The Chai is one of the more popular Judaica symbols. Chai which is represented by the number 18 in Jewish numerology translates to "life" or "living". The Chai signifies a long life and Chai jewelry is powerful on its own and can often be found interwoven with other Jewish symbols like a Star of David or Tree of life. Chai necklaces in both gold and silver make great bar-mitzvah gifts and Chai bracelets are great bat-mitzvah gifts!
14k yellow gold Modern and smooth Chai pendant Length (including bail): 7/8" Width: 1/2"
14k Yellow Gold Chai pendant smooth ribbon Length (including bail): 3/4" Width: 5/8"
14k yellow gold Double Chai pendant Chai outline with brushed finish Made in Israel Length (including bail): 13/16" Width: 9/16"
14k Yellow Gold Modern Chai, high polish border matte center Small with ornate bail Length (including bail): 7/8" Width: 3/8"
14k yellow gold Square pendant with horizontal gold bars Chai in the center Made in Israel Length (including bail): 1 1/8" Width: 11/16"
925 Sterling Silver Chai in the center One triangle has a brushed finish Length (including bail): 1" Width: 5/8"
925 Sterling Silver Smooth large Chai pendant Length (including bail): 15/16" Width: 3/4"
925 Sterling Silver Chai pendant with textured oxidized finish Length (including finish): 7/8" Width: 13/16"
925 Sterling Silver Nugget style Chai with oxidized finish Length (including bail): 1 1/8" Width: 3/16"
925 Sterling Silver Modern Chai Pendant Length (including bail): 7/8" Width: 3/4"
This gorgeous pendant is made of 925 Sterling Silver. It is a large and solid Chai pendant. The chai is written in a modern font with clean lines that is...
This elegant Chai is made of 925 Sterling Silver. It is written in a unique and stylish font. It is solid and substantial and beautifully made. It is one of...
925 Sterling Silver Chai on one side, Mazal on the other side Solid and oxidized Length (including bail): 1 3/8" Width: 15/16" Recommended Chain: Silver Popcorn Chain
925 Sterling Silver Modern Chai in a circle Diamond cut accents Length (including bail): 1" Width: 5/8" Recommended Chain: Cable Chain
925 Sterling Silver Chai Pendant with "Ani Le Dodi" and "V'dodi Li" written around it Length (including bail): 1" Width: 7/8" Recommended Chain: Cable Chain
14k yellow gold Modern squared off Chai pendant Length (including bail): 3/4" Width: 3/4"
14k yellow gold Oval shaped locket that opens Chai written on one side, Shadai on the other Yemenite filigree design Length (including bail): 1 1/4" Width: 11/16" Recommended Chain: Thick...
14k yellow gold Hamsa pendant with white gold Chai on it 1 fully cut and polished natural white diamond in the center of the chai Made in israel Total carat...
14k yellow gold Traditional Chai in an elegant circle frame, textured finish Length (including bail): 3/4" Width: 9/16" Recommended Chain: 14k Box Chain
This lovely small Chai is made of 14k yellow and white gold. The center of the Chai is white gold and has 8 fully cut and polished diamonds set in...
This gorgeous pendant is made of 14k yellow gold. It is a scroll shaped pendant with a Chai on the front. The chai is in white gold and has 8...
14k yellow gold Signet style ring with Chai in the center Filigree border Face of the ring measures 1/2" by 3/8" Ring is available in size 4-8 Please contact us...
14k yellow gold Outline of Chai, very smooth Length (including bail): 13/16" Width: 1/2"
14k yellow gold Solid Chai, beautifully finished on both sides Length (including bail): 5/8" Width: 7/16"
14k yellow & white Gold Chai with brushed finish on top of Star of David Handmade in Israel Length (including bail): 1" Width: 5/8"
14k yellow & white gold Yellow gold background 12 fully cut and polished natural white diamonds set in white gold Total carat weight: 0.14 carats Length (including bail): 5/8" Width:...
This elegant Chai pendant has 11 natural white diamonds that are prong set in the pendant. The total carat weight of the diamonds is 1/4 carat. The pendant is...
Many people are familiar with the traditional Jewish toast, l’chaim, and many may even know that it translates as “to life” in English. It is less known, however, that the word Chai carries an important symbolism in Judaism and Jewish culture. Chai, referring to the concept of living, originates in the Hebrew word for life. For this reason, the Hebrew letters of the word are used as a visual motif that represent long life and prosperity. These letters also add up to the number 18, which has a longstanding history in Jewish numerology. Giving 18 gifts, or the multiples of 18, such as 36, is culturally appropriate in Judaism. It is often referred to as “giving life,” which refers to the Chai symbol's original meaning.
Giving the Chai symbol as a gift expresses good wishes and carries the giver’s wish of long life and happiness to the recipient. For this reason, jewelry marked with the Chai symbol is appropriate for many occasions. Medallions, either as a Chai pendant or in combination with the Star of David, can express an affirmation of life for those fighting with an illness. The palm shaped Hamsa pendants with the Chai symbol can be perfect gifts for expecting mothers and new parents. These two powerful symbols of Jewish heritage combine a wish for life and protection against evil.
Yet Chai jewelry and its symbolic meaning is not only for women. The masculine version of Chai, Chayim, can be expressed in signet rings and cuff-links. These, along with pendants, are very popular presents for men, as they express good wishes for the wearer as well as remind them to the significance of keeping Israel and Jewish traditions alive. Referring to the resiliency of Jewish people and Judaism, Chai developed a particular meaning in the 20th century as a response to the Holocaust. The symbolism of Chai reinforces the continuity of the Jewish faith and people from ancient times to contemporary society.
The meaning of Chai permeates Jewish culture as it carries within it the wish of longevity. For this reason, jewelry bearing the symbol of Chai will always be a welcome present. Wishing good, long, and prosperous life to our loved ones, friends, and even our business associates is a sentiment well received and appreciated. Mezuzah pendants with the symbol of Chai can be the perfect gift for the first home-buyers or young people moving away from their families for the first time. Chai jewelry is also a good gift option to non-Jewish people. Selecting the right style of Chai jewelry that fits the recipient’s taste is just as important as sharing the symbolism of Chai. Wishing long life unto another person will create a bond that lasts forever.