Articulated Enamel Koi Fish artfully designed and handcrafted to look like the antique pieces that have become so popular today. This miniature treasure is made of tiny joined parts or sections to resemble a real fish swimming. Beautiful shades of light and dark purple a it's face, scales and fins with a pale blue belly.
Made of metal alloy this piece has a soft gold finish that mixes with all kinds of jewelry, yellow, rose or white gold, platinum or silver.
Shown on gold filled 15" chain available for purchase separately.
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CARE & MAINTENANCE: We recommend wipe clean with damp cloth as needed. Keep out of direct contact with water or liquids as it could deteriorate structure and effect metal or enamel over time.
DIMENSIONS: 1.25" L x .5" DIA
FACTS & HISTORY: A variety of fish species are beautifully represented in vintage and antique Chinese jewelry. They commonly adorn bracelets, necklaces, hair pins, beads, brooches and earrings. They can be carved out of jade, stone, etched into metal, or crafted in colorfully enameled silver. Not only are these pieces valued for their spectacular craftsmanship, but they also hold a deeper symbolic meaning.
Fish have different symbolic meanings in China: wealth, courage, abundance, regeneration, harmony, fidelity, happiness. Specifically catfish and koi had special meanings for happy marriage, fidelity and love and were often represented in jewelry given as wedding gifts.
Fish were appreciated not only for their beauty, admirable characteristics, but also for their ability to provide food during long winter months. Today it might feel a little strange, or at least not fashionable, to wear a large life like fish necklace pendant. However, keeping in mind all of these positive attributes, fish themed jewelry must have been worn for luck and happiness and the wearer must have felt very grateful to have such a special piece.