I don’t know about you, but I’ve been noticing something of a trend lately: Jewish stars popping up around people’s necks, dangling from their ears, and hugging their fingers. From Jack Antonoff rocking a big ole Jewish star necklace at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards to the woman standing next to me on the subway this morning with pretty little Jewish stars studding her ears, it seems that more and more people are embracing their Jewish identity by literally wearing it on their bodies.
While I can’t speak for everyone, I’m guessing a lot of people have been breaking out the Jewish stars as a direct response to the rise of neo-Nazism and anti-Semitic events in the US. We know that’s at least the case with Antonoff, according to his girlfriend, Lena Dunham:
Trivia: Jewish star ordered from Amazon the minute Nazis became a fucking mainstream thing again pic.twitter.com/71rnEUE8ZC
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 28, 2017
Wearing something that openly proclaims you’re Jewish is an easy way to make the statement that your identity is important to you and that you’re not afraid of the people marching through our streets, worried about us “replacing” them (gag). A simple necklace can shout loudly: We are here, and we’re not going anywhere.
I haven’t gotten any new Jewish star jewelry since my bat mitzvah, and while some fashion items from 1999 have made their way back to the popular table (looking at you, chokers), I thought it might be nice to update my cache of Jewy jewels. Here are 11 necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings I found that I think are pretty darn cute. Bonus: Most of these are mad cheap. Happy shopping!
Rose Gold Plated Pendant (Amazon, $12.99)
Simple, tasteful, and ever trendy in rose gold.
Jewish Star with Hamsa Gold Necklace (Amazon, $15.99)
Get two Jewish symbols for the price of one with this Jewish star and hamsa double whammy.
Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Star of David Necklace (Etsy, $28.00)
It’s a scientific fact that teeny tiny things are just the best. Squeeee!
Sideways Gold Jewish Star Necklace (Etsy, $34.00)
For the Jewish gal that’s a little bit left of center.
Etched Star of David Pattern Necklace (Jewish Museum Shop, $250)
For the big spenders among us, this is a unique take on the Jewish star, and quite lovely.
Rose Gold Jewish Star Little Finger Ring (Amazon, $9.21)
Give your pinky some love with this dainty find.
Gold Star of David Ring (Etsy, $31.20)
I love how this one hugs your finger. Awww.
Star of David Bracelet with Diamond Bezel (Amazon, $115.00)
This delicate bracelet has a simple Jewish star and a single diamond “beauty mark.”
Star of David Bracelet with Brown Wax Cord (Amazon, $10.00)
This bracelet is listed as for men and boys, though I don’t see why any human couldn’t wear this cute, handmade charm.
Silver Jewish Star Studs (Amazon, $15.60)
Simple and sweet. Tell me about it, stud.
Jewish Star Thread Earrings (Etsy, $13.50)
Let it all hang out with these threaders.
Main image via Instagram/Lena Dunham
Molly Tolsky is the editor of Alma and really can’t decide which of these to buy for herself.