Monday, February 9, 2009

Chinese Love Symbol Necklace

If you like the idea of giving the woman you love jewelry for Valentine's Day, but you aren't (or she isn't) into heart-shaped jewelry, here's a nice alternative: a pendant composed of the ancient Chinese symbol for love. Made of sterling silver, it comes with an 18 inch chain, and is currently on sale for $19.99 from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston online store ($17.99 for museum members).

The product page says "Intricate writing characters such as this were first invented by the Kan tribe which lived in China about four thousand years ago. They symbolize the essence of the words they represent. In the third century, these characters were adopted by Japan where they are referred to as Kanji symbols." A few years ago, I took Japanese lessons for a short while, and it was true -- if I recall correctly, when our teacher showed us the Kanji symbol for vacation, the lines drawn were meant to represent a person resting under a tree. I'd be interested to hear the story of how this symbol came to mean "love".

What: Chinese Love Symbol Necklace
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston store website
How much (as of today's post): $19.99 (sale price plus shipping; regularly $28.00 plus shipping)

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