Sterling Silver Chinese Zodiac Charms. They are represented by a circle of 12 animals and are based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Each calendar year is assigned to a certain animal and its associated attributes according to a 12-year mathematical cycle. The zodiac animals were carefully chosen for their lucky meanings and how they related to ancient Chinese people's daily lives. The 12 Chinese Zodiac animals are in a fixed order according to the Chinese Yin and Yang Theory. The yin or the yang of the animals was based on the odd or even number of their claws, toes, or hoofs and they are arranged in a "harmonious" order.
Chinese Zodiac Animals:
Ox - The Ox is known for loyalty, reliability, thoroughness, strength, being reasonable, steady, and determined. Its element is Earth.
Dog - The Dog is considered to be loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, and smart. Its element is Earth.
Rat - The Rat is known for intelligence, adaptability, quick-wit, charm, being sociable, and artistic. Its element is Water.
Pig - The Pig is considered to be honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, and very sociable. Its element is Water.
Goat - The Goat is known for being crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, and calm. Its element is Earth.
Tiger - The Tiger is known for enthusiasm, courageousness, ambition, leadership, confidence, and charisma. Its element is Wood.
Horse - The Horse is considered loyal, courageous, ambitious, adaptable, intelligent, adventurous, and strong. Its element is Fire.
Snake - The Snake is considered to be organized, intelligent, philosophical, intuitive, elegant, attentive, and decisive. Its element is Fire.
Monkey - The Monkey, often depicted holding a peach which represents longevity, is considered to be quick-witted, charming, bright, versatile, lively, lucky, adaptable, and smart. Its element is Metal.
Rabbit - The Rabbit is considered trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, and great caretakers. Its element is Wood.
Dragon - The Dragon is considered lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, and charismatic. Its element is Earth.
Rooster - The Rooster is known for honesty, energy, intelligence, flamboyance, flexibility, diversity, and confidence. Its element is Metal.
Measurements approximately: 14mm x 14mm x 1mm