Judaism and Jewish jewelry, all tied in together.

Wear—and give– a hunka-hunka burnin’ love this Chanukah!

 

Maybe it’s just the memory of dreamy boychik Adam Sandler and his guitar, but this Chanukah, we’re having an Elvis moment. Why? The King loved to wear sparkly things, and he also LOVED to eat fried food.  Two out of three (okay, Elvis might have been Jewish)—not bad!

 

These eight crazy nights of the 2017 Hanukkah festivities begin December 12 and last until December 20. These are the nights when we light the candles and rekindle the hope of the world. We eat delicious food fried in oil, whether it’s fabulous sufganiyot (our favorite filled donuts have gone far beyond Bubbe’s standard red jelly filling!), or stacks of golden potato latkes – not to mention cheese pancakes.

 

Just a brief historical sidebar: our first Jewish ancestors, unless they lived in Peru or thereabouts, did not eat potato pancakes. Potatoes are indigenous to the Americas, and so Yehudis (aka Judith, circa 164 B.C.E.) never tasted one. Fried cheese pancakes were enjoyed by Jews, and others, across the Old World until Europeans made contact with the Inca civilization, around 1553 C.E., and brought potatoes back across the Atlantic.

 

This holiday also is a time to give gifts—fabulous, sparkling gifts with faceted, fiery stones. Bringing light into darkness inspires us, so we recommend jewelry that ignites the inner fire of our faith. For a very special lady, our pick is our 14K starburst pendant (SB55). It’s both feminine and fierce, a stellar 14k gold setting with a blazing center diamond. Now, that’s what we call a “Rock of Ages”!

 

For Chanukah, our selection of pendants and bracelets celebrating “Shema Yisrael” is a favorite. We’ve got a number of versions, in sterling silver, gold plate, and 14k gold. This heartfelt verse at the very center of Jewish prayer and Jewish life is captured in fiery calligraphic script, protected by a circle of cubic zirconia that glow by the light of every candle on each of the eight nights. Check out SM12, SM8, or just connect with us here for your free Chanukah gifting consultation!

Shema Israel Sterling Silver Necklace Shema Yisrael Necklace in Silver

And back to Elvis. When your Chanukah gifting includes something manly, we’re featuring a masculine bracelet on Amazon that puts the Shema at his wrist in a modern mix of glowing pewter and long-wearing genuine leather. White zip-front jumpsuit definitely optional! See it here:

 

 

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Have you ever received a gift that made you ecstatic?
A gift given to you with the intention to make you feel better?

Before telling about that gift, I wanted to share Art’s story.

Art, a business partner, was feeling a bit down. Things weren’t going in the direction that he wanted, his own business was horribly slow, and he was suffering from back problems. One afternoon, out of nowhere his close friend gave him a necklace and said, “wear this.”

And he did.

Things started picking up– business improved and so did life.

But that necklace, it was falling apart. The plating was coming off, his neck was turning green.
Others with similar necklaces were asking him to repair and re-plate the silver color on their pendants.

There seemed to be a trend.

Men wanted jewelry, and wanted jewelry with meaning.

The two of us, Art and I, started talking about this idea of jewelry that heals from the inside of your soul. We started researching exactly what was this necklace that he was given.

A Seal of Solomon

 

What is a Seal of Solomon and who was Solomon?

 

There are 72 Seals of Solomon, all made by King Solomon from Biblical times. He was perhaps the wisest man who ever lived. Author of not only most of the Book of Proverbs, which has over 3,000 proverbs in it, but the Song of Solomon a collection of love poems, and the Book of Ecclesiastes. G-d gifted King Solomon with unsurpassed wisdom and he ruled Jerusalem for 40 years of peace and much prosperity– he was born in 848 BCE and died at the age of 52 in 796 BCE. 

So, what do the Seals mean?

Solomon, a King, that could speak directly to G-d, was also gifted with the ability to command and control demons and speak to animals. It is said he received a signet ring, with a magical seal and drawing that held supernatural powers.

All in all there are 72 Seals. Each one has its own unique meaning that varies from success to health and recovery to that of love. Each seal empcompasses the cosmic order, the skies, movement of the stars in their spheres, and the perpetual flow between heaven and earth and the elements of air and fire. King Solomon’s Seals combine strength, beauty, symbolism and illustrative quality and all within a geometric figure.

That is a ton of information!

You know, many of the abstract figures and diagrams that were found on these seals are encompassed in all three monotheistic religions: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism. The seals are not religious oriented, but are more centered around the celestial stars and geometrical figures. Basically, a universal symbol for protection that hold magical powers to ward off evil forces, and are not associated with one religion or people.

 

 

So, that is the history behind the Seals. Amazing, right? It’s totally mind-blowing!!

The next task, after we researched the seals, was how to design and create one that is hip, modern in style and durable. We aren’t reinventing the wheel, that was invented a long, long time ago, but what we wanted to do was to make one better.

The first inspiration, besides the seal itself, was creating a frame for the pendant. We chose a wax letter-stamp seal as the border. Then we cast the piece in sterling silver, deciding on a 2 inch diameter.  Silver, being a precious metal,  will prevent discoloration and bring you years of wear and enjoyment.

Which Seals to Use?

We thought long and hard on which two seals to place on the necklace and we came up with one for wealth and honor.  The Fourth Pentacle of Jupiter, taking its wording from Psalm 112:3 “Wealth and Riches are in His house, and His righteousness endureth forever.”  The other is from the Sixth Pentacle of Jupiter, used for protection against all earthly dangers. Surrounding this seal are the Seraph, Kerub, Ariel, and Tharsis; the four Rulers of the Elements from Psalm 22:16 “They pierced my hands and my feet, I may tell all my bones.”

What is the legend of buying or gifting the Seal of Solomon?

The story about gifting this necklace, like the one that began with a gift to Art, is based only on our experience, brought to us by Armenian folklore– we googled and googled it and found no answer on the practices of gifting a Seal. The best answer is really no answer.   Sorry to say.

If you’d like to buy a Seal of Solomon for a loved one, in need of business success and wealth, as well as protection from all earthly dangers, please see our seals online at Amazon. And we’ll keep you posted on more designs to come.

 

Seal of Solomon Sterling Silver Necklace

Recap:

King Solomon Seals were created by King Solomon and are used by all three religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. They allow people to feel an invincible power of ancient knowledge and experience enormous charges of energy. They also help people to reshape their destiny and enhance their quality of life. If you’d like to gift a Seal of Solomon made from the precious metal, sterling silver, we are sharing Alef Bet Jewelry’s link here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If Madonna Could Pull it Off…..

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