This dark green spinach jade is carved on both sides. On one is an animal - probably a cat - with a gourd. On the to is a carved bat. the back is carved with the back of the cat and gourd. The jade measures 1 7/8” long by 1 1/4” wide. I have suspended the carved jade from 7 mm green jade beads. The necklace is almost 20” around and is finished with a sterling silver hook clasp.
The cat is believed to be the protector of silkworms, and to scare away evil spirits. Because of their good eyesight, they are said to be able to see spirits in the dark.
The gourd is symbolic of longevity.
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.
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.
Carved Dark Green Spinach Jade Necklace