While I was completing a high school semester in Italy, our class was touring the Central and Northern parts of the country. In Venice, I found a small jewellery store on the very famous Rialto Bridge, not too far from Piazza San Marco, where I purchased a ‘Corno.’ The ‘Corno’ is an italian charm shaped like a horn that is said to protect the person wearing it from the evil eye, known to the Italians as ‘Malocchio.’ The woman in the shop claimed that if you wore it with a crucifix, they would cancel each other out, therefore they must be worn separately. The ‘Corno’ is made of sterling silver, it is about half an inch long, and can be strung onto any chain or bracelet to be worn. It is my most memorable souvenir for two reasons. The first reason is because it reminds me of the best four months I experienced in my life, living in and learning about the country that my family originates from, with my best friends. The second reason is that it is an object that most Italian people own because it is a symbol of their culture and their beliefs, and wearing it makes it known to their peers what their heritage is, and that they are proud to be a part of it. It also reminds me of my family, who I am, and ultimately where I came from. Purchasing this charm from the country it originates from, in my opinion, makes it more authentic. The charm can be made in different valuable materials such as gold and silver, to show status. Its valuable materials and attractive design also leads people to wear it for adornment purposes, in fact, lately I have seen ladies wearing larger, coloured and plastic versions as costume jewellery.