I found this gorgeous piece of large carved rare lavender Jade - carved in the shape of a dragon fish. is is 3 1/4" long by 1 1/2" tall. It is framed on the back in sterling silver and beaded with 12 mm lavender amethyst melon beads. In between the melon shaped beads are small faceted amethyst beads. The necklace is 20" around and is finished with a large sterling silver clasp. I can adjust the length somewhat of this fabulous one of a kind necklace.
The dragon is the imperial emblem of the Emperors in China, especially from the from the Han period where their coat of arms shows two dragons fighting for the fiery pearl. The dragon is a supernatural creature and is the symbol of power, strength, wisdom and goodness. It represents the utmost in accomplishment: good luck and a successful life. It is also believed to be the guardian of hidden treasures. It represents the spirit of growth and change. It is believed that dragons begin as a serpent and their second stage of life was as a fish, After about a thousand years they become dragons so this dragon fish is in transition.
Chinese royalty has worn jade for centuries. It has been used since the Neolithic times for tools, weaponry, amulets, vases and figurines because of its hardness. It is believed to be a spiritual stone and has been called the jewel of heaven. It represents the five principal virtues: charity, modesty, courage, justice and wisdom. From cloudy white to golden brown, light to dark green, to rare lavender, jade is the most highly prized Asian gemstone. Jade has been regarded as the most precious stone for thousands of years. It is believed to protect the wearer and ensure good luck and good health as well as to increase life span.
Amethyst is the birthstone for February and the zodiacal stone for Pisces. It is attractive to people who are caring and warm-natured and have a love of family and children. It is the suggested gem to give on the 4th, 6th and 17th wedding anniversaries.
The Greeks believed that wearing amethyst would prevent intoxication. In medieval Europe soldiers wore amethyst amulets to protect them in battle. It is believed that putting an amethyst under your pillow will bring about pleasant dreams.
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