This piece of soft blue and gold hand carved jade has been intricately hand carved with a ram on the top, another ram on the bottom right and an upside down bat on the bottom left. The jade has a lot of translucency and is a naturally the two colors. The jade is carved on the back also with the ram and the money symbol. The jade measures 2” long by 1 1/2” wide. I have beaded in this beautiful jade with 11 mm high-quality faceted golden citrine. The necklace is 18” around and is finished with a 18K gold vermeil clasp.
Those that are born in the year of the ram are believed to be affectionate, unselfish, sensitive, and artistic. The ram is symbolic of retired life.
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.
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.
Citrine is a yellow to golden variety of quartz and is the birthstone for November. Citrine is believed to be a stone that brings good fortune, especially to those in sales.
Ancient cultures believed that placing a citrine on the forehead of an older person would increase his psychic power.
I can adjust the length of this necklace if desired.
Hand Caved Blue Jadeite Jade Ram, Faceted Citrine Necklace