Handmade Qiang Silver Necklace with fish and flower charms
Handmade Qiang silver necklace. Design features a central flower pendant with two side pendants, hanging fruit from silver chains.
Each side pendant shows the Taoist immortal Qin Gao (also known in Japanese as Kinko Sennin) riding a carp – according to legend he rode the fish to heaven to become immortal. In Chinese culture Fish symbolize plenty and carp symbolize strength and power due to the words sharing the same pronunciation, so fish are often seen on good luck decorations.
weight: 29.77 grams
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All pieces are handmade silver from Qiang ethnic minority village workshop.
Silver has very strong cultural value amongst the minority peoples – see our Stories on Silver and Miao, Tibetan and Qiang people.
Craftspeople use Fine 99.9% pure silver both for its softness and the cultural value of pure silver.
By contrast Sterling silver is defined as only 92.5% purity: our silversmiths do not apply a Sterling silver hallmark!