Fish have been the principal subject in Chinese artwork and sculpture for many millennia, including the fine arts, brush paintings and classical literature. The words for “fish” and “abundance” are pronounced the same in Chinese (鱼,yu) therefore, fish in the Chinese culture has symbolized wealth, since recorded history. Fish also symbolize harmony and marital happiness as many of the fish are seen swimming in pairs.
Fish are more than simply beautiful. They invite wealth, prosperity, and harmonious exchange, especially in business and personal affairs. Throughout the history of Chinese customs, the constant movement of the blissful fish encourages the growth of money, stability, and peace. Symbolically, if you have an abundance of goldfish, you have a double abundance of gold. A gift of the propitious fish is a gift of great fortune.
Fish represent not only elegance and beauty, but endurance, perseverance and swimming against the tide. It's a symbol of showing no fear when presented with life’s challenges and overcoming great obstacles that lie in ones’ path.
A most auspicious fish and one worthy of the enormous attention we place on carving the flowing fish on our handbags. The water drops formed by the swimming fish are expressed with lustrous pearls, embedded into the leather. The delicate pearls suggest purity, dignity, nobility and of course, pearls of wisdom.