This colorful necklace is made with large 15 mm carnelian agate beads. The white jade disk is cut out and carved with the Chinese character for double happiness. On top of it hangs a carnelian fish. In the necklace there is a carved carnelian dragon disk and some other carved carnelian and white jade beads. The necklace is 26 1/2” around and is finished with a large sterling silver clasp. This is a fun necklace to wear as it will get lots of attention.
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.
The fish is symbolic of abundance, prosperity, wealth and persistence. It is also believed to represent an advantage in business.
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.
Agate is a variety of chalcedony. It is formed from layers of quartz and many are banded of layers of various colors. It is the birthstone for September and the Zodiacal sign of Gemini.
Ancient civilizations believed that wearing agate would make them invisible and would protect them from danger. In Roman times it was believed that wearing agate as an amulet would also insure a great harvest. For many years agate was believed to be a healing stone as well as one that would bring prosperity.
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