Religious Jewelry

Written by Serena Berger
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Religious jewelry can make a great gift for someone with whom you share a commitment to faith. It can also be something that you get for yourself because it's beautiful and special. There are people who don't have much of a daily relationship with faith who still want to wear a cross, taking comfort from both its beauty of form and the sense that it offers some protection and reassurance. There are others who want to wear a cross because they believe strongly in testifying to their faith in a way that the whole world can see.

Religious Jewelry as a Gift

It should come as no surprise that one of the most common occasions to give a religious jewelry is at a celebration or ritual for a religious rite of passage. Countless crosses are given at baptisms and confirmations, Stars of David are given at Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, and Hakeek rings and Allah pendants are popular gifts for people of Muslim faiths celebrating various milestones, even without official ceremonies. While pendants are by far the most common form of religious jewelry, there is no reason you can't get a ring, bracelet, pin, or other piece, as well.

There are also items of a more abstract religious or spiritual nature which are very popular gifts and accessories. Among the more popular items available from jewelry stores and spiritual specialty stores are Ankhs, Kali Yantras, pentagrams, and a variety of Celtic crosses. Many of these are worn by people who don't specifically connect them to any religious or spiritual ideology. If you choose to wear religious jewelry for its beauty, be sure to at least know what other people are likely to think your jewelry means. Pentagrams, for example, are commonly associated with witchcraft, so if you wear one, you have to realize that some people will think that you're going home to a cauldron, a black cat, and a Book of Shadows.

Depending on your price range, you can find religious jewelry in all metals and styles. A platinum and diamond cross may become a treasured heirloom handed down for generations, while a sterling Celtic cross could be something you wear once in a while when the mood strikes. If you are thinking of giving religious jewelry as a gift, just make sure that you know the preferences of the recipient--knowing something as simple as whether he or she prefers yellow gold or white gold will make your gift more thoughtful and more wearable.

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