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Jade 12 Piece Zodiac Animal Bracelet
- Fine Jade roughly carved Chinese Zodiac Animal figures strung on a high quality rubber elastic. In a full spectrum of natural colors from translucent white to light sea foam green.
- Fits size 7" to size 7.5" wrists comfortably.
- Highly skilled traditional artisan hand carving from China.
- Jade has always had a very special significance in Asia, comparable with that of Gold and Diamonds in the West. Today, this gemstone is regarded as a symbol of the good, the beautiful, and the precious. In folklore, Jade embodies the Confucian virtues of wisdom, justice, compassion, modesty and courage, yet it also symbolizes the female-erotic. Jade is also believed to be a lucky stone, and encourages good health and prosperity. It is rumored that slipping a piece of Jade under one's pillow can enhance dreams.
- The Chinese Zodiac signs are determined by the Lunar year in which you were born. The Chinese believe the animal ruling one's birth year has a profound influence on personality, and destiny. The saying is: "This animal hides in your heart".
- Unlike Western astrology, it does not look to the heavenly constellations or planets to predict one's destiny. Rather, Chinese astrology deals with diving sciences of wuxing or the five elements (earth, fire, water, metal and wood). Yin and Yang, Chi, and the cycles of time.
- Legend has it that inception of the Chinese Zodiac began when the Buddha beckoned all the animals to bid him farewell before his departure from the Earth. Only 12 arrived at his summoning, and so those were given a place of honor in a year being named after each.
- These 12 animals represent the rotating 12-year cycle that is the basis of the Chinese Zodiac. You've likely heard reference to a particular year being the Year of the Rabbit or Year of the Pig. Displayed below are the characteristics of those born in the year of the listed animals.
According to traditional Chinese Symbology, Rats represent of Industrious Efforts and Prosperity Gathering. Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the rat are often perceived as clever, charming, sharp and funny. They are believed a good friend to have, and are generous and loyal to others considered part of their pack. Sometimes motivated by money, Rats are thought to be ever curious, seeking knowledge and welcoming challenges. They are honest individuals and they enjoy living for the moment. They're also capable of surviving any situation. Extremely perceptive and wise, Rats can focus on the big picture. Rats are very charming and enjoy social activities because they're out a lot, and are always meeting new people. 1st Position in the Chinese Zodiac.
- Those born under the Chinese Zodiac of the Ox are steadfast, solid, a goal-oriented leader, detail-oriented, hard-working and are dependable. Oxen are capable of trusting others and will listen to their opinions with an open mind. Home is where Oxen go to seek comfort, and spend the majority of their "home" time working in the garden or caring for the yard. It is the 2nd Position in the Chinese Zodiac.
- Those born under the Chinese Zodiac of the Tiger are brave, competitive and unpredictable. Tigers love to be challenged and will accept any challenge if it means protecting a loved one or protecting their honor. Tigers are extremely generous. They're very intelligent and they're always on alert. It is the 3rd Position in the Chinese Zodiac.
- Those born under the Chinese Zodiac of the Rabbit enjoy being surrounded by family and friends. They're popular, compassionate and sincere Rabbits enjoy home and entertaining at home. They are friendly and outgoing. Classy, sophisticated, expressive, well-mannered and stylish, those born under the Sign of the Rabbit enjoy learning about cultural issues and learning about people from other countries. It is the 4th Position in the Chinese Zodiac.
Those born under the Chinese Zodiac of the Dragon are energetic and warm-hearted, charismatic, lucky at love and egotistic. They're natural born leaders, good at giving orders and doing what's necessary to remain on top. The Dragon is a symbol of creativity, nobility, strength, goodness, immortality, longevity, courage, endurance and Yang energy. The Dragon is one of four sacred animals (separate from the zodiac) that guard the four sacred directions. It is a good charm to place in the east side of your home or office, or hold tightly in your hand for courage and energy. It is the 5th Position in the Chinese Zodiac.
- Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Snake are seductive, gregarious, introverted and generous. Snakes are extremely analytical and as a result, they don't jump into situations. They prefer living a life of calmness and preferring quietness over noise. Snakes are very creative and extremely diligent. They're excellent problem-solvers and thrive under tight deadlines. 6th Position in the Chinese Zodiac.
- Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Horse symbolize such character traits as strength, energy, and an outgoing nature. Horses are extremely intelligent so they're able to grasp new subjects with ease. Horses are honest, friendly and open-minded. They maintain a positive outlook on life and keep the crowds happy with their humor and their wit. It is the 7th Position in the Chinese Zodiac.
- Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Ram/Sheep symbolize traits such as creativity, intelligence, dependability, and calmness. Their nurturing personality makes Ram excellent care-givers. Home is where they feel most comfortable. There they can express themselves artistically, whether it's by painting, cooking or whatever artistic endeavors they enjoy. It is the 8th Position in the Chinese Zodiac.
- Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Monkey, they possess such character traits as curiosity, mischievousness, and cleverness. Monkeys thrive on being challenged. They also prefer urban life to rural, and their favorite pastime is people-watching. Forever playful, Monkeys are the masters of practical jokes. Constant active lifestyles are likely what helps Monkeys remain in good health. They adapt well to changing environments and they're very intelligent. It is the 9th Position in the Chinese Zodiac.
- Those born under the Chinese Zodiac of the Rooster are practical, resourceful, observant, analytical, straightforward, trusting, honest, perfectionists, neat and conservative. They're extremely organized individuals as evidenced by the fact their homes are always neat. Roosters are extremely sociable and prefer being the center of attention. Roosters are highly motivated and hard-working; traits that enable most Roosters to have successful careers. 10th Position in the Chinese Zodiac.
Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Dog often personify traits of Loyalty, Faithfulness and Honesty. They have strong morals and ethics. Zodiac Dogs are often gentle, lovable and kind. They are loyal and courageous under pressure. They like to stay comfortable and dislike overly loud people. Fidelity and Home are often the key words important to them. Ensuring others are happy is more important to the Dog than wealth, money or success. Dogs are determined individuals; always wanting to master a new subject before moving on and always finishing what they start. Dogs spend money wisely, passing on luxury goods in favor of practical items. They also prefer saving money to cover future expenses. Dogs are resilient, especially when fighting illness. It is the 11th Position in the Chinese Zodiac.
Those born under the Chinese Zodiac sign of the Pig are extremely nice, good-mannered and tasteful. They're perfectionists who enjoy finer things but are not perceived as snobs. They enjoy helping others and are good companions until someone close crosses them, then look out! They're intelligent, always seeking more knowledge, and socially exclusive. In traditional Chinese Symbology, the Pig represents Prosperity, Luxury, Calm Temperament, Kind Nature as well as Good Fortune in Attracting Wealth. It is the 12th Position in the Chinese Zodiac.