The menorah has been a symbol of Judaism since ancient times and is the emblem on the coat of arms of the modern state of Israel. It is described in the Bible as the ancient Hebrew lamp stand made of pure gold and used in the portable sanctuary set up by Moses in the wilderness and later in the Temple in Jerusalem. Fresh olive oil of the purest quality was burned daily to light its lamps. These antique-silver metal charms have been treated with a protective coating to help prolong their shiny finish. The stainless steel earwires are nickel-free and lead-free.