What are the Special Stones of Israel and Where Do They Come From?
2. It’s naturally only found in the Timna Valley near Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city on the coast of the Red Sea and the place it was named after.
3. It’s sometimes also called “King Solomon Stone,” as some believe that Biblical descriptions of materials mined under King Solomon’s rule may in fact be referring to this particular beautiful stone.
4. Modern mining of it began around the middle of the 20th century.
8. You too can take home your own piece of Eilat Stone – check out incredible jewelry pieces incorporating this special stone, crafted by some of Israel’s top artists, as well as our top 15 handpicked favorites.
3. Israel happens to have a unique abundance of Roman Glass, due to having been a major glass-making center for the empire.
4. After being exposed to oxide and various minerals in the sandy Israeli soil for hundreds of years, the glass has developed a distinct, colorful upper layer called patina.
5. It’s the particular soil and climate in Israel that were the perfect conditions for both preserving the glass and forming this delicate, unique patina!
6. Shards of Roman Glass that were once likely part of water jugs or other vessels are today commonly incorporated into jewelry, giving them a new life and purpose, for a lucky wearer who gets to connect to ancient history from the Land of Israel.
7. Each piece of Roman Glass is unique, with its own shape and distinct coloring.
2. The Western Wall is built out of it – and it’s believed that the rest of the Holy Temple was as well.
3. Almost all buildings in Jerusalem, and many others all around Israel, are built using Jerusalem Stone! There is even a modern municipal law in Jerusalem requiring all buildings to be faced with it.
6. The stone is also the reason why Jerusalem is nicknamed “Jerusalem of Gold” – the setting sun reflects off the cream-colored hue of most of the stones found around the city, giving them a golden glow!
7. For a more in-depth look into this important stone that’s been the building block of Jerusalem for centuries, see our Jerusalem Stone blog post.
Look no further than our top 10 most stunning Jerusalem Stone gifts – from jewelry to ritual items to decorative sculptures, there’s something for every lover of Israel!