Yemenite jewelry is characteristic in that it is made of many little pieces of silver, gold or metal connected together or twisted silver wire Filigree. It is said that Jews arrived in Yemen on escorting the Queen of Sheba king David’s wife home to Africa, where they stayed for more than 2000 years. In Yeman many Jews worked as silversmiths and Jewelry makers. The craft was passed down from father to son and children started as apprentices twisting the silver into shape at a very early age.
“In Yemen , a person who wanted a piece of jewelry would give five silver coins to the silversmith. Three coins were melted for the jewel itself and the two other coins were the jeweler’s fee.” says Ben-Zion David in his site www.yemenite-art.com. You can visit Ben-Zion David’s studio in Jaffa and participate in one of his workshops.