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Add Value To Your Silver Judaica Collection

 

The term Judaica is a blanket name for any product of the Jewish
religion, and silver Judaica is the term for the physical products for
uses in direct Judaism religious practices and ceremonial events. As in
the past, the Jewish ritual objects of Silver Judaica are found in most
all practicing Jewish religious homes along with the many Synagogues
everywhere. These many Silver Judaica objects are literally as important
to the Jewish religious practices and ceremonial events as are the
Judaic religious events themselves. The Silver Judaica object is
believed to grace and embellish every ceremony the objects are
associated with. Silver Judaica is a hand crafted work of art and beauty
along with a specific Judaic religious association.
The term Judaica is a blanket name for any product of the Jewish
religion, and silver Judaica is the term for the physical products for
uses in direct Judaism religious practices and ceremonial events.
Although these many specific religious items are almost always made of
pure silver, they are at times also silver plated or made of gold and
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Silver Judaica has a historical reaching as far back as the very first
synagogues of Judaism and are spoken of in the Old Testament. Silver
Judaica has very few pieces out there today before the 16th century and
most of any precious Silver Judaica items of the 17th, 18th and 19th
centuries are either in art museums or owned by private collectors
throughout the world.

As in the past, the Jewish ritual objects of Silver Judaica are found in
most all practicing Jewish religious homes along with the many
Synagogues everywhere. These many Silver Judaica objects are literally
as important to the Jewish religious practices and ceremonial events as
are the Judaic religious events themselves. This concept is betterjewish wedding gifts
understood when knowing what the religious ceremonial objects are and
how each specific object is a participating part of each ceremony. The
Silver Judaica object is believed to grace and embellish every ceremony
the objects are associated with.

Silver Judaica is a hand crafted work of art and beauty along with a
specific Judaic religious association. They are made by the gentle yet
knowledgeable expertized artists from almost every continent. The
specific techniques and requirements of Silver Judaica arts are passed
on down throughout many family generations. Although the art its self is
highly religious, the beauty of the artistic objects continue to be in
high demand outside of the Judaic religion and ceremonial events. Many
of these items are so precious, that Christie’s and Sotheby auctions
have their very own ‘Silver Judaica’ catalogs for those who collect
older and rare Silver Judaica objects. Collectors may or may not be
Judaic followers of the Jewish religion, many whom collect are in it for
the exquisite rarity and beauty of the objects.

Some of the more recent Silver Judaica items up for auction are Kiddish
cups, Hanukkah Lamps, Torah decorations, Judaica trays and spice towers
along with several other treasured objects before the 19th century.
Elegant and artistic they make excellent gifts and can be passed on
through the generations as heirlooms also.

Jewellery Are Precious

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Jewels have two properties that are useful for watchmakers – they are hard and therefore wear very slowly, and secondly they can be worked to a very smooth finish. These properties relate directly to their function in watchmaking – reducing friction.
As we all know, there are a lot of moving parts inside a mechanical watch (although analogue quartz watches will also have jewels), and the key to an accurate and efficient movement is to minimise friction. In order to achieve this, the tolerances on wheels and gears are extremely tight, ensuring that the teeth interlock as smoothly as possible. Clearly any flaw on the axle or stem of a wheel will be magnified on the edge of the wheel where the teeth are and it is therefore vitally important to have the arbours move as smoothly as possible. By fitting the arbour or shaft into a doughnut shaped jewel this smoothness can be maintained as the hole in the jewel can have smoother sides than if the hole had metal sides.
Additionally, if the metal shaft were fitted directly into a hole in a metal bridge or plate, the two metals would wear against one another over time and make the hole larger, thereby disturbing the balance of the shaft and increasing friction. It would also do damage that couldn’t be repaired. By setting the doughnut shaped jewel in the holes in the bridges and plates and then fitting the shaft or arbour into the hole in the doughnut the two metal surfaces never touch one another and therefore cannot wear.
These doughnut shaped jewels have their surfaces shaped and finished in such a way that the oil that is used on all of these moving parts is held where it is needed rather than spreading across the jewel surface.
Doughnut shaped jewels (technically hole jewels) are not the only jewels that are used in watches. There are also cap jewels (often referred to as end stones – especially if diamonds are used), which affix to the end of shafts but do not have holes drilled right through them. These are often used in conjunction with hole jewels and prevent movement of the axle up and down. An example of a cap jewel is the end of the balance shaft.
There are also pallet jewels – these roughly rectangular jewels fit on the pallet fork (one on each side) and are the part that actually engages with the escape wheel to control the rate of the movement. Finally there is a roller jewel (impulse pin) that is on the balance wheel and engages with the other end of the pallet fork to rock the fork back and forth.