Tzivoni Shalom

December 2015
Sterling silver, amethyst

Despite its Hebrew name, this floral pendant may not first appear to be Judaica—but it hides a message of peace. A client came to me looking for a pendant for his girlfriend to put on a chain she already had. I asked him questions about the kind of person she is and the kinds of things she likes, and discovered that she likes jewelry that is subtly unconventional, deeply Jewish without being over-the-top, and that she has an affinity for tulips and the color purple.

I like tulips as well, and immediately thought of a graphical representation of a tulip using marquise and trillion shaped amethyst stones. The stones form a slightly abstracted Hebrew letter ש (shin), which by itself can be used to represent God as the initial letter of Shaddai. However, that Name means "The Almighty," and in this particular holiday season it seemed to me we could use an extra helping of peace rather than might. Fortunately, ש is also the inital letter in the word שלום (shalom, or "peace"). I created a stem and leaves for the tulip using the cursive letters lamed, vav and (final) mem, read from top-to-bottom (although slightly inaccurate in that they are vaguely arranged left-to-right instead of right-to-left).

The resulting pendant is a beautiful, glittering flower that greets people in shalom whether they can read it or not—a צבעוני שלום (tzivoni shalom), or tulip of peace.

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