Choshen Breastplate traditional ceremonial High priest attire has been entrenched into messianic jewish jewelry and home decor in various formats over the years. They are very popular as pendants, but are also available in the form of rings and earrings. These fashion items, and many more, are readily available in Israel jewelry stores. They are significant not only because of their beauty, but also as vital reminder of God’s Covenant with the Children of Israel, which was important in the later beginnings of Christianity.
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God instructed Moses to “fashion a breastplate for making”. It was a time when the people of Israel built the Ark of the tabernacle to store the tables of the law. (Ten Commandments) This breastplate, made of purest gold and containing four rows of three precious stones each, was supposed to personify the 12 clans of the nation of Israel; each tribe noted by the particular color of the stone, which was derived from the flag or banner of each tribe.
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The importance of this ceremonial cloth embroidered with precious stones, including sapphire, emerald, ruby, and diamond became known for its mystical aura as a symbol of an absolute show of faith in the early days of Christianity. Though not formally attributed to the Choshen breastplate, the idea of using precious and semi-precious may have been partially originated from this twelve stone breastplate.
Most of the precious stones in the Choshen are believed to possess magical and healing powers. The perceived beneficial attributes of these stones have in the recent years driven up the purchase and recreations of the ceremonial breastplate to popular levels never seen before. Most of these recreations for instance bracelets, neckless rase and earrings are made of silver with semi-precious versions of original stones such as diamond, sapphire, and Smaragd, due to cost and traditional reasons.