How to tell Vintage Jewelry from New and Antique Jewelry

There are several different factors that can help one distinguish between a genuine vintage piece and a fake piece that was made last year in the Far East. Those who know what signs to look out for and where they can find clues and hints on the pieces will be able to shop much more wisely and with less worry that they invested in a phony. Not all pieces of advice are applicable to all pieces- for example, hints regarding pieces with hinges will be of no use for a piece without hinges- but none-the-less these pieces of advice are invaluable for jewelry buyers. Apply the information as necessary. Continue reading

Will Evil Eye Jewelry Protect Me?

What is the Evil Eye?

There is a prevalent belief in a number of cultures that a malicious gaze can bring evil upon the target of the gaze. It is widely understood that some human beings possess powers that allow them to send what may be termed as destructive rays that can harm those they are envious of or simply dislike. An interesting question is how Judaism relates to such ideas. Continue reading

Recommended Jewish Gifts for Weddings

Pomegranate Shabbat CandlesticksMazal Tov!!! Your Jewish friend or family member is tying the knot! Hold on, you’re not so familiar with Jewish customs regarding gift giving for weddings? You don’t know what’s deemed appropriate and don’t want to make an embarrassing social blunder? No worries- here’s our guide to Jewish Gifts for Weddings…
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A Historical Look at Fashion Jewelry

Fashion Jewelry is also known as costume jewelry and is a popular form of jewelry around Fashion Jewelrythe world.  Fashion Jewelry is made to complement a particular costume or garment and came into being in the 1930s, intended to be a cheap way of dressing up clothes and to be fashionable for a short period of time, outdate itself and then be repurchased to fit a new fashion style. Fashion Jewelry is mainly used in fashion, unlike fine jewelry which is regarded as collectibles, keepsakes or investments.  For these reasons, Fashion Jewelry is generally made of less valuable materials.

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Tips for Buying Jewish Jewelry

Buying jewelry is never an easy task because many factors go into the decision. When purchasing Jewish jewelry, the challenge is a little simpler because some pieces have traditions that limit the choices. Despite the traditions, jewelry selection can be a hard choice. A few simple tips make it easier to decide on the best item. Continue reading

Grooms’ Guide for Choosing a Jewish Wedding Ring

Brides hand with a wedding ringMuch preparation goes into planning a Jewish wedding. It is steeped in ancient tradition and customs which vary among Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews, and those of varying levels of religious observance. As an example, the date of the wedding cannot take place on Shabbat which includes Friday night after sundown to Saturday night after sundown. There are several other dates that are out of the question also, and consulting a Jewish calendar is part of the planning process. The date is only one of the strict rules that accompany a Jewish marriage. Jewish law also dictates the selection of the brides wedding ring. Continue reading

Kabbalah Symbols in Jewish Jewelry

Jewish jewelry designers incorporate numerous Kabbalah symbols in their designs which are intended to mediate between the spiritual and physical worlds. This mediation seeks to encourage constructive changes in the lives of those on Earth. Kabbalah symbols may help individuals to get through impediments in the physical world while encouraging positive life transformations.

72 Names of God Kabbalah Necklace

72 Names of God Kabbalah Necklace

Kabbalah symbols include well-known protection talismans thought to ward off the evil eye, such as the Hamsa hand and the Star of David. These talismans are detailed below. Those considering purchasing a Jewish jewelry piece should learn the meaning behind the different Kabbalah symbols in order to choose the most fitting piece for their lifestyle.

Hamsa Hand
The Hamsa hand (also known as the hand of Fatima or the hand of Miriam) is a symbol that is not exclusive to the Kabbalah. In Arabic, “Hamsa” means “five.” It is widely known as an ancient palm-shaped talisman used for protection. Many communities across the globe have used this symbol to help protect against the evil eye, which acts as a reference to bad luck resulting from resentment (literally from a spiteful stare).

Star of David in Jewish jewelry
The Star of David is the most recognizable symbol for Jewish identity. It is believed to draw protection and luck because of its unique structure. Consistent with tradition, the hexagram shape is symbolic of King David’s shield, which helped lead to victories and to the creation of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

Merkabah
The Merkabah (otherwise known as Merkava, Markaba or Markava) is an exclusive Kabbalah symbol. In actuality, it is a Star of David in its three dimensional state.  In similar to other structural Kabbalah symbols, it is thought to release positive divine energy, bringing fortification to those who wear or display it.

Jewish jewelry designers integrate various Kabbalah symbols in their designs which are said to mediate between the spiritual and physical worlds. This mediation is meant to bring about positive changes in peoples lives. Kabbalah symbols are believed to help individuals to get through difficulties in the physical world.