Monday, June 29, 2009

The meaning of SEVEN

People ask me what is the meaning of SEVEN in 7ART Jewelry. Well here is the story...

When I started my crochet jewelry line I needed a name for the brand. I am aware of the fact that most jewelers simply use their name, and I guess it works for them. But it just wasn't me. I don't know, maybe the reason was that it's not about me. After it is created, each piece has its own "life", will belong to its unique owner, and hopefully will make this special person happy.
So, for a long time I was looking for a name with meaning. A meaning that will unite a sparkle of beauty with uniqueness and individuality. And then my husband and I thought of SEVEN...the connection was immediate! The feeling was right.

SEVEN represent many different unique meanings in various fields of life starting from art, religion through science, and astronomy.
SEVEN has many different meanings for different people, from different places and periods.
For us, SEVEN represents the uniqueness and singularity of each and everyone. It reminds us of that divine sparkle that exists in all of us – the sparkle I try to reflect in my jewelry.
I try to produce jewelry that combines different cultures, styles and techniques.
Each piece is unique, just like its future owner, and was born with love to make our lives brighter and happier.

...some great facts about this amazing number:
  • SEVEN is a natural number following 6 and preceding 8.
  • There are SEVEN colors of the rainbow.
  • SEVEN is the number of spots on a common ladybug.
  • SEVEN Liberal Arts.
  • The SEVEN days of the week.
  • SEVEN Wonders of the ancient world
  • SEVEN Sages
  • SEVEN is the number of stellar objects in the solar system visible to the naked eye — the Sun, the Moon and the five classical naked eye planets: Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn.
  • According to Buddhist legend, after his birth Buddha rose to his feet and took SEVEN steps
  • SEVEN is the number of chakras.
  • SEVEN is the minor symbol number of yang from the Taoist yin-yang.
  • SEVEN is the lucky number in many cultures
  • The SEVEN virtues are humility, liberality, chastity, kindness, abstinence, patience, and diligence.
  • Bushido or "way of the warrior" is a Japanese code of conduct comprising SEVEN Virtues
  • The heptagram, or SEVEN-pointed star is a traditional symbol for warding off evil
  • In the vision of the apocalypse described in the Biblical book of Revelations there are SEVEN churches of Asia, SEVEN candlesticks, SEVEN stars, SEVEN trumpets, SEVEN spirits before the throne of God, SEVEN horns, SEVEN vials, SEVEN plagues, a SEVEN-headed monster, and the lamb with SEVEN eyes
  • SEVEN is a highly symbolic number in the Jewish religion and tradition, alluding to the infusion of spirituality and Godliness into the creation:
    God rested on and sanctified the SEVENTH day (Shabbat); SEVEN days of mourning (Shiv'a); a SEVEN-day purification period; there are SEVEN days of Passover and Sukkot; SEVEN blessings are recited under the chuppah during a Jewish wedding ceremony, and the bride and groom are feted with SEVEN days of festive meals after their wedding, known as Sheva Berachot ("SEVEN Blessings"); the number of Ushpizzin (also known as the " SEVEN Shepherds") who visit the sukkah during the holiday of Sukkot: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, and David; and there are more...
  • In Christianity there are:
    the SEVEN Sacraments in the Catholic faith; the SEVEN Joys and Sorrows of the Virgin Mary; SEVEN Corporal Acts and Seven Spiritual Acts of Mercy; the SEVEN last words (or seven last sayings) of Jesus on the cross; the SEVEN Virtues: chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, kindness, patience, and humility; the SEVEN deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and pride; the SEVEN terraces of Mount Purgatory (one per deadly sin);
    and there are more...
  • In Islam there are:
    SEVEN is the number of ayat in surat al-Fatiha; the number of heavens in Islamic tradition; the number of Earths; the number of circumambulations (Tawaf) that are made around the Kaaba in Mecca; SEVEN is the number of walks between Al-Safa and Al-Marwah mountains -that is travelling back and forth - SEVEN times during the ritual pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah; SEVEN is the number of fires in hell; SEVEN is the number of doors to heaven and to hell
    and there are more...

...So I hope you all agree with me now - 7ART is just a perfect name...


  1. Love the name!!! I had learned so much, Thanks for sharing.
    It really is the perfect name. Plus from the design and marketing point of view, there so much you can do with the combination of number and letter. It's so unique.

  2. Hi Ilana!
    I loved finding out all the different references to the number 7. My husband played soccer most of his life and chose the number 7. All my children started off in sports with 7 on their jerseys (became a family number!) I knew the christian and jewish symbolism of it but was quite interested in hearing all the others! Amazing!

  3. Awesome description of your creative process. Your jewelry is unique and wonderful. I like 8's.

  4. Wonderful description of your creative process. Your jewelry is unique and gorgeous. I like 8's.


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