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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Year of the Rat Red Agate Pendant Necklace

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Year of the Rat Necklace: $24 + shipping
As some of you already know, I am doing a series of necklaces in celebration of the various Chinese zodiac signs. Just a small disclaimer: I am not Chinese. The necklace designs are not particularly "Chinese." You don't have to be Chinese to enjoy these necklaces!

This one of a kind 21 inch necklace celebrates the Chinese Year of the Rat with a red agate amulet that features a rat and the Chinese symbol for rat on one side, and Chinese characters on the other side. Exquisite silver needle agate faceted ovals in gray marbled with rust sit on either side of the pendant. The rest of the necklace blends coral agate nuggets in deep caramel-orange, blue-gray labradorite roundels, and dark gray hematite tube beads. Antique silver daisy spacers and etched antique silver rounds match the antique silver toggle clasp that finishes the piece.

This is an ideal gift for someone born in The Year of the Rat.*  Not into Chinese astrology? Good news: It's also perfect for someone who loves rats or mice, or someone who just appreciates a stunning, unique necklace. The rat image on the amulet is only discernible at very close range. The gray and blue-gray tones of the silver needle agate and labradorite stones are gorgeous.

Let's all set aside our preconceived notions about this creature! The Rat is the first sign in the Chinese zodiac. As such, it is considered a symbol of opportunity and good prospects. People born in the Year of the Rat are said to be intelligent, accomplished, charming, innovative, loyal, empathetic, and ambitious. At their worst, they can be secretive, anxious, calculating, possessive, stingy, excessive, neurotic, critical, and egotistical.

*IMPORTANT NOTE: The Chinese New Year does not fall on the same date every year, so it is essential to check the calendar to find the exact date on which each Rat Year actually begins. To determine your Chinese zodiac sign, consult  a book or web site such as the one at this link: http://www.annabelburton.com/chinese_years.html

Years of the Rat:

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  1. Colette EllenbergJune 6, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    I love the way you display your jewelry! So, inviting and professional!

    1. Thank you, Colette! I guess if I can make "the Rat" look inviting, I'm doing pretty well. LOL


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