The new jewelry trend is setting full cut diamonds in sterling silver. I know, at first you’re like, “huh? That totally cheapens the product!” Then you take a look at the quality and the think, nice… Then the big whammy comes…. it is priced to sell and to buy. Affordable.
The price of gold is awful, unless you are selling it and making a great profit, but if you are selling jewelry it hurts. I guess the same holds true if you are buying jewelry. Duh. The prices of metals are just out of control.
So, now sterling silver is set with diamonds. Makes sense now, right?
When we look at our hands, we can’t help but remember one of the most beautiful lines from the Book of Isaiah, where the speaker is feeling neglected and forgotten by the Almighty. The Almighty responds that it would be easier for a mother to forget the growing child in her womb than for Him to “forget” Zion, adding rather fiercely, “I have carved you in the palm of my hand.” Looking down into the creases of our own hands with this passage in mind, especially if we’re feeling a bit lost, can be a comforting meditation.
Much of the beauty of Judaism is its sense of Mystery. We’ve all heard that expression, “The Lord moveth in mysterious ways.” So true.
As you know from reading our blog, one of our favorite icons of Judaica is the Hamsa, the protective hand. And our “TINY HAMSA CZ” series of necklaces and bracelets is among our most alluring and meaningful.
This design is not the straightforward Hamsa, or stylized protective hand, which appears in many of our most popular pieces, though we love those, too. The “Hidden Hamsa” pattern looks like a delicate, dainty, floral filigree abstract, punctuated with a tiny gem. We offer this design in several different iterations—silver, gold-dipped, on leather, or on a fine chain. (Check out our items Hidwn, hid4, hidn3, hidhn1.)
The fact that the protective hands are “hidden” from plain sight is
intriguing. Perhaps a reminder that even when we can’t see the actions of the
Almighty, we are always in good hands.
CAPTION : On the subject of hands, here is a drawing of the traditional Priestly Blessing of Aaron. Occasionally, one sees this esoteric image carved into the entryway of
Temples. The interpretation of the characters and the mathematical meaning of
the numerical sections of the drawing could cross a Rabbi’s eyes. Suffice to
say, the name of G-d, and the word “Koach”, or strength (derived from the Hebrew number for 28, since the hands are divided into 28 sections), are the