This vintage piece of jade of naturally two colors - grayish green and a reddish brown. The artist who carved this has used the two colors to set apart the carved bat and have it stand out against the lighter background. It is 2 1/2” long by 1 1/8” wide. I have topped it with another piece of vintage jade I found in China. It is carved in a cut out traditional design of two dragons. The entire pendant drops 3 1/4” from a black natural leather cord the adjusts from 16” to 32” so it can be worn a variety of lengths. This one of a kind pendant necklace is very dramatic and has great symbolism.
The bat is symbolic of happiness, good fortune, prosperity and longevity. When something is portrayed upside down it means it has arrived, so the common portrayal of an upside-down bat is symbolic of good fortune that has arrived. It is one of the best symbols of good luck.
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.
Called the stone of heaven, jade has worn jade for centuries by Chinese royalty. 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 and is treasured for its magical powers. It is believed to protect the wearer and ensure good luck and good health as well as to increase life span, which is why most Asians put a jade bangle on a baby’s arm and wear jade themselves.
Vintage Carved Jade Pendant Necklace