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

By Nicholas Fonseca
Updated September 03, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

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 ”Legend says that if you wear one when you die, your soul won?t go to hell.” You listening, Madonna?