Shou: An Emblem of Longevity and Good Fortune

The shou symbol, also known as the "shou character" or "shou sign," holds a significant place in Chinese culture as a symbol of longevity and good fortune. This ancient emblem, with its distinctive design and profound cultural meaning, has stood the test of time and continues to be revered in various aspects of Chinese art, philosophy, and everyday life. 

The shou symbol can be traced back to ancient China, where it emerged as a representation of the desire for a long and healthy life. The character itself is derived from the Chinese word for "longevity" or "long life" (寿, shòu). The shou symbol has found its way into various aspects of Chinese culture, including art, literature, and traditional medicine. It is often featured in paintings, sculptures, and decorative items, serving as a positive and auspicious element. Additionally, the symbol is incorporated into celebrations of birthdays, particularly milestone birthdays, as a wish for a long and prosperous life.

The shou symbol stands as a powerful and enduring emblem, embodying the timeless human desire for longevity and good fortune. Our stylized shou symbol jewelry is adapted from a Chinese necklace in the collection of the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. We donate a portion of the proceeds of every sale to the museum.

Our beaded jade and shou character necklace


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