This beautiful phone charm features a quality polished carved jade rat on a red cord.
The Rat symbolizes the Chinese year of the rat, people born in a year of the rat are said to have certain characteristics much like the western zodiac signs.
Years of the Rat include 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Jade is considered to be Lucky in many cultures and has been known to Man for 7000 years. Even as early as 3000 B.C. jade was known in China as the 'royal gem'. Jade has always had a very special significance within the Chinese Empire, comparable with that of gold and diamonds in Western countries. In China Jade is regarded as a symbol of the good, beautiful and the precious embodying the virtues of wisdom, justice, compassion, modesty and courage. The Mayas, Aztecs and Olmecs of Central America also honoured jade more highly than gold. In ancient Egypt, jade was admired as the stone of love, inner peace, harmony and balance. In other regions and cultures too, jade was regarded as a lucky or protective stone. Jade symbolises energy and beauty and it is said that jade stimulates creativity and mental agility while also having a balancing and harmonising effect.
Approximately 10cm/3.93" in length, the jade rat is around 1.8cm/0.70" in length and 0.9cm/0.35 in height.