The Koi’s ancient symbolism is wonderfully complemented in ancient mammoth ivory that is thousands of years old and a hand carved mother of pearl rose, creating a truly classic pendant.
Width 47 mm x Height 33 mm (approx)
"Luck affects everything. Let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it there will be a fish." ~ Ovid
The many colored koi fish is said to have originated from a black carp given to the Chinese philosopher Confucius at his birth. Over the centuries, koi have evolved into many different types. They are generally recognizable by their distinctive coloring or long flowing fins, as with butterfly koi. Koi are revered as pets, and this distinctive fish has come to symbolize longevity, good fortune, prosperity, and courage.
Zealandia’s lead designer, Jenny Byrne, keeps a pond of her beloved koi at her home. These beauties inspired our fossilized ivory koi fish necklace, which is hand carved in fine detail. This pendant combines our artisans’ skill in carving fossilized ivory with the intricate silver work that has made Zealandia jewelry collectable worldwide.
The fossilized mammoth ivory in this koi fish necklace dates back far before Confucius’ time. It is over 15,000 years old, and it gathers its coloring from minerals lying near it in the earth or in permafrost. The rose below the fish is carved from gleaming mother of pearl, lending a soft luster to this piece that mimics the koi’s sheen.
This pendant comes on an 18" sterling silver 1.1 mm box chain with a lobster clasp.
Please allow 2 weeks for delivery.
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