In Judaism, we beautify objects used to perform Mitzvot or commandments. This is to show that the commandment is beloved to us. One of the ways we can show our devotion to the commandments and respect for the Torah is to beautify the Torah scroll itself with different sterling silver ornaments. One of the most commonly used ornaments are Judaica Rimonim.
Rimonim are often made of silver, with gemstones and bells hanging off the sides. They are usually hollow, at least in the bottom section, which is placed over the top part of the wooden Torah handles, also known as the Etz Chaim. Rimonim serve as works of Jewish art.
When selecting a set of Rimonim, there are a number of options available. Since the Rimonim are silver, and especially 925 sterling silver, you can have practically anything engraved in them. The tops of the Rimonim can have objects such as Jewish Stars and crowns as well as lions. The most common engravings are of Jerusalem and vines. In addition, they can also be molded into different shapes and have names, such as those of the 12 tribes of Israel engraved or molded into them. It is very common for molded Rimonim to be shaped like flames. For those who would like to be original, you can also purchase Rimonim that are in the shape of an object related to Judaism, such as the Star of David.
For those who would like Rimonim that are more affordable, there are Rimonim made of wood. These are often made of olive tree wood or cedar, mainly because of their pleasant smell. You can have Jerusalem engraved or written on the Rimonim, from names to verses from the Torah. Rimonim are a great way to honor a relative because you can have their names memorialized on them and thereby show respect in a way that will be recognized for generations. Display your Rimonim in your Jewish home or give them as a gift for a Jewish wedding.