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Global Spike in Silver Judaica

Global Spike in Silver Judaica

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Short article about silver judaica. what is judaica, and what kind of items are made in Silver Judaica.
Short article about silver judaica. what is judaica, and what kind of items are made in Silver Judaica.

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Global Spike In Silver Judaica
Understanding what Judaica is important, before knowing their significance. Judaica is anything that pertains to the Jewish religion-objects, art, literature, music and even recipes that are particular to therituals in Judaism. Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world with itscenter in Jerusalem but through the global spread of its followers, it has its branches in all parts of the world.These sophisticated art pieces which have been handcrafted in modern and traditionaldesigns. Most of the sculptural Hanukiahs depict different figurines while thecommon thread is that all have Eight Candles to celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah.More than that Judaica also includes winedecanters, Etrong boxes, Hanukahs, honey dishes, jewelry, Besamim sculptures, Yad torah pointers, liquor cups, menorahs, candlesticks, Mezuzzot and other objectsthat are used in the religious activities. Antique Judaicaare much in demand due to their beauty and there aremany replicas available.Sterling silver is used to craft innumerable objects in Judaica. It is analloy that has 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper and measured as925 for purity. Silver by itself is too soft to make large objects andthus is alloyed with other metals to provide it stability and ductility.To reduce casting problems and increasing resistance to tarnish whilein the process of manufacturing, silver is sometimes mixed with other metals like zinc, platinum and boron.The preferred metal is silver though there are objects crafted in goldand other precious metals with precious and semi precious stonesstudded. Sotheby has a separate auction for Judaica objects, due to theintense popularity as objects of religious interest and collectibles.Most of the objects are handcrafted in Filigree and hammering out designs in metal.The traditional designs include bunches of grapes, city of Jerusalem, Hebrew sacredwords, symbols and flora. There are many people whose love for Judaica makes themcollectors of this rare art.Most of the antique pieces of Judaica date back to the 16th to 19 th. century, andhave survived the ravages of time, making them even more precious than ever  before. The sanctity and reverence of these objects has increased over time whilemodern replicas have flooded the market. With highly skilled sculptors, these

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