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Celebrating Chinese New Year

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In accordance with ancient beliefs, each traditional Chinese calendar year is associated with an animal and the attributes it represents as part of a twelve-year zodiac cycle. In 2016, Chinese New Year falls on Monday 8th February and marks the commencement of the Year of the Monkey.

It is believed the animal ruling one’s birth year has a profound influence on their personality and destiny. Those born in the Year of the Monkey are said to be quick-witted, charming, lucky, bright, lively and smart, and are set to prosper in the year to come.

Also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is celebrated from the eve of the New Year until the Lantern Festival held on the 15th day of the first calendar month. Festivities usually begin with a family dinner on New Years Eve at which fish or dumplings are traditionally served.

Similar to Western New Years celebrations, fireworks are set off after 12am on New Years Day, not only as a joyful celebration to mark New Year but also to drive away evil.

Other traditions include the giving of ‘red packets’ (red envelopes with money in them usually given by adults to young children), New Year markets, and of course festive decorations including lanterns, paper-cutting and door gods.

In celebration of Chinese New Year, master craftsmen at Solid Gold Diamonds have had the honour of creating a playful heirloom piece in the form of a curious monkey.

In a design influenced by Chinese traditions, the pendant is set in 18ct yellow gold, representing luck and fortune, and features eight round brilliant cut white diamonds sitting in the monkey’s grip. Holding great meaning in Chinese culture, diamonds have a long history of reverence as beautiful objects of desire.

Also available in 18ct white gold with eight round brilliant cut pink diamonds, the intricate design of the pendant represents the finest attributes of the monkey’s character and symbolises its determination for success.

This lucky monkey charm will be a constant reminder of your motivation for a triumphant 2016 and is available to view in our Perth and Adelaide showrooms.

For your convenience a Mandarin speaking consultant is available by appointment.

Sources: gazettelive.co.uk, chinesenewyears.info, telegraph.co.uk, chinahighlights.com

Pic credits: shanghaitang.com, 123newyear.com, ibtimes.com, weekendnotes.com.au, word4asia.com

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