Britons\u00a0are sharing unintentional messages and sporting ancient and religious symbols with meanings they are unaware of, according to new research.\r\n\r\nThe survey of 1,000 UK adults, carried out by ChloBo, a British boho-luxe jewellery brand found that 76% were unaware of the meaning and significance of popular ancient symbols.\r\n\r\n81% of Brits were unable to identify the Hamsa sign, an ancient middle eastern symbol often worn by on jewellery by Jennifer Anniston and Heidi Klum, whilst 88% could not identify the Om\/ Pranava symbol, commonly used in Buddhist and Hindu beliefs, and often worn by Miley Cyrus.\r\n\r\n77% of Britons failed to identify the Ankh symbol, recently sported by Beyonce in her most recent music video. Whilst the Jewish symbol, Chai faired no better with 94% of respondents being unable to identify the symbol of life.\r\n\r\nRespondents were better at identifying ancient figures \u2013 more than three quarters (79%) were able to identify Buddah, the enlightened one, and founder of the Buddhist way of life. 63% of respondents recognised Ganesh, the Hindu god depicted with the head of an elephant.\r\n\r\nBrits also fared better at identifying zodiac symbols, with 52% able to identify at least six of the 12 signs of the zodiac.\r\n\r\nJo Sass, brand communications director at ChloBo said: \u201cIt\u2019s interesting to see just how many people are unaware of the significance of symbols they are walking around wearing. Whilst we continue to explore a wider variety of fashions and cultures, people are simply adopting symbols, patterns and designs for aesthetic reasons, and are failing to understand their deeper meaning.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe symbols adopted and worn by many for fashion reasons actually hold a lot of significance and meaning, and are based on positive philosophies of life found in the world\u2019s many cultures. If Britons researched the symbols and their meanings first they may feel an even stronger affiliation to their meanings beyond the celebrity trend.\u201d\r\n\r\nWomen were better than men at identifying cultural symbols, however men (26%) performed better at recalling the meaning of the symbols commonly used in fashion and jewellery.\r\n\r\nLeast identifiable ancient symbols\r\n\r\nChai \u2013 6%\r\nOm \u2013 12%\r\nEye of Horus \u2013 18%\r\nHamsa \u2013 19%\r\nAnkh \u2013 23%\r\nLotus Flower \u2013 42%\r\nGanesh \u2013 63%\r\nStar of David \u2013 78%\r\nBuddha \u2013 79%\r\nDove \u2013 87%\r\nA guide to the cultural significance of jewellery symbols:\r\n\r\nHamsa\r\n\r\nThe ancient Middle Eastern talisman symbolises the\u00a0hand of god, and is a protective amulet that is believed to bring its owner good luck, happiness, and good health.\r\n\r\nOm\/ Pranava\r\n\r\nThe symbol, commonly found in yoga is derived from Buddhist and Hindu beliefs, and is called Pranava, which translates to \u2018it infiltrates life and runs through our breath\u2019. It is a primordial sound and represents god, creation and oneness.\r\n\r\nBuddha\r\n\r\nThe Buddhist way of life is based on the teachings of Buddha, the term means \u2018one who is wise\u2019, who holds a state of intellectual and ethical perfection. The term\u00a0literally means enlightened one, or knower.\r\n\r\nAnkh\r\n\r\nThere are multiple interpretations of this symbol, however the Egyptian\u2019s believe the ankh represents the Nile. Other interpretations claim the looped cross symbol represents eternal life. It is also referred to as the crux ansata, which translates to the \u2018key of life\u2019.\r\n\r\nChai\r\n\r\nThis Jewish symbol means life and symbolises the importance and appreciation of life. It is made up of two Hebrew letters, chet and yud, both of which have significance and mean good luck.\r\n\r\nGanesh\r\n\r\nGanesh is the Hindu god with great intellect and is often depicted with the head of an elephant. Use of the symbol is believed to remove arrogance, obstacles, narcissism, and selfishness.\r\n\r\nStar of David\r\n\r\nThis Jewish symbol, also referred to as \u2018the shield of David\u2019 has six sides which reflect the belief that god rules over the universe and protects it from six directions, north, south, east, west, up and down.\r\n\r\nDove\r\n\r\nThe dove appears in Judaism and Christian culture, and signifies love and peace. The dove is a messenger and is often depicted with an olive branch in its beak.