Stacking Bracelets 101


Deciding how to stack and layer your bracelets can, at times, be overwhelming. There are so many bracelets, bangles, cuffs available…the options are unlimited! Here are some ways to help make the decision easier and make you more confident when rocking your bangle sets!


To decide on the style of your personal bracelet stack, think of your own style and personality first. Are you the classy, elegant type of girl or do you prefer cool and laidback outfits? Do you love natural colors or are you more into sparkling and girly stuff? Or are you a combination of the above? Asking yourself these questions is a great way of becoming aware of your own personality and style. Remember: you are unique and your personal bracelet stack should match YOU!

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To narrow down the options for the combination of your choice let’s take a closer look at the style of your soon-to-be-bracelet stack. An important question you’ll want to ask yourself here is: do I want my bracelet stack to match and compliment my wardrobe or do I want it to really stand out and be the eye-catching part of it? This will give you a rough idea of what your bracelet stack will look like.

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Once you have an idea of the stack’s style in mind, it is important to make your decision on a color scheme. We have two main options here: the first one is to choose a specific color and/or metal and stick with it. This option is perfect if you either have a bold color as your all time favorite (like pink or purple) or if you prefer to dress in a specific color theme.

Colorful opal hamsa bracelets

Judaic Themed Cable Bracelets

The second option is to mix and match different colors or metals to create your personal bracelet combination. In line with your personal style and the stack’s style you decided on, you can either combine colors of the same color family here or go all bold and crazy by combining different colors with lots of contrast.

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It’s ALL About the Choker

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The choker necklace is one of Fall 2016’s biggest trends.

They were key accessories in the nineties, and they are making a comeback alongside backpacks, bandanas, bombers and cropped tops. Some of the world’s supermodels, like Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, have rocked these necklaces in every way, whether at the Met Ball or walking the streets of LA.

Not only are they super chic but can be worn any way.

Chokers are the perfect accessory and a stand-out piece to include in any outfit. Now, a great outfit in itself can go a long way, the best thing you can do for any outfit is spice it up with a good accessory. You see, it makes a statement.   The best way, of course, is to try a trend and decide for yourself if it works for you. Here are some ways we have paired our chokers:

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You can see these online here.  As always, Alef Bet’s designs come with a full money back guarantee.  We’d love to see how you decide to wear this trend.  Let us know on Instagram!

Cancer Sucks and Age is a Number

Certain people inspire you, and this lady here with me does!  I first met Joyce at a kickboxing class almost 10 years ago where we instantly connected.  Here we are again, back in class, after she BEAT cancer for the 3rd time!  Not many people can fight like a pro—and win.  She came to class with a pic line in her arm for administering medicine, and that didn’t let working out stop her.  I must mention that she also had fabulous new weaved eyelashes on and was some of our wearing our too!  

That aside, I wanted to share my hero, Joyce.  

Be strong, be brave, and find strength in life.  Also, age is just a number.  Joyce is in her 70’s and this should inspire all of us to stay fit and healthy!

Oh, and that’s me, Alissa, on the right.

And Joyce.

What inspires you?

Who is your hero?

Joyce wearing Alef Bet Jewelry, fighting cancer and winning
Joyce wearing Alef Bet Jewelry, fighting cancer and winning

Easiest Bracelet. E.V.E.R.


There are bracelets of all sorts on the market, each one appealing to many different people.  We all have different size wrists, and styles.  We want to gift someone the best bracelet around, but don’t know their size.  What if we mess up, and it is too small, or too large?  And so on and so on.

Hamsa Bracelet with gemstones
Hamsa Bracelet with gemstones


Then there is THIS bracelet.  Seriously.  The answer.

On the backside is a special knot, called a macrame knot.  It slides open and closed so easily, you can do it with one hand.  You might think the beads hanging off of the back might be bothersome, but they really aren’t.  Honestly, you won’t even feel them. You’ll just be comfortable wearing this bracelet.


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Macramé knotting is first believed to have originated with 13th-century Arab weavers. These artisans knotted the excess thread and yarn along the edges of hand-loomed fabrics into decorative fringes on bath towels, shawls, and veils, but most importantly their camels and livestock. From there, it traveled to Spain and Italy and onto England.  It was introduced into England at the end of the  17th century. Queen Mary taught the art of macramé to her ladies-in-waiting.  

Of course, it then made its way to America, and it can then be said that sailors made macramé objects in off hours while at sea, and sold or bartered them when they landed.   Now hammocks, jewelry, knots, and even belts are made using that ancient art of macrame.  

Take this design and mesh it with modern style.  And wow!

Actually, the hamsa charm also originated from the Middle East.  Just think of the history in this bracelet!



The Evil Eye and Hamsa Jewelry Combined

The symbol called a Hamsa is a timeless symbol that has endured from the peoples of ancient Mesopotamia and Carthage to A-list celebrities of today. The Eye is a simple but striking image of just that, an eye.  But, a hamsa is a stylized right hand with fingers spread (to ward off evil) or closed (to bring luck).  Many times you can see an eye placed inside of the palm of the hamsa-hand.  Commonly cast out of gold or silver,  these two lucky symbols are really one of the most eye-catching pieces of jewelry you can find, no pun intended.

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14k gold hamsa necklace

Over the years the striking design has remained relatively unchanged, but its spirit has meant many things.


To the ancient Mesopotamians the Hand of Fatima (or Khamsa) was a symbol to ward off the evil spirits of malice, jealousy and envy. The hand became common for those seeking protection, especially for pregnant women and new mothers. The hand was also a symbol of divine providence; it was carved out of jet or cast in silver and hung to bring luck to families.
The eye is a potent symbol of protection in Jewish culture as well. The five fingers of the hand is said to remind oneself to praise G-d with your five senses. It is known as the Hand of Miriam, sister of Moses and Aaron. In Christianity, the Eye is called the eye of Mary and was said to have the power to protect pregnant women. An open palm is also seen in Buddha’s gesture of protection. The symbol truly has worldwide appeal.


With its widespread appeal some will ask what the true meaning behind this captivating ornament is.

Is it a symbol to ward off jealousy? An amulet to protect nursing mothers? Perhaps a talisman to bring the wearer luck and happiness. Maybe it’s a reminder to praise god with your entirety.  Truthfully, the answers to these questions is simply: yes. It is all these things simultaneously, and it is the wearer that finds the meaning in this evocative piece through the lens of their own personal spirituality. The true power of this symbol is, in the end, intimacy: the intimacy one feels when holding it, and the connection to your own spirituality. The knowledge that you are connected to a rich history behind this symbol, while also making it your own- that’s a powerful feeling!

The push for more spirituality in the things we wear is strong, especially in America.  Americans have always had a fascination with the personal over the group. We value independence, and resourcefulness. This has extended into our belief system as well, as more and more people gravitate to a spiritual movement, not one necessarily based in one religion. The Eye of Hamsa is a perfect companion for this journey, because at its heart it isn’t a religious symbol but a spiritual one. Wearing one is an affirmation of your own spirituality and the commitment to something more, whatever that may be to you.
The most common form of the Eye of Hamsa is a necklace, perfect for wearing every day.  Even though in the past it was carved from jet or cast in silver, today you can find a Hamsa or an eye in almost any material you desire.  It can be richly adorned with jewels or kept quite simple.  It can be placed your cell phone case, worn as an evening bag, used on your couch as a pillow and even decorated on your t-shirt.  Indeed, just as its inner meaning can match your inner spirituality, its outward appearance can match any sense of style.

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Today you can find Hamsas on almost anything. You can find mugs, t-shirts, posters, hats, leggings, tattoos, even underwear. With all this availability, it is still relatively fringe in the west, but not for long. While the Hamsa has been wildly popular in the Middle East and North Africa- it’s on Algeria’s national emblem- it has begun to trickle into America. That trickle will become a flood, it has already begun as more and more young people gravitate to this timeless icon.  Some great choices are Alef Bet Jewelry by Paula’s  hamsa or evil eye earrings, bracelets or necklaces.  


Written Language and Jewelry

Do you Dress Like the Queen of the Nile?


The desire to ornament ourselves is deep, deep in our human DNA.  Archeological digs from every part of the world reveal that people have always loved to wear jewelry, even before they had written language. Aztec and Mayan glyphs depict royalty wearing earrings and belts made from the plumes of parrots and the iridescent wings of butterflies. Viking graves reveal aristocrats accessorized for the afterlife wearing strands of amber beads and intricately carved bronze torques, a solid, collar-like necklace with an opening at the front. And most famously, the Egyptians dressed for life—and death—in shimmering headdresses, bib necklaces, rings and cuffs of yellow gold set with lapis lazuli, carnelian and onyx.

Today’s trend is minimalist, compared with the wow-factor of these ancestral tastes. One of the reasons: written language.

Maybe you’re not up for dressing like the Queen of the Nile most days. A great pair of jeans and the perfect white tee-shirt may be more your style—but what takes this modern uniform from “whatever” to a fashion look is the right piece of gold jewelry. The simpler the better: a subtle but substantial piece of gold that rests close to your heart. Based on more than 15 years of designing jewelry, we find that the piece of gold jewelry most women want today is an sleek, refined necklace which incorporates the names of kids and grandchildren. Perhaps it’s just the first initial of your child. Just one character may say it all. Say it in English or Hebrew—we create name-necklaces in both languages using both alphabets. In fact, that’s how our design business got started, creating cube- “letter” beads in Hebrew when the tradition had just started (Alef Bet, for any of you who don’t know, means “A,B” in Hebrew!).

Hebrew Name necklace
Engraving a Hebrew name necklace

We create many variations on name-necklaces which are so easy to wear, each piece will become the favorite you want to wear everyday!

The power of the names of those we love has never been more precious as the world becomes more and more global. Your kids and grandchildren may live in your hometown, or may live, work and play on another continent. Keep them close with Skype, and with a name-necklace from Alef Bet.

Our favorite customer testimonial goes like this: a chic grandmother we know wears a 14-karat and diamond Alef Bet necklace of seemingly random letters: “D,D,M,R”. But the letters aren’t random at all: the characters stand for her sons David and Daniel, and her granddaughters Miriam and Ruth. But that explanation may not be necessary. When someone asks grandma what the letters mean, she says simply “My family.”



The Way We Were Now With Memory Jewelry Created from Your Photos

THE WAY WE WERE Grandmother and Grandchild



So even if you’re not a fan of Barbra’s (really?!?!?), you must agree that memories are a huge part of loving someone. Sometimes all we have is a snapshot—but now, that cherished photo can become an enduring piece of fine jewelry that lasts as long as the memory itself: the Alef Bet Memory Pendant by Paula’s Jewels. 

Perhaps you have grandma’s engraved locket, or her exquisitely thin wedding band. If you do have precious family heirlooms from past generations, all of us at Alef Bet encourage you to unlock the vault and enjoy them today! And suppose that that delicate little ring with the tiny opals and seed pearls doesn’t fit your finger, or quite honestly just isn’t your taste. Fine—pass it down now to someone in the family who will love it and wear it. There’s bound to be a birthday, a Bat Mitzvah or other joyous occasion in your calendar for now. “Now” being the key word!

But here at Alef Bet, we’re creating new jewelry to capture eternal memories. Using the newest technology to preserve a visual image, supplied by you in the form of a photograph, as a Memory Pendant. You’ll enjoy it forever as a piece of original, unique fine jewelry you’ll wear always. We create these keepsakes in 14 karat gold and sterling silver. We use precious metals (versus inexpensive base metals) not only because your memories are precious, but because these metals physically are more capable of capturing fine details when the metal is cast. Gold in particular is highly flexible as a substance, which is why it can be hammered into superfine sheets (aka, “gold leaf”) and drawn into very fine threads, forms of gold which have been treasured since ancient times for jewelry-making.

Capturing the subtle details of a face. The crooked grin that you’ll always remember. The way that unruly strand of hair always fell over his eye. The unmistakable family resemblance, perhaps, in a photograph snapped at a candid, spontaneous moment long ago.

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Grandmother and Son Memory Pendant

Pendant Created


Now it’s yours forever, to wear next to your heart.


What we need to get started: the photo of your loved one, uploaded  in digital format or from a scanned photo emailed to us. Please remember that it is helpful for us to have a very sharp, clear, large image, so that we may create a detailed portrait in fine metals.  Also—tell us the story that goes with the face. When you send the photo, also feel free to share what you loved about the person. It will help us to hand-craft the image, knowing that your sister Shoshanna was a selfless dog-rescuer in spite of her allergies, or that your mother Miriam played the accordion, and was a blushing wallflower at family parties until the polkas started flowing!

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We love making these pieces for our clients, and you might be surprised at the broad range of requests we receive. Of course our clients ask us to create these pieces for a loved one who has passed away, and this may be the most heartfelt way to wear our jewelry. But we also make photo-engraved pieces to celebrate a new life, with joyful the arrival of a new baby, or to capture the faces of newlyweds the moment they say “I do”—whether it was in 2016, 1960, or even 1916! We create every piece by hand with care, tenderness and respect. Please allow approximately 3 – 4 weeks for us to create your piece. Your Memory Pendant will be sent to your via United States Postal Service.

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Donations for Orlando Victims

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We love the bright, candy-like colors of our freshest summer “eye” bracelet. Hand-crafted glass eyes, all-seeing with an eye on both sides of the disc-shaped bead, in a joyful, defiant rainbow of colors.


Combining the colors is a modern energy and look, different from wearing just the traditional blue protective eye-bead on its own (which we also love, of course).


And the rainbow effect supports our personal belief that there is no place on this earth for discrimination or hatred of any kind.


Every day, violent headlines shock us and rock our world. So we wear this multi-gorgeous bracelet of every-colored eye, set in graceful gold-fill or silver chain links, with Pride in our diverse humanity, and for the Protection of all people, everywhere.


Wear a bunch of them together for peace, love, and what we call the Color effect, in honor of the victims in Orlando, and to honor and protect the future of the world’s children.


100% of the net proceeds will go to Support the Victims of Pulse Shooting via



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Wishbone Jewelry| What Does it Mean?


Wishbones are sort of an odd piece of folklore….

meaning and symbolism of a wishbone

Way back when it was thought that birds were oracles and could tell the future, so after a fine meal of poultry people would save the furcula, aka wishbone, in hopes of gaining divine powers.  The wishbone was left to dry out in the sun, then stroked and saved, hoping the powers would rub off on them.  This was so popular among the Etruscans that the Romans copied them, who in turn passed it on to the Brits, who brought it over to the US when they arrived at Plymouth Rock in the 1620s.  And we all know those guys loved turkeys, which were in huge abundance back when our ancestors came over.  So Thanksgiving, birds, wishbones….see the connection!

Wearing a wishbone is for a promise of good luck, a broken wishbone ensures your wish will come true.  “Get your lucky break,” well that might just have come from breaking a furcula, you think?  This is one deep folkloric tradition!  


I don’t know how I feel about playing with dry, crackly bird clavicles, but I do know I do well with diamonds and gold!

See the necklace online here

Gold wishbone necklace

Randi Zuckerberg Wearing Alef Bet by Paula Necklace

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Randi Zuckerberg in Bella Magazine wearing Alef Bet


If you have a chance, we encourage you to read a very interesting article about Mark Zuckerberg’s (as in facebook) sister, Randi, in the Spring edition of Bella Magazine.   She is now starring in a new television show on Oxygen Tv, Quit Your Day Job.  Check out her necklace in this photoshoot!  It is an Alef Bet by Paula design that is simple, fun and great to wear!


It is made from sterling silver with genuine diamonds and an engraved labradorite horn.   This piece is edgy, fun and exciting.  Even better, the clasp opens and you can remove the charm.  Neat, huh?  Put a different charm on the necklace, or move the charm to a different chain.  Oh, did we mention you can double it up and wear the necklace as a choker?

How will you wear this necklace?  Check it out online.

Horn necklace with diamonds