This lucky koi fish pin, from Sphinx of England, is designer-worthy with its detailed pave set, clear rhinestone body, jade green glass cabochon eyes and coral pink mouth/lips, and emerald green enameled fins, all over gold plate. This good luck fish measures 2 1/8" inches long X 1.25" inches at its widest point. The back is hallmarked with Sphinx of England's inventory or design number "A1745", dating this piece to the late 1960's. Excellent condition.
Koi fish are a common symbol in both Chinese culture and feng shui, as well as Japanese culture. Many of the attributes of the koi symbolize several lessons and even trials individuals often encounter in life. The koi fish has a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream. Some of the characteristics associated with the koi include: Good fortune, success, prosperity, longevity, courage, ambition, and perseverance.
Bit O'History: Founded in 1948, The Sphinx Company was a renowned British jewelry manufacturing company that produced well made, quality constructed, and beautifully designed costume jewelry that had the look of real jewelry. In addition to their own line, they produced jewelry designs for many creatively talented artists like Kenneth Jay Lane, Butler & Wilson, Joe Mazer (Jomaz), Alfred Philippi, Nina Ricci, Caura, Fried Paris, as well as Saks 5th Ave., Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales, Mark & Spencer and other high end department stores, in Europe as well as the United States. Mark: "SPHINX" in an oval cartouche with some having a "LETTER AND NUMBER: included or without the Sphinx name, having only a "LETTER AND NUMBER" in a cartouche. Unsigned pieces were either for customers who wanted to sell pieces as their own, because work was produced in a rush to meet demand or because there wasn't space on the design. Pieces may have either numbers only or a letter and numbers. These were design numbers. The jewelry is now becoming highly collectible since Sphinx ceased operations in the late 1990's.
Item ID: RL-4470
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