularity of the tribal trend, dream catcher items have also become all the rage in the fashion industry.

Whether the folklore behind the symbol is true or not, dream catchers are definitely a great fashion statement:

Free People Mikal Winn Turquoise Dream Catcher Pendant, $225

Free People Mikal Winn Turquoise Dream Catcher Pendant

Free People Feather Dream Catcher Necklace, $38

Free People Feather Dream Catcher Necklace

Belle Noel by Kim Kardashian Dream Catcher Necklace, $115

Belle Noel by Kim Kardashian Dream Catcher Necklace

Fauxtale Dream Catcher Necklace, $95

Fauxtale Dream Catcher Necklace

Free People Britt Bolton Lazuli Pendant Necklace, $220

Free People Britt Bolton Lazuli Pendant Necklace

Now that you know the story behind this popular accessory, we hope that you’ll have a better appreciation for these dream catchers. Use them as fashion accessories for your bohemian outfits or, if you believe the legend, to get a peaceful and nightmare-free sleep.

If you are feeling a little creative, you can also make your own dream catcher necklaces. Watch this video to learn how:

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