925 Sterling Silver Solid Silver Pendant Chai cut out of the lower corner Length (including bail): 1 1/8" Width: 5/8" Comes on a "ball" style chain Available in 20", 24"...
14k yellow gold Chai inside a heart Length: 5/8" Width: 5/8" Comes on a box chain
This stunning necklace is made of Sterling Silver and black leather. It is a large double Chai with an oxidized finish that hangs from a braided black leather chain with a...
14k yellow gold Traditional Chai pendant with diamond cut accents Comes on 16" cable chain An elegant & dainty necklace that can be worn everyday! Chai measurements: Length (including bail):...
925 Sterling Silver Heart pendant with a Chai inside (thicker part) Length: 5/8" Width: 5/8" Comes with 18" Sterling Silver Box Chain
This stunning petite charm necklace has one puffed heart charm and one encircled Chai charm on it. The charms hang from a delicate link chain. The necklace is made of...
This adorable necklace is made of 925 Sterling Silver. Its a box chain with two charms dangling from it. One of our favorite necklaces among young girls, this lovely necklace...
This gorgeous dainty necklace has a small rose Chai that is pave set with 12 natural fully cut and sparkly white diamonds. The elegantly designed pendant hangs from a rose...
925 Sterling Silver Necklace with 2 charms on it (1) Modern Chai pendant with an oxidized finish (1) Peace Sign Comes on a box chain, available in 16" or 18'...
925 Sterling Silver Large and rugged Chai pendant Hangs from an 18" braided leather chain with a sterling silver clasp Pendant length: 1 1/8" (including bail) Pendant width: 1"
The word Chai means ‘alive’ or ‘living’. While the Hebrew word is ancient, the use of Chai as a symbol dates back to origins in medieval Spain, and its long history has made it one of the most prominent symbols of Judaism. The symbol represents the will to celebrate and safeguard the importance of life.
Themes of Chai appear throughout the Torah, most notably in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, as well as in the Shema prayer that is recited twice daily by those practicing Judaism.
The traditional act of ‘giving Chai’ involves the imparting of gifts in multiples of the number 18 in honor and commemoration of loved ones. This tradition gets its name because the Hebrew letters that make up Chai (Chet and Yud) add up to the number 18. Thus, giving gifts in multiples of 18 symbolizes giving the gift of ‘life’ to another and is considered to be good luck. Displaying the Chai symbol on a piece of jewelry is, therefore, believed to bring luck and long life to the wearer.
Like the Hamsa and the Star of David, the Chai symbol may be worn on a necklace or featured on a ring as a reminder of the importance of Chai and of living in the Jewish tradition. Chai represents a zest for life and the joy of Jewish identity. Chai necklaces are perfect for Bar or Bat Mitzvah gifts, where these coming of age rituals invite boys and girls to fully participate in their religious lives.
In addition to the customary Chai symbol pendant necklace, the symbol can also be oriented into the shape of a heart pendant, hung from a leather chain, or placed beside a peace sign pendant for some personalization. With a variety of styles to choose from, there is a Chai symbol necklace that will make a meaningful gift for every celebration of life.