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Symbolism in Jewish Jewelry
Judaism is a religion rich in symbolism. With such beautiful symbols, artists for hundreds of years have designed decorative Judaica and Jewish jewelry displaying the varied symbols which include the following:
The Star of David is the most recognizable symbol that appears in Jewish jewelry. It dates back to the 12th century and is also known as the Magen David or Shield of David. Judaic artists from all over the world use their individual design interpretations and talents to create Jewish star jewelry in styles that range from traditional to modern, with stones, Roman glass, and various metals.
The Chai is a symbol that is very widely seen in Jewish jewelry that means, "To Life." It is comprised of two Hebrew letters - chet and yud. Together, they spell the word, "Chai," which is a symbol of good luck.
The Shin is a letter that appears on many mezuzahs and in Jewish jewelry. The Hebrew letter, "Shin," is the first letter of the word, "Shaddai," which is one of the names of God. The letters of the Hebrew alphabet are each beautiful symbols. The "Shin," with its elegant three branches, gives artists many creative ways to incorporate this letter into Judaica and Jewish jewelry.
The Pomegranate is a remarkable and beautiful symbol of Judaism and is a popular Bat Mitzvah gift. The pomegranate is a symbol for righteousness and it is said to have 613 seeds, which corresponds to the the 613 commandments, or mitzvot, of the Torah. The Judaica jewelry designed by our artists reflect this fruit’s brilliant, deep, rich color. A pomegranate necklace can be designed in silver or gold and is often accented with rubies, garnets, and Swarovski crystals to depict this fruit.
The Tree of Life, the Lion of Judah, and Dove jewelry are other recognizable symbols of Judaism seen in Jewish jewelry. Beautiful jewelry from Israel includes Israeli coin jewelry made from a variety of Israeli shekels. Other Israeli jewelry includes Roman glass jewelry, which can be seen in the jewelry of Angie Olami and Shamay & Benlulu. Another popular piece of Hebrew jewelry is Shalom jewelry, which means, "Peace."
Our Shema Israel Jewish jewelry is a deeply symbolic piece of Hebrew jewelry. Artists have taken the words, "Shema Israel," and incorporated them into jewelry and have created a beautiful way to feel closer to God with this daily prayer, which is perhaps the most important of all Jewish prayers.
The Evil Eye has deep symbolism in Judaism and is a popular pendant seen in Jewish jewelry. The belief in the evil eye dates back almost 3,000 years to ancient Greece and Rome. Wearing an evil eye as an amulet is believed to provide protection against evil forces. In Hebrew, the evil eye is know as the
The Hamsa is one of the most popular symbols in Judaism and in other religions throughout the world. It is an ancient Middle Eastern amulet symbolizing the Hand of God. In all faiths, it is a protective sign. It brings its wearer happiness, luck, health, and good fortune. Artists have used their own unique styles to design the hamsa symbol is thousands of ways. Michal Golan’s hamsa necklaces are one of our most popular pieces of jewelry we sell.
Mezuzah pendant jewelry is designed to look like a mezuzah case and many pieces in our collection have the Shema Israel printed on paper inside a glass tube to protect it.
Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li jewelry is beautiful Jewish jewelry for one spouse to give to another. Is it from the Song of Songs and means, "I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine" - a beautiful and timeless quote.