The Star of David, also known as Magen David, is a quintessential symbol of Jewish identity.
Today, we see this symbol 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. Now we are seeing the importance of the Star of David in Jewish jewelry.
What exactly is the story and origin behind the six-pointed symbol? Surprisingly, the Star of David facts are packed with fascinating history that actually impact our world today.
✡ Modern times facts about the Star of David
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 symbolize the union of heaven and earth. The six points of the star symbolize God's influence throughout the universe in all directions.
Just as in the Judaism, the fluidity of the triangles are seen in many cultures as a spiritual intertwining of man and God.
This symbol can be found in almost all Jewish jewelry brands with Jewish rings, Jewish necklaces, and other gold Jewish jewelry.
✡ History of Magen David
Historically, the Hexagram symbol wasn't used only by Jews.
It mainly served as a decoration or occasionally as a magical sign along with the six-pointed star, with no special religious significance.
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 David’s shield and Solomon’s seal displayed on it, symbolize the spiritual protection against evil spirits.
The red flag depicting the Star of David within a circle was abandoned after the French Revolution.
In the late 17th century, the star of David became the official seal of many Jewish communities and a general sign of Judaism.
European Jews began displaying the six-pointed star, the 'Magen David' on synagogues, identifying them as official places of worship.
In the 19th Century, the symbol was adopted by the Zionist Movement, giving the star a much more meaningful international recognition. Even then, the star was still not particularly viewed with worldwide exclusivity to the Jewish community until World War I, when the symbol was used on gravestones for fallen Jewish soldiers.
So, what exactly does the star represent? In its long history, there are facts and many meanings behind the Star of David, but it was only until modern times that the representation became more advanced and specific.
Regardless, it's safe to say that no matter the meaning it holds true significance to all in Jewish culture. It was not until much later that the Magen David was incorporated into jewelry like star of David necklaces, bracelets, and rings.We’ve got a full collection of Star of David necklaces and other jewelry, giving you the opportunity to connect with the star in sterling silver or 14K gold. Our Jewish jewelry collection has a variety of Star of David Jewelry: White Gold Star of David, Yellow Gold and Rose.
Explore our unique designs and hand-made, one-of-a-kind pieces of these gorgeous symbols of Jewish identity.
Gold Star of David Engraved Necklaces - Yellow/White/Rose
Small Gold Star of David Necklace - Yellow/White/Rose
Star of David Silver Sterling Silver Necklace