Jewish Jewelry, like Star of David and Hamsa, is much more than a way to adorn your body and beautify yourself. Jewelry,in addition to doing just that, is worn to make statements. Jewish jewelry is always a great way to express yourself and even to support a certain cause and stand up for something in which you believe. Jewish jewelry is used to support not only Judaism, but also different organizations, the state of Israel, and, of course, the Israeli Defense Force, also known as the IDF.
IDF jewelry is a recent popular trend in Israel jewelry. If you are unable to join the IDF, wearing IDF jewelry is often a great way to show your support for the soldiers who work so hard, who stay up many nights, who die, so that Israeli citizens are safe. IDF jewelry comes in a variety of options. For example, you can find IDF t-shirts, usually olive-green color, like most Israeli soldiers’ uniform. You can choose the imprint on the shirt, but most popularly people choose “IDF,” “I love Israel,” etc. The imprint is often made of sequins or other gems. In addition to t-shirts, there are many pieces of jewelry that bear IDF themes, some of which are very original. An example of an IDF jewel that is not only surprising but is also innovative and unique, is a gold-encrusted bullet, engraved with the Hebrew word Israeli Defense Force. This bullet may also be silver encrusted or even brass. The engraving does not necessarily have to be IDF; it may also be any of the several IDF emblems, like the symbol of the Israeli paratroopers, infantry and more.
Another great and unconventional type of IDF jewelry is the dog-tag. Dog tag necklaces come in a variety of shapes and sizes. It may be simple silver engraved with a short Biblical verse or even a plan silver dog tag with no inscription, but with an olive- green thread, which is the color of many IDF soldiers’ uniform. Another beautiful dog tag necklace may be green and engraved with the Star of David and the words “IDF” in Hebrew.
Since the creation of the state of Israel and the winning of its independence in 1948, it’s become a trend to show support for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), a trend that’s grown in popularity over the last few years. Though there are many types of Judaica products that are designed specifically to show support for the IDF, jewelry, especially necklaces and pendants, have become a great way for both men and women to put their allegiance on public display.
What is IDF Jewelry?
IDF jewelry refers to the fashionable pieces of jewelry that are designed in both material and decoration to represent the IDF of sometimes a specific unit or branch of the Israeli military. The most common and most popular of these Judaica pieces are pendants of all sorts. The best thing about these pieces is that they are appropriate and often worn by men as well as women breaking the general gender barrier that exists in jewelry so that the IDF can be supported by all.
IDF Jewelry employs a wide range of materials to accommodate the tastes of everyone who wishes to support the troops constantly guarding the Holy Land. Metals are commonly used in IDF jewelry as this is a material closely associated with the military be it is also a material widely used in army equipment. Finer pieces may also be found made of gold or silver for those with a more expensive taste in jewelry.
Though the material of IDF jewelry helps connect the various pieces to military themes, it is the decorations of IDF jewelry that truly show where your heart lies. There are all types of pendants in this category including dog tags, bullets on chains, Stars of David, and many others. Most bullet pendants are exact replicas in shape and size of the common 5.56cm M-16 bullet used by the IDF. These usually hang from a chain and bear one of the many symbols connected to the Israeli military.
These kinds of symbols are the most important pieces of IDF jewelry as they are used to decorate almost every piece of IDF jewelry, be it a bullet or Star of David pendant. One Popular symbol is that of the Israeli paratroopers, or tzanhanim, known for their famous jump into battle over the Suez Canal in 1956. The symbol used for the paratrooper unit in IDF jewelry is of a parachute with two great wings extending from its sides matching the pin worn on the uniform of every soldier certified to jump from an airplane. Other well-known symbols include those of the Israeli air force, the combat unit Golani, and the various special forces of the IDF.
Other pieces cleverly apply text saying things like “IDF”, “Tzahal”, or “I love Israel”.