Star of David Bracelets

When you think classic Judaic jewelry gift, you probably don’t think of a Star of David Bracelet. But now that stacking bracelets is such a popular look, Jewish bracelets are more popular than ever. Whether the Kabbalah style red or turquoise leather bracelets or the more traditional silver link bracelets, the more the merrier! Our personal favorite is the chunky link bracelet with a solid Star of David dangling from it. It can easily be engraved or used as a starter charm bracelet!



 

Star of David Bracelets

Symbols have been used to represent one's faith and beliefs for centuries. Oftentimes, a religion is represented by one central symbol. Islam is represented by the star and crescent, Christianity is represented by the cross, Hinduism is represented by the om, and the Wheel of Dharma represents Buddhism. The Star of David is the symbol that represents Judaism.

It might surprise you to learn that the Star of David, also known as Magen David or Shield of David, is a relatively new symbol to Judaism. Though there is no support for the claim in any early rabbinic literature, the Star of David is supposed to mirror the shape of King David's shield or the emblem that was on it. In fact, the Star of David so rarely appears in early Jewish artwork and literature that experts are wary of any early Jewish works that possess the symbol.

The use of the hexagram as a possibly meaningful Jewish symbol occurred as early as the 11th century. It appeared in the decoration of the carpet page of the Tanakh manuscript in 1008. The Star of David also appeared in a medieval Tanakh manuscript in 1307 and on the cover of the first Hebrew prayer book printed in Prague in 1512.

In the 17th century, synagogues began using the Star of David to identify themselves as Jewish places of worship, much like the cross is used to mark Christian churches. The symbol represented the worldwide Zionist community after it was decided that the Star of David should represent the first Zionist Congress in 1897.

The Star of David was utilized by the Nazis during the Holocaust to identify Jews. In 1939, after the German invasion of Poland, there were local decrees that initially forced Jews to wear the Star of David to identify themselves. Israel adopted a flag displaying the Star of David on October 28, 1948, five months after it was established as a country.

Today, Jews proudly wear the Star of David as a symbol of their faith. It's common to see the Star of David on synagogues, prayer books, and prayer shawls. Jewelry containing the Star of David is also commonly worn by Jews to display their faith.