Hoshen (Breastplate) Necklace

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Large Hoshen Necklace

This is a beautifully crafted large Hoshen Necklace with Stones representing the Twelve Tribes of Israel.

The Hoshen pendant, also know as Urim VeTumim, has 12 colorful crystals representing the 12 Tribes of Israel.  Hoshen refers to the sacred breastplate worn by the Jewish high priest as stated in the Exodus. According to Biblical description, the Hoshen contains 12 specific stones, each stone representing one of the Twelve Tribes.

The color of each Tribe’s stone became the identifying banner colors for that tribe. One of the biggest mysteries of the Hoshen is its original stone composition. Although the Bible identifies the stones of the Hoshen by name, these names have not been used since Biblical times and scholars have been unable to translate them.

As for the Tribes, it is as follows:  (Biblical Stone - Stone Color - Tribe)

  • Odem - Red - Reuben
  • Pitdah - Green -Simeon
  • Bareketh - White, Black, Red - Levi
  • Jophek  - Sky Blue - Judah
  • Sappir - Dark Blue - Issachar
  • Yahalom - Clear - Zebulun
  • Leshem - - Blue - Dan
  • Shebo - Gray - Gad
  • Ahlamah - Pink - Naphtali
  • Tarshish - Yellow - Assher
  • Shoham  - Black - Joseph
  • Yashpheh - Speckled Stone - Benjamin

Pendant measures aprox. 2 inches X 1.5 inches; Chain Length: 22 inches

Made in Israel

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