Best Gifts for Bat Mitzvah Girls in 2018

Mazel tov ! Best Gifts for a Bat or

Bas Mitzvah

 

Oh, to have a daughter.

To have a Jewish daughter.

OK, we’re not Rabbis. But to have a Jewish daughter, speaking as Jewish mothers, is a flowering of joy.

Judaism often is accused of being patriarchal.  

Again, we don’t need to go there. Think Ruth. Think Esther. In some places of engaged Jewishness these days, we observe a ceremony for a new baby girl called Simchat Bat – “the joy of the daughter.” This mystery, this midnight, this crescent moon, this unfolding rose, this girl-child.

 

It’s a new world, and your daughter will not spend her life in the shadows, subordinate to a man, most likely. So by the time she’s 12, 13, she’s heading out into the huge world with a mind of her own. This can be an exhilarating, intimidating experience for the young lady—and a bittersweet realization for her parents. Sunrise, sunset…

 

Planning her Bat or Bas therefore will require communication with the daughter who is being called to the Law.

Today’s Bas or Bat is usually a pretty light-hearted affair. Can we say, it’s all about the socks? We don’t make or sell socks, but we’ve gotten a few invitations to a Bat lately that include a pair of plushy socks with “gripper dots” (which sort of feel like gummi bears!). The reason for the socks: so ladies can slip off their heels once the party really starts to rock.

 

 

 

We’ve got so many really exquisite pieces—especially pendants and bracelets– that are perfect for the cherished Bat-Girl (those décor themes really can get out of hand!), that we recommend you simply call us.  A very dainty, feminine gold pendant, whether a Mogan David, Hamsa, or eye, on a delicate chain, is always appropriate for a young lady taking this transformational life-step. We have many variations, and can guide you to something that is perfect for the Bat Mitzvah Girl. A few things we love for the BMG and possibly her mother and other matriarchs: delicate diamond pave Star pendant on fine gold chain, Jewish Star pave diamonds set in 14k gold, or the same Magen David in sterling silver, perhaps even a pendant with LOVE.

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And here’s the bigger gifting situation: if you’re the parent of the BMG, you will be throwing a heck of a party. When planning, keep in mind the number 18.  This numeral—Chet = 8, Yud =10, so 8 + 10 = 18, and 18 represents Chai, to Life!. Multiples of 18, whether it’s the number of guests, the dollar-amount of a cash gift (18, 36, 54, 72—add zeros at will!), and so on, will all bring your BMG lots of mazel.

 

Also, here’s this: it’s possible, even likely, that some of the guests at the Bat will not be Jewish. Besties bond across all boundaries today! With this possibility in mind, we suggest guest favors that aren’t explicitly religious in theme. We really love our 3-d squared heart pendant on a bead chain. For a slightly hipper gift for young ladies, check out our hand-beaded bracelets in silver, yellow or rose gold.  Just warning you – lots of moms actually covet this edgy yet classic piece for themselves — so better have a few extra on hand! 

 

Ditto for our long strands of protective evil eyes, eye-stations set on fine chain, in shades of green, blue, and other colors (eye85) – you can’t go wrong, in case there are a few ladies who may not have been on the original list but who absolutely deserve the star treatment on the day of the Bat.

 

We have many lovely options for buying in multiples. Some are fit for a princess.  Some are a little more casual. Connect with us at 818 882 9030 or online at www.alefbet.com, and whether you’re getting guest-prezzies for 18 or 180, we’ll guide you to something that’s really perfect for a specific Jewish daughter and her circle of besties as she makes this powerful and poignant step.

Reciting Prayer for Unity After Las Vegas Tragedy

Hebrew Shema Israel Prayer

As we all awoke to the news in Las Vegas this morning, October 2, 2017, I found myself reciting the Shema Israel prayer.

It just came to my mind.

United

The shooter saw no color, no religion, no nothing… except pure hatred.

Evil

The Shema Israel prayer, says we are all equal, have One G-d. One G-d across many religions, who does not love anyone any less, or anymore.  You can read more about the prayer here.

We are human beings, an inspiring reminder that life is precious, that we are all united.

That we are all ONE.

The hatred and evil acts going on in the world based on hatred only makes us stronger.  I am sure you joined me in watching the broadcasts and hearing about the self-less acts of true heroes helping others.  How people protected others they didn’t know.  How the wait to donate blood is over 8 hours long, how they are turning away donations.  That is the  G-d we know, that is the humanity we know.

Hear Israel, the Lord is Our G-d, the Lord is One.

We are with you Las Vegas, we are with you in this world.

No religion, no color, no politics can divide us. We are equal.

We are ONE. 

How do you feel about the community?  Share you positive experiences with what you have seen around you in this time of tragedy.

Stackable Rings Trend Here to Last

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Fashion is ever changing and not remaining in one place for too long. It’s a rare thing when something stays on trend for longer than a season or two but when it does then you know that it’s probably one worth participating in. The stackable ring trend is one of those long lasting trends, and I am SO happy about that. People are still showcasing their stacked rings on multiple Pinterest boards, blog posts, and in magazine articles. 2016’s trend of stackable rings is not going anywhere in 2017.

November 16, 2013 - Blog posts shooting with Elisa Dahan for Infashionated.com

Ring Stacking How-to:

Try starting with a delicate and/or sparkly ring as the foundation? But don’t stop there, Alef Bet Jewelry offers a wide variety of rings that are perfect options for the stackable ring trend. From high-end to low, stackable rings are making their mark. Many fashion experts suggest an anything-goes mentality that employs a selection of varying sizes, shapes and colors. While another advises choosing one metal (gold, rose gold, silver or platinum) or one color and then playing with textures. But I believe you the only rule is – there are no rules! This is fashion and fashion should express you and your beautiful personality! So no matter how you stack, strive for a cohesive look that makes you feel good.

Don’t forget to check out our website and Instagram feed for even more inspiration!

 

xoxo

Alef Bet Jewelry

 

 

Stacking Bracelets 101

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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!

1. WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?

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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2. NARROW DOWN YOUR OPTIONS.

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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3. COLOR AND METAL OPTIONS.

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.

Visit alefbet.com to see more great choices.

 

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!

Feathers….And Tattoos

 

What is a feather and what is the meaning behind a feather tattoo?

 

 

 

When you think of fashion-forward jewelry you need to consider all of the jewelry out there, and break it down to what speaks to you.

Now, you might say what would a feather and a tattoo have to do with anything? Let’s begin….

Tattoo art is beautiful. Look closely at each tattoo and think of the imagery behind each symbol, each drawing. Regardless if you wear it on your body, admire it from afar, or choose to wear it as jewelry, the colors and strokes and movement is just that….art!

Our team had the privilege of having a LA based tattoo artist hand draw symbols that attracted us and we were then able to create those symbols into jewelry.

One of the symbols so prominent in our society is a feather. There is such rich history behind the feather, that really begins with the Native American belief system based on Animism.  Animism embodies the spiritual idea that all natural things within the universe, including birds, have souls or spirits.  They believe that souls or spirits exist, not only in humans, but also in birds and their feathers and that they possesses an inherent virtue, power and wisdom. Pretty cool!

Another one I love is that feathers are perceived as gifts from the sky, the sea and the trees. Feathers arrive unexpectedly, but not without purpose. They can be a sign from the angels or loved ones that they are near – that they hear you, guide you and are supporting you. A sort of way of saying hello and they are watching over you, taking care that everything will be “ok.”

Now if that doesn’t sell you on the meaning of a feather I don’t know what will!

Ok, perhaps then we should actually look at the jewelry design itself and follow its route from idea to creation.  So, back to the beginning of the journey….

We meet with this tattoo artist, he draws this amazing feather and our team inputs the drawing into the computer, cleans it up, cuts an aluminum mold, casts the silver and creates the dog tag pendant. When that process has finished, we take hand-wire-wrapped gemstones and attach the feather charm to the necklace. Viola!!!

Meaning of a feather tattoo and see it worn on a necklace

Here you have it! A sterling silver and 14k gold plated feather on a strand of turquoise gemstones. Perfect for a loved one, perfect for a guy or girl, perfect for yourself.

To see it online, click here.

Suburgatory + Judaic Jewelry

A wonderful treat happened to us today!  The costume designer from the upcoming ABC Show, Suburgatory, called and asked us to send over quite a few samples of Stars of David and Chai pendants!  Now, I haven’t seen the show, no one has yet, but I assume there is a Jewish character on the show.  I will set the DVR to record the new show and keep you posted on any news!

Jewish Star Necklace sent to Suburgatory
Star of David Necklace sent to Suburgatory

Tree of Life Jewelry

Tree of Life Jewelry
Tree of Life Necklace

Something is in the stormy summer weather, because this show in New York has many people ordering Trees of Life jewelry.

Is it the desire for stronger roots to the community they are after?

The symbolism to Torah?

A brighter future?

Family?

I really don’t have the correct answer, but I do know that the stores will be displaying many Trees of Life necklaces this fall!

Silver Two Tone Jewelry + Day 2 NYIGF

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Day Two NYIGF:

Day two just ended at the wholesale NY gift show.  A trend of silver jewelry that is plated in both black and gold color was the highlight of the day.  The color treatment adds creativity, or “art” to the jewelry, and there are no worries about it wearing off.

The design shown was the necklace of choice, combining a little love, peace and faith on one design.