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Auspicious Silver Carp Charm


A frequently seen image is of a carp swimming and leaping against the current of a river to reach the spawning grounds. This image refers to the legend (liyutiaolongmen 鲤鱼跳龙门) that a carp which is able to leap over the mythical "Dragon Gate" will become a dragon. This is an allegory for the persistent effort needed to overcome obstacles. Meng told me while she was creating this charm she thought of this very story.


The circular piece of jade is very precious and difficult to make; the circle is a universal symbol with extensive notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, eternity, timelessness, and all cyclical movement. The middle is completed with a perfect round agate bead in the center.


This charm is good for promotion or advancement in career and a rise in status. The carp fish is a commonly seen visual pun because the Chinese character for carp (li 鲤) is pronounced the same as both the character (li 利) for "profit" and the character (li 力) for "strength" or "power." This carp has a silver pearl in its mouth symbolizing wealth.


Created on a red cord with a longevity knot and a round agate jade symbolizing smooth completion of a project.


Marina's tip: We just recieved a limited supply of the silver carp to create these beauties!


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