Just a few of the more common Chinese Symbols sometimes used in Bittersweet Ridge Jewelry:
Badger or Magpie May you experience great happiness
Basket of Fruit or Flowers One of the Eight Immortals
Bats Good luck. 2 bats together means double good fortune. 5 bats means The Five Blessings: long life, wealth, health, virtue, and a natural death
Butterflies Long life and beauty. With a Cat mean wish to live 70-80 years
Bear / Panda Man
Carp Advantage or benefit in business; endurance, perseverance and fortitude.
Cicada Immortality, life after death
Coc k Reliability. A red Cock protects your house from fire.
Crane Longevity. A pair of Cranes means long marriage (Cranes mate for life). A Crane can also mean the wisdom that comes with age. In Feng Shui the influence of a Chinese Crane painting is for a long life that increases in wisdom
Cricket Fighting spirit
Dragon Male vigor and fertility, also the symbol for the Emperor. Often seen as the symbol of divine protection and vigilance. Regarded as the Supreme Being among all creatures. It can ward off wandering evil spirits, protect ehe innocent and bestow safety. The ultimate Chinese symbol of good fortune.
Dragon & Phoenix Man and Wife; Emperor and Empress
Duck Married bliss. A Duck in reeds - may you do well on your exams.
Elephant Strength and astuteness. Riding an Elephant - happiness.
Fish Wealth. The Chinese character for Carp is phonetically identical to the character for "advantage." The character for Fish is the same as that for abundance and wealth. Fish are a symbol of water, fertility and regeneration.
Fisherman One of the 4 Basic Occupations
Goose Married happiness
Heron with Lotus flowers - may your path be upward
Endless Knot Long life without setbacks
Labyrinth Fear, rebirth, liberation
Magnolia Beautiful woman
Ox / Water Buffalo Coming of Spring
Peacock Dignity and beauty
Phoenix The five Human Qualities: virtue, duty, correct behavior, humanity, reliability
Pine Trees Longevity, steadfastness, self-discipline
Sheep Yang - the Male Principle
Snake the Woman
Tiger Courage and bravery
Tortoise Longevity and immortality
Yin The Female Principle
Yang The Male Principle