Why specifically a Hebrew name necklace?
Well, if you're looking for an original present that will have special significance you need not look any further. The necklaces are also a perfect way to express pride in one's background; a necklace that publicizes a religious name, for example, is a way of showing how one's religion plays a major role in one's life.
Furthermore, it is hard today to find truly unique pieces of jewelry. Name necklaces, especially the hand-made ones are perfect gifts for a special person in your life.
A name necklace is a beautiful, original piece of jewelry that is worn around the neck and prominently displays the name of the wearer of even of a significant other in the wearer's life. There are countless designs available nowadays from bolder, clean-cut designs to more romantic, unassuming designs. There are those that display just the name and others that incorporate pendants or symbols too.
Name necklaces first came onto the fashion scene in the eighties. They were considered a sign of wealth as they were customized. The name necklace
made a comeback in recent years, in part due to celebrities who were seen sporting them.
How does Judaism relate to jewelry?
According to the Midrash (Midrash Rabbah Ecclesiastes 7:7), the first woman to wear jewelry was none other than the first woman herself! Eve was adorned with jewelry according to Rabbi Yochanan who comments on the phrase, "And the L-rd G-d Built?". He interprets the word "banyan" meaning "building" as "b'naeh" or "with beauty". Rabbi Yochanan says that G-d adorned Eve with jewels before presenting her to Adam.
Midrash Hagadol on Genesis 24:53 comments that "Jewelry is more precious to a woman than all pleasurable things". It seems that the Jewish Sages knew all those centuries ago of women's special relationship with jewelry.
Jewelry is also mentioned in Jewish Law. In the Code of Jewish Law, the matter of special rejoicing on the holidays is spoken of and men are told to buy new clothes and jewelry for their wives before each festival. The law believes that wine and meat for men is parallel to new clothes and jewelry for women.
Rabbi Yeshaya Horowitz, author of Shelah Hakadosh (an encyclopedic compilation of ethics, ritual and mysticism) and a prominent Rabbi and Kabbalist, wrote that when a man buys his wife beautiful clothes and jewelry, he should focus on the fact that by doing so he is, in fact, beautifying the Divine Presence, which is represented in this world by his wife.