Chai Bracelets

The symbol Chai has so many meanings and interpretations and dates all the way back to the 18th century. While people now recognize it from the toast “L’Chaim” which means “to Life,” it actually has Kabbalistic roots and originated in Spain. The Chai symbol can also serve as a personalized gift for anyone with the name Chaya or Chaim! Check out our beautiful Kabbalah style red and turquoise leather chai bracelets or our sterling Chai link bracelets.



 

Chai Bracelets

The Chai bracelet is beaded in multiples of eighteen, the number which denotes Chai in the Hebrew alphabet. Chai translates to "Life," and true to its name, the Chai bracelet is thought to bestow the wearer with luck or with life. The symbol is commonly engraved onto rings or necklaces in hopes of blessing its wearer with these gifts, and it is common Judaic practice to bestow one another with "gifts of Chai"–dollar bills, coins, or other monetary items in multiples of eighteen.

Even better are gifts of double-chai, or rather, money as a multiple of the number thirty-six. It is considered good practice to donate these gifts to those in need, or to grant them to individuals as a means of celebration. Although the letter itself originates from the Hebrew alphabet, the meaning of the symbol and its powerful presence in art and culture can be traced back to medieval Spain. Its use as a protective amulet or a good luck charm is more easily traced to 18th century Eastern Europe. Chai is easily coupled with other symbols for greater effect, as demonstrated with our Hamsa Charm Chai Bracelet. However, the Chai symbol also has immense meaning of its own. To accentuate this, we offer different variations of the Chai symbol and different types of bands to showcase the Chai charm. Whether the wearer prefers sterling silver or a colored band, the effect of the Chai symbol is no different. In this fashion, we hope to showcase the individuality of each bracelet, an individuality which is reflected in its wearer.

The Chai bracelet is a piece of history, of culture, of luck, and of individual importance. It is the product of a belief that has been passed down throughout centuries, from place to place, and from generation to generation.