This piece of jade is naturally two colors -a rusty orange and a soft green. The artist has used the two colors to emphasize the carving. The raised carving of the fish (carp) and a lotus is a rusty orange against the green background so it stands out. The back is green and is carved with a lotus. The jade is 1 3/4” long by 1” wide and it is suspended from a black cotton cord that is 25” around. The hand carving on this piece is beautifully done.
The carp is considered the most favored of all fish. It symbolizes wealth, abundance, happiness and fertility. In China the carp is symbolic of determination and perseverance. It is believed that the carp can ascend the rapids and waterfalls of the wild Yellow River will eventually become a dragon. The carp also symbolizes success in school or study.
The sacred lotus, also known as the sea rose, is a symbol of purity, fruitfulness and creativity. The lotus, an aquatic plant, grows in ponds or rivers, the roots planted in the bottom soil and the leaves float on the water. The blossoms rise above the leaves and are very showy. The lotus is often shown together with fish where it symbolizes prosperity year after year. It also symbolizes sexual harmony, the lotus representing the female and the fish representing the male.
) 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
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Carved Green and Orange Jade Fish, Lotus Pendant Necklace