Necklaces and Pendants
Jewish Jewellery has been worn since biblical times in the form of necklaces and pendants. These were generally worn for a purpose other than aesthetics, such as identification of faith or as a means of protection from the evil eye. This has since changed, although the core beliefs are still visible in the beautifully crafted pieces today.
Necklaces and pendants, amongst other things, are still worn as a representation of Beliefs as well as for aesthetics. Women all over the world love and appreciate jewellery, so what better than to mix this love of fine jewellery with a meaningful belief. No matter your necklace and pendant needs, World of Judaica has got you covered.
Initially pendants were worn with the Star of David as a representation of faith, to identify oneself to the world and to people of the same religious beliefs. Recently, however, this symbol has become a renewed symbol of pride for Jewish people the world over. This star has been symbolic since the roman times but only became popular as pendants after synagogues started using it as their symbol.
Other popular symbols found in Jewish jewellery are hamsa hands and the colour blue. The hamsa hand has become extremely well known in the past couple of years and can be found in everything from rings to bracelets, especially in the form of charms. Blue is a popular colour within jewellery due to its protective nature. The colour blue is said to ward off evil or the evil eye. These are especially great gifts for any kind of celebration that a Jewish woman might be having.
World of Judaica has a broad array of Jewish jewellery including all sort of necklaces and pendants. These necklaces and pendants are available in different types of gold and feature everything from charms to diamonds. As well, we have a wonderful selection of Jewellery Boxes in which you can keep these special pieces. Whatever you are looking for, we would be more than happy to help you find it. Please do not hesitate to contact out great team of Judaica experts simply by calling or emailing our Customer Support Team .
Necklaces & Pendants Guide
Jewellery serves to both accessorise and personalise any outfit. Your jewellery can make a statement about you and your individual style. Jewellery is commonly given as gifts for a variety of secular and Jewish occasions alike. A jewellery item can be given for a birthday or anniversary.
Judaism is full of celebrations where it is traditional to give gifts. These include a girl's Bat Mitzvah at the age of twelve or a Jewish wedding. Necklaces and pendants make for great jewellery gifts for these occasions.
Jewish jewellery is very common. Jewish themed necklaces and pendants may include the Hebrew words of the Shema, Star of David, Hamsa, and Chai symbols.
Necklaces are usually adorned with a central design, which often has symbolic meaning. In Judaism, these symbols can come from Kabbalah, the Torah, Jewish history, and tradition. Some of the more popular symbols include the Star of David, Hamsa, Chai, and Choshen design.
The Star of David, also known as the Magen David, is a historical symbol that has come to represent the Jewish community in modern times. The symbol originated from the shield of David and can be found in ancient Siddur prayer books and synagogues. Today this hexagram shaped star can be found on the Israeli flag and is a very popular design for necklaces.
The Hamsa symbol is an a hand symbol with the palm facing up and the thumb extended outwards. This symbol is common in Middle Eastern cultures and religions. The meaning of the Hamsa is protection against the evil eye. In modern times, the Hamsa is a Kabbalistic symbol and is displayed on wall hangings, blessings, and necklaces and bracelets.
Chai refers to the two letters that form the Hebrew word meaning 'life'. Numerology, the concept that letters have mathematical associations, is popular in Judaism. By studying the numbers associated with Hebrew letters, many scholars have found what they believe to be hidden meanings of the words. The letters of the word Chai add up to eighteen in numerology. Thus, the number eighteen has gained spiritual significance in Judaism. Gifts of money are often given in multiples of eighteen for this reason.
Choshen jewellery is a type of jeweled design that is common for Jewish jewellery items. The Choshen pattern shows twelve multicolored stones in two lines. This design was first found on the breastplate that was worn by the high priests of the Temple when performing holy duties. Each of the precious stones represented one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Necklaces and pendants can be made of materials such as metal, nickel, and stainless steel. More sophisticated and expensive necklaces can be made of 925 sterling silver and 14 karat yellow gold. The chain of the necklace itself can be made of silver or gold. Some necklaces feature disc on key flash drives for a more tech savvy option. Many necklaces display Hebrew text, such as the words of the Shema prayer "Hear O Israel: the Lord is our G-d, the Lord is one."
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