Pomegranates Suck at Peeling and Opening but Are Symbolic of….

14k pomegranate jewelry

Pomegranates are a Biblical fruit, with visual imagery and symbolism up the wahzoo.  

Truth be told, it is a gorgeous piece of fruit.  It truly is.  

 

Poetry is written about, heck, Alef Bet even made jewelry out of it!  See the photo above.  Rose 14k gold set with brilliantly shining rubies.  Drop-dead gorgeous.  

 

But, let’s talk reality.  It is so hard to open, peel and eat that is it really worth the trouble?

 

There is a tree in my backyard loaded with pomegranates.  Remind me to look for a picture.  The fruit is so loaded on the tree, it touches the floor.  No joke.  The squirrels adore it, and last year the tree-rats were in heaven.  For some reason, they left this year.  Guess they found a sweeter home.

Really, why was this tasty and healthy-full of nutrients- fruit so hard to eat!!!

To peel it is a challenge, to seed it –OMG!  See this bowl below, time consuming mess.  The clean up was a disaster.  I have to wear an apron so my clothes won’t stain.

 

But, this next picture below is great.  Maybe my favorite of all.  The shot is set up, the coloring is phenomenal and the juice…. the burgundy shade is perfect and the sprig of rosemary in it….. should I go on?  You know there is a splash of liquor in there too, right? Then glance back up at my mess.

That is a real picture.  

 

 

Anyhow, my fruit is organic.  

Back to the beauty of pomegranates though in all reality…

It does make gorgeous jewelry, right?

 

 

 

An Apple on Rosh Hashanah?

Why an apple on Rosh Hashanah?

The apple is regarded in positive light as a strong symbol among Jews.   It has a perfect shape, a sweet taste, and is fragrant.   It is a symbol for beauty, sweetness and the hope for prosperity.  The hardiness of the fruit, its durability, represent strength and growth.    The apple harvest is associated with the Fall, which is also the season when the New Year holiday, called Rosh Hashanah, is celebrated.

Apples dipped in honey have a strong symbolism for the high holiday season, signifying the wish for a prosperous and sweet new year.  Honey applies to the words of G-d and the wisdom of the Torah, and is the symbol for rebirth and personal growth, as well as tradition and stability.  On Rosh Hashanah, it is used to mark a sweet new year, that a person is changed from personal sin to goodness.

 

This holiday season, may you rejoice in the sweetness of apples and honey.  If you are looking for a sweet remembrance of the holiday season, may we suggest a diamond apple necklace , visit Alef Bet Jewelry.

apple jewelry
Diamond and gold apple necklace

Read about it here at the Jewish Journal

 

 

 

 

 

613 REASONS TO LOVE POMEGRANATES

613 REASONS TO LOVE POMEGRANATES

 

…and scientists and nutritionists are discovering more every day. Modern health care is all a-buzz over this succulent ancient fruit. Many studies are underway, and current evidence suggests that pomegranates are packed with antioxidants which, basically keep you young, fighting heart disease, keeping your organs and skin vibrant, and more.

Of course, people from the lands where pomegranates grow have known this for thousands of years, from Israel to India, Persia, Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Morocco—all ancient cultures which have long prized the pomegranate not only for its refreshing tart-sweetness, and the beauty of its gleaming, gem-like seeds, but also for its health-giving properties.

Who can resist? In the Greek myths, the goddess Persephone was tricked by Hades, shadowy ruler of the underworld, into a lifetime shared with him when he offered her a few juicy pomegranate seeds for the road. Sort of like the first Pomegranate Martini—with drastic results!

This nourishing fruit, which is botanically related to the rose, stands for fertility and abundance in every sense. We haven’t counted,  but Jewish tradition tells us that the pomegranate contains 613 seeds, one for each of the Mitzvot, or commandments, which define a good life. In this sense, the pomegranate is a life-support system for the spirit as well as the body!

Our pomegranate-themed jewelry is a natural, so to speak, for Rosh Hashanah or Jewish New Year, when pomegranates are always enjoyed as a symbol of new commitment and new beginnings. For the same reason, we love pomegranate jewelry as a birthday gift, and as a wedding gift—after all, the Song of Solomon describes the lover’s glowing cheeks “like pomegranates”. This symbol of eternal renewal also resonates for anyone starting off on a new adventure, including launching a new business enterprise.

Garnet jewelry also calls to mind the restorative powers of the pomegranate: the garnet resembles the aril, or pomegranate seed. Most scholars agree that the word “garnet” is related to the Latin name for the pomegranate, Punica granatum.

Wear yours with joy, and in good health!

 

If you’d like to see the rose gold pomegranate online, click here.  There is also a sterling silver version.