Jewish Wedding Rings Customs and Traditions

Wedding season is in full swing and if you’re planning a Jewish wedding ceremony, we’ve got the scoop on Jewish wedding ring customs. As in many other traditions, wedding rings play an important role in the Jewish wedding ceremony. In fact, according to Jewish law a simple verbal declaration is not enough to be married.

A formal physical consecration of some sort must be made before a couple is considered married. In ancient times this exchange usually involved a gold or silver coin. Today, a Jewish wedding band is used to seal the deal.

Who gets a Jewish wedding ring?

According to orthodox Jewish traditions, only the bride received a ring at the wedding ceremony. However archaic it may seem, the act of placing a ring on the bride’s finger actually meant that the groom acquired her as his wife in exchange for the value of the ring. Yes, times were different back then, and so were the rules!

In modern ceremonies, both the bride and the groom  exchanges Jewish wedding rings as a symbol of true partnership, mutual love and respect.

So what exactly is a Jewish wedding ring?

First things first — absolutely no stones allowed. An authentic Jewish wedding ring is a simple, solid band made of gold or silver. While embellishments, like etchings and inscriptions, are acceptable, the ring itself should have no other breaks or interruptions. Our ancestors believed that smooth rings portended an untroubled and everlasting marriage. For many couples today, the continuity of the solid band is a reminder of eternal love and unwavering stability.

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It goes on which finger?

In Jewish tradition the wedding ring is placed on the index finger of the right hand. There are many interpretations for this, but the most recognized Talmudic explanation is that the index finger is considered the closest to your heart.

And now you know!

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Star of David: Facts About the Magen David

In modern times, the Star of David, also known as Magen David, is a quintessential symbol of Jewish identity. We see it everywhere. Proudly displayed on Israel’s white and blue flag, the emblem of Israeli Defense Forces and even Israel’s version of the Red Cross. But this was not always the case. This week we’re highlighting four facts about the Star of David you may not know.

The earliest use of the Star of David as a symbol of Jewish identity was in 1354 when King Charles IV of Bohemia allowed the Jews of Prague to have their own flag with with David’s shield and Solomon’s seal displayed on it. The red flag depicting the Star of David within a circle was abandoned after the French Revolution.

In the late 17th century European Jews began displaying the Star of David on synagogues, identifying them as official places of worship. It was not until much later that the Magen David was incorporated into jewelry like bracelets, necklaces and rings.

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In modern times, The Star Of David is the most iconic symbol tied to Jewish identity culturally and religiously, however, throughout history, the six-point star has been used in other cultures, like in Hinduism, where the hexagram is known to represent the merging of female and male energies, while in some Mormon churches the Star of David symbolizes the union of heaven and earth. The fluidity of the triangles are seen as a spiritual intertwining of man and God.

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Hamsa Necklace Jewelry

Hamsa — we’ve all seen it. The little hand on a necklace, earrings or ring. But what does a hamsa hand symbolize? And why is it significant in Jewish jewelry?

For centuries, the palm-shaped amulet has been a popular design. Recognized as a universal sign of protection, the image is believed to ward off the evil eye. But where did this notion come from?

In the days of ancient civilizations, similar symbols were used to invoke divine protection. Historical digs have revealed that the hand of Venus (or Aphrodite) was thought to hold special protective powers during the times of ancient Greeks and Romans. Ancient jewelry recovered from archeological digs have included necklaces with similar hands carved from silver. Silver was believed to represent purity and hold magical powers, infusing the hamsa hand with even more divine symbolism.

In Jewish culture, the hamsa first gained popularity in ancient Sephardic and Mizrahi communities. Women gave hamsa necklace presents to each other and their young daughters as a reminder to always praise God. Some also believed that the five fingers of the hamsa hand represented the five books of the Torah. 

While not religious in and of itself, the hamsa talisman also appears in many Kabbalistic manuscripts. Some have even gone as far as linking the hamsa with the Hebrew letter “Shin” which is the first letter of the word “Shaddai” — one of the names for God.

Today, you can find hamsa necklaces made from silver, gold and other precious metals. Hamsas adorned with precious and semi-precious stones, and even ones crafted from glass.

You can see samples of hand-crafted silver hamsa necklace designs as part of our Jewish Jewelry collection here. Whether you choose to wear hamsa jewelry, or hang this amulet as a decorative piece in your home, may it always serve as a gentle reminder that God exists in everything.

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