Jewish jewelry, for what occasion?
Traditional Jewish jewelry can be worn or given on special occasions, such as weddings, births, Bat Mitzvahs, Bar Mitzvahs, or other Jewish holidays such as Hanukkah. They can also be worn daily as accessories, in the form of pendants, bracelets, rings or medals.
Why wear Jewish jewelry?
Clothing style has always been a means of expressing the link with the history and cultural context of each country.
Traditional Jewish jewelry is one of the oldest forms of expression in this field. These have survived over the centuries and have even evolved over time. In that sense, they are truly unique and strong. These objects, rich in symbols, must be preserved because they represent an essential part of our history and our traditions.
We wear these jewels for aesthetic purposes but also as signs of recognition and to be a little closer to Gd. Some jewels are worn in remembrance of old prophets or historical events and others as powerful seals of protection.
Where to find the best Jewish jewelry?
It is possible to find Jewish jewelry in large jewelry chains, but they will often be more expensive than at a specialist. It is also possible to find them on online stores, on the internet. Some general sites offer costume jewelry, but there are also jewelry stores specializing in Judaism. These sell quality and handcrafted items. To be as close as possible to religious requirements, it is important to choose a jeweler who is qualified to make Jewish jewelry. This is why, at O-Judaisme, we offer a collection of jewelry made by artisan jewelers in Israel, according to the rules of biblical development.
The main Jewish jewels
Traditional Jewish jewelry is rich in elements, design and symbols. Some items are more popular than others.
Stars of David are used as ornaments in Judaism and Christianity. They are used as symbols in art, architecture and collections of objects around the world. Jews wear Star of David jewelry as a symbol of their faith and Jewish identity.
Hamsa or Hand of Fatima
Also called Miriam's hand, this symbol is one of the oldest in Judaism. Also present among Muslims and Christians, this jewel is used to protect against the evil eye.
This pendant is often called "chai" or "chayim" and is represented by two Hebrew letters which mean "life" and correspond to the number 18. Wearing this pendant is a way of remembering the importance of life in Judaism.
For more information: Jewish Jewelry and Kabbalah