Hand painted miniature of Lakshmi, in a sterling silver pendant.
Laxmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. She is the wife and shakti (energy) of Vishnu, one of the principal deities of Hinduism and the Supreme Being in the Vaishnavism Tradition. She is also an important deity in Jainism and found in Jain temples. Laxmi has also been a goddess of abundance and fortune for Buddhists, and was represented on the oldest surviving stupas and cave temples of Buddhism. It would seem that many cultures appreciate praying for wealth and properrity.