Maybe you already have one in your jewelry collection or on a piece of Judaica. You’ve no doubt seen it throughout your life. But now it’s all over the news and social media, particularly on the Israeli flag, and your Jewish peers are even more passionate about wearing it than before.
The Star of David is the hottest new Jewish accessory, combining tradition with modern expression.
Origins and meaning of the Star of David
Despite the six-pointed Jewish star being called the “Star of David” in English and Magen David (“Shield of David”) in Hebrew, there is no Biblical or archeological evidence of this specific emblem being associated with King David or his army. Instead, the star seems to have originated as a decorative motif, and the association with David in the Jewish imagination developed over time.
The hexagram has been used decoratively by Jews since antiquity, and later took on a mystical and protective meaning in the Middle Ages. It ultimately came to symbolize Jewishness and Jewish identity, becoming a popular motif on synagogue buildings by the 17th century. That association was why it was chosen to adorn the Israeli flag at the First Zionist Congress in 1897, and why both Jews and non-Jews came to eventually view it as an exclusively and universally Jewish symbol.
Wearing the Star of David
While the Star of David today adorns countless Jewish and Israeli institutions, modern Jewish artists have also been incorporating it into personal items such as jewelry and Judaica. For many Jews, there is no other singular image that represents and conveys their Jewishness so immediately and unambiguously.
Since the October 7, 2023, attacks on Israel by Hamas and the ensuing war and rise in global antisemitism, the Star of David has become an even trendier and more ubiquitous symbol in the Jewish community worldwide. Many Jews, especially from younger generations, are feeling more connected to their Jewishness and to the rest of world Jewry than ever before, and are seeking ways of expressing it. This includes wearing one’s Jewish identity proudly and defiantly – and Star of David necklaces are a popular way to do just that.
Wearing the beloved Jewish star is a way of showing solidarity and camaraderie with the rest of Am Yisrael, as well as having something special and with so much history close to one’s heart.
The one-stop-shop for all your Star of David needs
Judaica WebStore, a leading online site for Jewish gifts with over two decades in the business, has been fulfilling the rising demand for wearable Stars of David with magnificent jewelry, originally designed clothing, and Judaica and home decor adorned with the famous star and with an extra-special Israeli connection.
Most of JWS’s Star of David jewelry is manufactured in Israel and ships worldwide. The company’s Jerusalem office and warehouse, as well as its artists and suppliers around the country, have adapted to wartime challenges and continue to design, create, and deliver meaningful Star of David necklaces, bracelets, rings, and more. The store’s collection offers something in every style and budget, from traditional and elegant designs to fresh, trendy looks that allow the discerning wearer to combine Judaism with fashion.
Skillfully crafted by Jewish artisans out of either gold or silver, every piece of Star of David jewelry is a testament to Jewish history and longevity.