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Everything You Need to Know About Chai Jewelry

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The Chai, pronounced as ‘khai’ is a known Jewish and Hebrew word, symbol, amulet and a blessing. A symbol that was first seen in the Middle Ages in Spain became an integral part of Jewish symbolism. The meaning it holds is ‘life’ and in Jewish geometry it equals 18. All of those are just the basics of a long–time Jewish belief and symbol that remains to this day in the shape of beautiful, meaningful necklaces and pendants.

The following article will dive into the deeper meanings of ‘chai’, the various pendants and necklaces in the collection of the Israeli Center of Judaica and the different materials and designs available.

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Am Israel Chai!

Gold Chai Jewelry The famous sentence is one of the most triumphant phrases in Hebrew that regards the survival of the Jewish people all over the world in general and the Jewish population of Israel in particular. As you can see, the word holds a great meaning in Jewish folklore. Not only that, but the geometric meaning is great as well. The sum of the letters of the word ‘chai’ is 18, a holy number In Judaism already from the days of the holy temple.

It is a tradition to bless over drinks with the word ‘L’chaim!’ and on happy occasions. Because of the great meaning to the word, even in events that require a gift, it is a belief that a sum of money in the multiples of 18 is good luck!

Chai Jewelry

Because of the great meanings of Chai, it has become a symbol of happy life and good luck. With such tradition, high quality jewelry was just a matter of time. Like the star of David and many other Jewish symbols, the Chai symbol found itself fairly common in the shape of 14K gold Chai Jewelry. Because of the great meaning to the word as a blessing and what it represents, it is very common to see Israeli Citizens and Jewish people from all over the world carrying on their chest a necklace with the Chai pendant in the form of sterling silver chai pendants for example.

Various Designs

Chai and Star of David PendantThe chai pendant is a versatile Jewish symbol to combine with other symbols on jewels. A very common combination is the ‘Chai’ letters interwoven with the star of David, like this Chai and Star of David Pendant or with some element that attributes the city of Jerusalem. While the ‘Chai’ can stand on its own as a beautiful piece to wear around your neck, the more symbols combined with it, the more meaning, blessing and luck are attributed to the Chai.

Gems and Metals

You can find chai jewelry pendants in various metals. The most common one is gold Chai jewelry. The more affordable version is sterling silver chai jewelry. Silver is much more affordable than gold, but it doesn’t mean it holds little value.

 Sterling silver is pure silver 925 that has been reprocessed and polished, turning those pendants into high-quality silver chai jewelry necklaces.

In addition to all of those, when combining two Jewish symbols or more, it is very common to combine another metal or precious gems. For example, in the collection of the Israeli center of Judaica you can find a Chai pendant combined with the star of David, dotted gently and elegantly with small diamonds and various gems.

A Chai Jewelry is the Perfect Gift

First of all, the legal age of adulthood in Israel is 18. From this age and onwards, the Israeli citizen becomes fully responsible for his life and future. There are many important milestones on the way to adulthood. One will go through full military service, end of high school, world traveling and many more. In celebration of all of these, many parents and friends buy their loved ones sterling silver chai jewelry or 14K gold Chai necklace with diamonds, so they will have good luck, good life and good health; no matter what path they are walking.

Price Range

The price range for the lucky charm starts from the most affordable one and all the way to straight up luxurious pieces of jewelry. You may find affordable Sterling silver chai jewelry for 30 dollars and all the way up to two thousand dollars.

The prices vary due to the core material and the amount of it being used in each jewelry. The more it is made of gold, which is usually 14 karats, the price will go up.

Importance of Chai Chains for Men

Importance of Chai Chains for Men It may sound like a minor detail, but silver chai pendants, or golden ones, are highly affected by the chains upon which it’s hanging. Why? In Israeli tradition, the chai on a man’s chest is considered to be very manly, or as you say in Yiddish ‘mensch!’. A big part of the mensch characteristics a chai silver necklace gets comes from the chain. That is why it is very important to choose a chain that is as gentle or as bold as the chai pendant which hangs from it.

The Deeper Meaning

So, what does it mean to carry the numeric value of 18 on our chest? What does it mean to carry the word ‘life’ wherever we go? The simplest answer is the correct one. It is a Jewish symbol that represents a period of time. It is a charm that stands, glorifies and wishes life and luck wherever we go. It is a representation of religious values and a testament to one’s own values.

What Else?

Other than silver chai necklaces and pendants, there are many more variations of the ‘chai’ symbol as jewelry. There are cufflinks, earrings and even good luck bracelets!

Browse the full ICOJ Jewish Chai Jewelry collection

The Israeli Center of Judaica

The Israeli Center of JudaicaIt is very easy to get lost in between all of the various molds, pendants and necklaces that already exist in the jewelry market. From rose gold to silver – the Israeli Center of Judaica offers many various designs, styles and materials to the lucky charm. In our website, you will find the exclusive collection of chai jewelry pendants and necklaces by Avi Nadav.

From different designs to combinations with diamonds, Nadav’s collection of Chai necklaces is available.

The Israeli center of Judaica is a home for Jewish artwork, so don’t be surprised if you find many more creations and jewelry.

Browse the full Avi Nadav Jewelry Collection

Closing Words

The article before you came to shed light about one of the most common Jewish jewelry that comes in the shape of necklaces and pendants. As you can see, in Judaism symbols and amulets have great meaning and there many features attributed to such symbols. The chai necklace goes a shocking long way back into history, from the days of the holy temple; all the way to the Middle Ages and our modern times. ‘Am Israel Chai’ is that point exactly: the Jewish people have been through a lot, and in spite of all the challenges on the way to modern times, Judaism survived and prospered. The Jewish belief of the Israeli people shines, through many symbols and traditions.

For any question on the matter, we urge you to use our website and contact us. The Israeli Center of Judaica will be more than happy to answer your questions and update the various collections of chai jewelry and Judaica products.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Chai jewelry makes a meaningful gift for many occasions in Jewish culture, including: – Bar or Bat Mitzvahs: When a young person becomes a full member of the Jewish community at age 13 (boys) or 12 (girls), Chai jewelry can be a traditional gift to commemorate the occasion. – Weddings: Chai jewelry can be given as a gift to a bride or groom to wish them a happy and prosperous life together. – Birthdays: Chai jewelry can be a thoughtful and meaningful gift for someone’s birthday. – Anniversaries: Chai jewelry can be a symbolic gift to celebrate a milestone anniversary, or simply to express love and appreciation.
The word “Chai” is significant in Jewish culture because it represents the idea of vitality and the importance of life. The word is made up of two Hebrew letters – chet and yud – which have numerical values of 8 and 10, respectively. Together, they add up to 18, which is considered a lucky number in Jewish tradition. This makes Chai jewelry a popular choice for anyone who wants to express their love of life and Jewish heritage
Chai jewelry comes in many different styles to suit a variety of tastes and preferences. Some popular styles include: – Simple and modern: Chai pendants or earrings in simple and sleek designs can be worn every day as a subtle reminder of Jewish heritage. – Diamond accent: Chai pendants or rings that feature a diamond or gemstone accent can add a touch of luxury and elegance. – Cutout or filigree: Chai pendants or bracelets that have cutouts or intricate filigree detailing can create a more ornate and decorative look. – Interlocking Chais: Some Chai jewelry features multiple Chai symbols interlocking or intertwined, creating a unique and symbolic design. – Hebrew calligraphy: Chai pendants or bracelets that incorporate Hebrew calligraphy or other Jewish symbols can create a more traditional and meaningful look.

A Little About The Site's Founder:

Benny Abraham

Benny Abraham

Hello, my name is Benny Abraham and I am the Founder of The Israeli Center of Judaica. I created this boutique marketplace website out of love and a strong desire to help small and medium-sized Israeli artists who don't have much exposure and who mainly want to focus on their art creation.

We offer unique art and Judaica made with passion and love to bring the beauty of Israeli and Jewish art to your homes. We focus on producing various unique products and use and combine materials and designs not seen elsewhere.

In the past, I worked as a silversmith specializing in sterling silver judaica. After many years working as a silversmith, I decided to follow my dream of opening a marketplace for all things Israeli Judaica and founded the Israeli Center of Judaica.

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