History of Mizpah jewellery
Mizpah and specifically Mizpah jewellery which is what this article is focusing on, has been around for literally centuries.
The term Mizpah is found in the Bible in Genesis Chapter 31, Verse 49 that refers to Mizpah as a watchpost, symbolising a place of sanctuary. It refers to when Jacob and Laban agree atÂ GileadÂ to a Godsent peace, and they build a memento of stone and named it like their wise covenant MIZPAH, saying,Â â€œThe Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another”.
Over the years, and indeed centuries, the term Mizpah has been looked upon as that will give good fortune a safe return for those that are apart. It does not refer to any monetary gains as other sayings, amulets or talismans may have, but rather safe being and safe passage.
Not surprisingly then, Mizpah jewellery found popularity during the Victorian era â€“ an era of romance and desire. Since this was an era of great exploration and travel over vast distances, many pieces of Mizpah jewellery was made. Indeed, some superb Victorian era Mizpah jewellery can be found, most commonly in the form of rings and brooches. These rings will always have inscribed the word Mizpah, and some will often have the full meaning inscribed as well.
Two examples of Mizpah brooches. The one on the left is in rose gold from the Art Nouveau era of 1895, and the other is sterling silver and hallmarked for 1911. The silver one has both the word Mizpah and the meaning. Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
During both the Boer War and World War I Mizpah jewellery found a small resurgence for some of the men who went off to war, to wish them a safe passage back.
Mizpah jewellery is one that is steeped in tradition, and for anyone who is a romantic, nostalgic or just wants a piece of antique jewellery with meaning behind it, then look no further that wearing a piece of Mizpah jewellery.