We are so excited to announce that we have recently broken the world record for the most valuable dreidel in the world.
Why we Created this Dreidel?
Estate Diamond Jewelry has been collecting important jewelry and rare vintage engagement rings for over 40 years. To date, we have one of the rarest vintage engagement ring collections in the world. We are really passionate about history. That’s one of the reasons that we started our company. It’s also the reason that we were so driven to create this dreidel.
The inspiring message of Chanukah (aka Hanukkah) has always resonated with us and we love whimsical jewelry, so naturally, we have always tried to get our hands on an important antique dreidel to add to the collection.
A few months ago, however, we decided that we wanted to create our dream-dreidel all by ourselves, inspired by the vintage jewelry that we have in our collection.
We had no idea how fun this journey would be.
The Inspiration Behind the Design
Before handcrafting this dreidel, we searched through 100’s of dreidel designs. Most of the contemporary deviations didn’t seem faithful enough to the “classic dreidel design” and so we decided that we would have to try to find the design inspiration ourselves.
We wanted the symmetrical and balanced lines – highly characteristic of the Art Deco Era – to be the dominant design factor. The indented edges of the faces, the sharp diagonal lines of the pavilion, and the straight top are strong themes of the Art Deco Era. The final design was heavily inspired by the Chrysler Building (which is only a few blocks away from our showroom).
The diamond-encrusted script of the Hebrew characters (Nun, Gimmel, Hey, and Shin) are formal and are more similar to the Hebrew characters found in the Torah Scroll than the characters typically used in traditional modern Hebrew writing.
The bottom of the Dreidel has a rounded bezel (instead of a squared bezel) in order to heighten the important 4.20-carat diamond that is set within.
Winning The Guinness World Record
As of November 27th, our dreidel was officially recognized by Guinness World Record as the most valuable dreidel in the world.
It has been a very high honor receiving this title. It has been one of our greatest accomplishments in 2019.
The Guinness World Record also sent a crew to film and document the story of our dreidel. We had so much fun working with them. The Guinness World Record is a great organization and their staff is incredible!
Click here to view the official record at the Guinness World Record website.
The History of Chanukah
The story of Chanukah took place over 2200 years ago. Israel was ruled by the Syrian-Greeks, who tried to force the People of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs instead of mitzvah observance and belief in God.
A tiny group of Jews, led by Yehudah (Judah) the Maccabee, defeated the Greeks and drove them from the land. The Maccabees reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, which had been completely ransacked, and rededicated it to the service of God.
When they sought to light the Temple’s Menorah, they found only a single jug of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks. Miraculously, they lit the menorah and the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days.
Click here to learn more about Chanukah.
What is a Dreidel?
The traditional Chanukah dreidel heralds to the times when the Greek armies of King Antiochus controlled Israel, and before they were defeated by the Maccabees. The powerful regime passed a series of laws outlawing the study of the Torah. The Jews were compelled to take their Torah learning into secrecy.
Jewish children resorted to learning Torah in outlying areas and forests. It is said that if a Greek patrol passed by they would quickly pull out the dreidel and pretend to be in the middle of a game.
The rules of dreidel are very simple. Everyone playing puts 1 unit in the center. The first player spins the Dreidel and the side that is facing upwards determines what he needs to do.
- Nun – Absolutely nothing happens
- Gimel – You get to take the whole pot!
- Hey – You get to take half of the pot. Leave the odd item there.
- Shin – You put a unit into the middle pot
Fun Trivia about Our Dreidel
There are so many elements that make this dreidel special. Here are some of the more noteworthy pieces of trivia.
- We started building and handcrafting this dreidel at the beginning of August in 2019. It took almost 4 months to complete.
- The diamond at the bottom of the dreidel is a high-quality 4.20-carat round brilliant-cut diamond with a GIA certificate (M Color and VS2 Clarity).
- There are 222 modern round brilliant diamonds inlaid into the Hebrew letters on each face of the dreidel.
- The dreidel is a lot larger than a typical commercially-available dreidel and stands 10.8cm high off the ground.
- The body of the dreidel is made from 18k yellow gold. The letters are made with 18k white gold.
- The design of the dreidel was inspired by the Chrysler Building in New York, which is only a few blocks away from the Estate Diamond Jewelry Showroom.
If you have any questions or comments about our dreidel (or you want more pictures), please feel free to contact us.
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