Description: Off round coin with the Chinese zodiac sign - rat on one side and three lucky clouds on the other. Underneath the rat image, rat's zodiac character - 'intelligent' is stated.
Measurement: 2cm diameter coin, a delicated gold plated chain 45cm with 5cm extension.
Material: 18k gold plated brass.
The heirloom: The general consensus is that the zodiacs originally had something to do with the worship of animals. A zodiac system has existed in Chinese culture since the Qin dynasty, more than 2,000 years ago.There are 12 Chinese zodiac signs - rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. The Chinese zodiac signs rotate so one animal sign appears every twelve years, in another word, every twelve years comes around one's zodiac year which is rather important in Chinese culture.
The recent years for the rat zodiac is 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.
It is belived that the zodiac indicates one's personality and character. People also look at their lay- ahead adverture and fortune on the base of their zodiac sign, very much like the western zodiac signs in that aspect.
The zodiac Rat enjoys many characters in which includes 'intelligent' and its stated under the rat image on the coin.
The story: The world-wide famous 12 Chinese zodiac bronze head statues from the forbidden city gradually have been discovered around the world in recent years. They were originally made in Qing Dynasty for the amazing emperor's (QianLong) garden (YuanMingYuan). Our Chinese zodiac images are based on these head statues.
Lucky clouds are a famous pattern in Chinese culture, which is believed to bring one luck.