Decorated Shofars Buying Guide
Shofars are just one piece of Judaica that has remained mostly unchanged throughout history. Originally used as an instrument during both the first and second Temple, this ancient instrument was originally made of a hollowed out ram's horn but today the Shofar has also evolved as a piece of art. Artists have taken ram's horns and kudu horns and turned them into a representation of Jewish faith. Shofars are one of the most well known symbols of the Jewish people but these feature even more as a combination of everything that stands for Judaism. Keep in mind that these are just decorative shofars and many rabbis do not recommend using them over Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Silver Plated Shofars
925 sterling silver covers sections of these shofars and they are stunning! Many of these shofars feature a Jewish related gold and silver image on the shofar itself, but others also include colored crystals like this one from Hazorfim. For a more unique look, this straight oryx shofar is unlike anything you have seen before, as it already is a rather rare type of horn to use as a shofar. The family owned company, Barsheshet-Ribak, has made a large amount of these shofars that will all shine in your home, but some of the favorites include this Mashiach themed shofar and this Hoshen one as well.
Hand Painted Shofars
Hand painted shofars are a one of a kind type of thing and are incredibly special. While many of these shofars have Jerusalem, menorahs, pomegranates, and more as typical Jewish designs, some are just simply beautiful with patterns like this white ornate shofar and this sunset eagle one. Many hand painted shofars still allow the natural pattern of the shofar shine through as the paint only covers a fraction of the shofar. These shofars are a wonderful piece of Jewish home decor for all to see and there is even a shofar with an Israeli flag on it for those dream of Israel all the time.
Jerusalem shofars feature Israel's capital city of the past, present, and future. Those that do not feature the iconic skyline show off Jerusalem's symbol, the Lion of Judah, like this beautiful white hand painted shofar. Some just bear the name of Jerusalem that are equally beautiful, such as this engraved shofar and this one covered with realistic pomegranates. Jerusalem's colors are blue and gold, which makes for a stunning background on a shofar! Jerusalem and shofars are two of the most popular and well known symbols representing the Jewish people, and is a magnificent combination when put together.
Star of David Shofars
Many of the Star of David shofars are perfect for storing anointing oil as they are closed off and come with a stopper. Putting a twist on the silver plated and hand painted options, there is also a leather Star of David shofar. Some of these shofars only feature the Star of David and others have a combination of Jewish symbols together, such as this one, for a full on Israel themed shofar to have in your home. Star of David shofars are the perfect match for one another and will always look good together.
Fun fact, both the menorah and shofar are from the times of the Temples! These two ancient and iconic symbols are joined together and offer some beautiful options like this usable shofar menorah. These shofars come in kudu and ram's horns so you can choose a style you really love. This shofar also combines the mighty lion of Judah for a stunning combination of three ancient symbols. One of the more minimalistic but equally stunning shofars is this hand painted menorah shofar with a Western Wall motif.