Have you seen the word MIZPAH engraved or embossed on a ring, pendant or brooch before? What does mizpah mean on jewellery? Usually found on antique design keepsake jewellery, Mizpah is a Hebrew word that means 'watchtower' and is loosely interpreted as 'May God watch over you.'
Mizpah jewellery is still worn as a token of love or friendship and became popular during the Victorian era with an emotive story behind it.
In the Book of Genesis, Jacob and Laban are given the wisdom to reconcile their differences, and live peacefully. As a symbol of their trust, they built a tower, a mizpah. Before parting, Laban salutes Jacob: 'The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent, one from another'.
What Does Mizpah Jewellery Symbolise Today?
Today Mizpah jewellery is still given to loved ones as a reminder that they are loved always, no matter where they are, apart or together.
Mizpah rings are usually worn by the loved one and can be engraved with an additional message of love from the person giving the ring.
Some Mizpah pendants are designed to split apart so each person can wear half of the pendant as a reminder of their love until they are together again.