BIBLE CUSTOMS AND CURIOSITIES (JEWELRY FOR THE NOSE AND ARM)

gold-jewelry

Because of Rebekah’s kindness to him, Abraham’s servant presented her with gifts of jewelry. The “earring” was actually a nose ring. The servant said later that he had put this piece of jewelry “upon her face” (Genesis 24:47).

It was common for women of Bible times wear none rings. They were generally about one to two inches in diameter. Made of silver of gold, they  were often inlaid with precious stones. The term shekel indicates the weight of the gold or silver in the nose ring (see note on Genesis 23:16). Isaiah 3:21 and Ezekiel 16:12 also refer to nose rings

Abraham’s servant also gave Rebekah two bracelets. Made of gold, silver, or bronze, these were worn by both men and women in Bible times. Sometimes the lower section of each arm was almost covered with bracelets. Bracelets are also referred to in Numbers 31:50 and Ezekiel 16:11; 23:42.

GENESIS 24:22- As the camels had done drinking. . .the man took a golden earring (gold nose ring,) of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekles weight of gold. 

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