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Silver Dreidels

Silver dreidels are made using a number of techniques including casting, filligree, sheet metal, hammering, engraving, punching, beating, cutting, assembly, soldering and welding.  Here are a few example created with a variety of techniques.

Silver Filigree Dreidel
Silver Filigree Dreidel   
This silver filigree dreidel is made in Israel by Ben Zion. Filigree is a metalsmithing technique where twisted threads, usually of gold and silver, are soldered together to form an object.  This dreidel is made of "925" sterling silver, an alloy of silver containing 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other metals, usually copper.  Apparently 99.9% pure silver is generally too soft for producing large functional objects, but sterling silver alloyed with copper has more strength while preserving the ductility of the silver and the high precious metal content. Width: 1 In., Height: 3 In. Weight: 0.03 Kg.  Price: $129.00 (as of 12/1/08).  Available from

Children's Dreidel
Children's Dreidel    
A boy and girl hold hands on the top of this dreidel which was engraved, latticed, punched, beaten, cut, and soldered by silversmith Oded Davidson.  Dimensions  H 2in x W 2.25in x D 2.25in.  Price: $120.00 (as of 12/1/08). Available from

Silver Dreidel
Sterling Silver Dreidel
This cast silver dreidel is hand-crafted with decorative edging by an Israeli silversmith.  Price:  $79.95 (as of 12/1/08). Available from

Designer Silver Dreidel
Designer Silver Dreidel
An oxidized heavy-weight silver dreidel designed by Seadia Nadav in the shape of a fig and
adorned with amethyst stones. The basic shape is likely fabricated via casting.  Measures 2" X 2". Price: $144.00 (as of 12/1/08).  Available from Zion Judaica.

Sterling Silver DreidelHow much does the most expensive dreidel cost?  Well, how much are you willing to pay?  This object d'art from craftsman Dan Givon on runs a cool $4,900.00.  

Of any single object, the Dreidel most exemplifies the history of the endurance of the Jewish people from destruction. The Dreidel, like the Jewish people, falls only to rise anew in strength, standing upright against all forces again and again. Israeli Dan Givon has designed this Dreidel in a powerful position standing forevermore upright, expressing the Jewish people's strength to eternally defy all forces of adversity, torment and destruction. The Dreidel is surrounded by a prayer blessing Hashem for our strength and existence.
I'm not sure how you know for sure if you have spun a gimel or a hay given the driedel's round cross section and the fact that it doesn't fall, but then the dreidel design is clearly more about symbolic reference, fine craftsmanship and good looks than about game play.