The Chinese Year of the Ox begins on 26th January 2009. Also known as the Year of the Cow or Yi Chou.
This lucky, little pendant, carved from Chinese jade measures 17mm x 13mm x 8mm. This is NOT a necklace, but a pendant on a short cord for hanging. However, you could always attach it to a necklace if you wanted.
People born in the Year of the Ox are patient and inspire confidence in others. However, they are also eccentric, bigoted, and anger easily. They have fierce tempers and although they speak little, when they do they go wild. Ox people are mentally and physically alert. Easy-going, but remarkably stubborn, and they hate to fail or be opposed. The typical Ox is a tolerant person with strong character, working hard without complaint. They know that they will succeed through sustained efforts, and don’t believe in get-rich-quick schemes. The Ox is a lover of stability, tradition, and a homemaker. They are most compatible with Snake, Rooster, and Rat people.
Ox Years: 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 (if you were born in one of these years, then you are an Ox) Western Counterpart—Capricorn
Famous Ox People: Catherine Freeman, Heather Locklear, Jane Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Margaret Thatcher, Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep, Princess Diana, Vivien Leigh and George Clooney.
For 5,000 years Imperial China used the word "jade" as something precious. Because jade is said to have all the attributes most valued in society. A symbol of purity and serenity, it is delicate, but will not break - is beautiful, but not impermanent, it can be flawed with lines, but still pleasing. It is believed to radiate divine unconditional love and balance the emotions. Held in the hand it can improve judgment - ancient silk traders often held jade while bartering. A small piece of jade worn around the neck was said to dispel illness.
Chinese jade first arrived in the West during the sixteenth century, brought from Canton by the Portuguese. Today jade continues to be a symbol of love, virtue, and status. With Chinese carvings reaching the highest value. The best jade has a waxy, pearly appearance. Feeling cool and so smooth, it seems soft to the touch. Yet hard enough that pressure from a sharp knife will not leave a mark.