Islanders in the Caribbean have worn the hook bracelet for centuries. It has been adopted as a symbol of unity and love for islanders living in the Caribbean. Lore has built up around its simple horseshoe design.
Some folklore states, with the open end of the hook pointed up toward your heart, your love is taken. With the open end of the hook worn down, away from your heart, your love is free or a subtle sign that you are unattached or single. Other folklore, with the hook worn up, keeps your luck with you, worn down you will bring in good luck when in need. One of the most accurate accounts of folklore that I have encountered while traveling throughout the Caribbean was when the men of a village would set out to sea. The men would leave to fish or deliver goods to other islands sometimes for weeks on end in order to make a living for their families.