This necklace is made with an intricately carved natural green jade pendant. It is carved on the front with a fish and the money symbol. On the back it is carved with lotus leaves. Since it is carved on both sides it can be worn with either side facing forward. The pendant is 2” long by 1 1/2” wide. I have beaded it with 12 mm natural Burmese jade beads that have some translucency and complement the necklace. The necklace is 18”around and is finished with a large sterling silver hook clasp.
The fish is symbolic of abundance, prosperity, wealth and persistence. It is also believed to represent an advantage in business.
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.
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 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 Natural Green Jade Fish with Burmese Jade Necklace
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