The treasures of the Land of Israel

date: 7/19/2011

Israel is a country rich with ancient archaeological treasures. Being so widespread in Israel, common archaeological items such as coins, glass vessels etc. can be legally traded (with a state license)

Here at "Ophir Jewelry", our connection to archaeology began with grandpa Yosef Lor who started collecting and trading archeological items back at the end of the Ottoman period and the beginning of the British Mandate.

His son, Avraham Lor, shared his father's passion for archaeology so he continued collecting archeological artifacts and started integrating Roman glass and ancient coins in to jewelry. To this day, Avraham and his son Sefi keep designing and manufacturing various and unique jewelry items.

Archaeological coins

All the great empires have left their mark in the Holy Land - the Persian Empire, the Greek- Hellenistic, the Roman Empire and many others.

The coins they have left behind are one of the major tools used in ancient history research both worldwide and in Israel. They provide information about the reign of an emperor or a king and, sometimes, even about the exact date that the coin was minted.

During the reign of the Greek and the Roman Empires, Jewish Hasmonaean kings ruled the region. They began the independent minting of the 'Jewish coins'. The significant minting began around 127 BC by the Hasmonaean king Yehohanan (John) Hyrcanus the 1st and lasted almost four hundred years - until the Bar –Cochba rebellion that ended in 135 AD.

Many of the symbols that appear on the archaeological Jewish coins can now be found on the Israeli currency of our time.

The integration of archaeological coins in various jewelry items provides a different and unique touch to the jewelry by combining ancient history with beautiful and unique designs .Here at "Ophir jewelry", we believe that it is a special feeling to wear a jewel that incorporates an item hundreds or even thousands of years old !

Roman glass

Glass vessels such as plates ,bottles ,vases and even glass jewelry were quite common in ancient times and were used on a daily basis.

The value of antique glassware may vary from item to item depending on a number of factors: shape and origin, condition, rarity, color.

The colored layer on the glass is called "patina" (usually appears in shades of blue and green) and it is the result of a chemical reaction formed deep underground for centuries.

Throughout Israel, hundreds of thousands of ancient glass fragments were found. Having no archaeological value, they can be used in various jewelry designs.

Clay lamps and vessels

Pottery was among the first crafts invented by man. Clay vessels were very widespread and commonly used as they were answering the basic, every day needs such as lighting, food and drink preparation and food storage.

The most common vessel in biblical times was a 60 to 80 cm high jar that was mainly used for the storage of water, wine, oil or dry foods such as olives, dried figs and wheat.

Oil lamps

At first, the oil lamp, used in homes and places of worship was no more than an oil filled, simple ceramic bowl with a thread that was lit for illumination.

During the Hellenistic period the closed lamp began to develop .It had an elongated nozzle and a hollow body with an opening.
Most ancient lamps are made from clay, but there were also candles made ​​of metal and glass.

Ceramic Jewish oil lamps can be identified by the typical for the Second Temple period Jewish ornaments.

Israel’s amazing history speaks to us through its various archaeological treasures. Visiting and shopping on provides you the rare opportunity of purchasing authentic ancient items from one of Jerusalem’s most known and respectable establishments. 

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