Your Guide to Jewish and Israeli Jewelry
Jewish jewelry from Israel has always been a traditional gift for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, weddings, conversion ceremonies, holidays, birthdays, and other joyous events. And in recent years, Israeli designers have emerged as leaders in the world of jewelry beyond just special Jewish occasions. Thanks to the internet, people from all over the world have been able to enjoy the creativity and singularity that Israeli artists are known for. Our selection of Jewish jewelry made in Israel is expansive: we work with dozens of Israeli designers who create jewelry for all ages, genders, occasions, styles, and budgets.
We have compiled this guide to Jewish jewelry to make your shopping experience simpler. In our virtual jewelry store, our selection includes hundreds of bracelets, rings, pendant necklaces, earrings, watches, cufflinks, and more that you won't find anywhere else, all made from the highest quality materials. Each piece of jewelry is designed in the Land of Israel by talented artists who draw inspiration from Jewish history, Israeli scenery, and other motifs that have been part of Judaism for hundreds, and sometimes even thousands, of years.
The most popular Jewish jewelry features traditional symbols like the Star of David, the word חי (pronounced Chai, Hebrew for life), and the timeless menorah. Other Jewish symbols that have gained popularity in modern times include Hamsa hand jewelry, necklaces featuring the Tree of Life, the Evil Eye, and anything with pomegranates.
Jewelry pieces with these popular symbols are a timeless, beautiful, and meaningful gift for any occasion. A Star of David necklace gifted to a young girl celebrating her Bat Mitzvah can easily become an everyday accessory that encourages her to be proud of her Jewish identity, while a Hamsa pendant necklace, bracelet, or ring makes for both a thoughtful and trendy gift for any occasion or time of year.
There is plenty of jewelry that goes beyond symbolism and explicitly features beautiful inscriptions of Jewish prayers and blessings in Hebrew, like the Shema, Eshet Chayil (Woman of Valor), the Traveler's Prayer, and the Priestly Blessing. Israeli designers also create mezuzah necklaces and a variety of other types jewelry featuring Biblical themes such as the Ten Commandments, the Hoshen Priestly Breastplate design with the 12 Tribes of Israel, the Lion of Judah, and more.
Kabbalah, or Jewish mysticism, has also become a popular inspiration for religious Jewish jewelry. While most people know about red string bracelets thanks to Madonna and sightseeing in Tzfat, Kabbalah jewelry is so much more than that. Popular designs also include certain Hebrew blessings and prayers, as well as necklaces, bracelets, and rings made from "the five metals" -- gold, silver, copper, tin, and lead -- which are believed to harness powerful spiritual energies of divine blessing and protection.
Plenty of Kabbalistic jewelry, like other types of Jewish jewelry, are made solely from sterling silver or gold and often feature charms or gemstones, and also incorporates symbols that aren't exclusive to Kabbalah, like the Evil Eye, the Hamsa, and the Star of David. Kabbalistic jewelry makes a great gift for those who are familiar with the spiritual meanings and teachings of Kabbalist texts and rabbis, or are simply looking for a unique take on Jewish symbolism.
While every piece of jewelry we sell is created in the Holy Land, Israeli designers are famous for reflecting their amazing country and its holiest places in their work. Jerusalem, and the Western Wall in particular, is a popular motif to be featured on a necklace, bracelet, earrings, and other pieces of jewelry. Other national symbols, like the Lion of Judah, also make great gifts for the Israel-lovers in your life.
If you're shopping for history and archeology buffs, sterling silver and gold pendants with ancient coins and shekels found during excavations in the Land of Israel are truly one-of-a-kind gifts that will cherished for years to come.
We also carry a variety of pendants shaped like the Land of Israel, as well as customizable Hebrew name necklaces, which make great gifts for kids and adults alike. Jerusalem and Israel jewelry are perfect for always keeping a piece of the Holy Land close to you wherever you are!
Traditional Jewish texts are full of love poems, which Israeli artists often creatively turn into beautiful works of art that can be gifted to someone special at an engagement party, on Valentine's Day, or any other special occasion. Many artists also create wedding rings inspired by ancient texts and traditions, each full of meaning and handcrafted in Israel.
Some of the most popular Hebrew lines featured on rings, bracelets, and necklaces are Ani Ledodi Vedodi Li ("I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine") and Eshet Chayil ("Woman of Valor"). These stunning and thoughtful pieces of jewelry often feature Jewish symbols like the Hamsa or Star of David alongside hearts, diamonds, and other gorgeous stones and gems, which make the perfect gift for your other half.
If you're shopping for someone else, it's important to find out what materials they like the most. Some people only wear gold, while others are fans of sterling silver. Many of the high quality pieces we carry are crafted from either gold or sterling silver, although we also have a selection of gemstone and leather bracelets as well as watches.
For someone seeking more elegant jewelry, the talented Israeli designers we work with also offer designs crafted from silver filigree, Roman glass, iconic Jerusalem Stone, the rare Eilat stone, diamonds, and more.
That's it -- now you're ready to pick out the perfect piece of Jewish jewelry! View our full selection here and read additional guides to buying jewelry from Judaica Webstore.