The 4 Zodiac Groups. Which do you fall in?

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Come February 08, 2016, we will be ushering in the Chinese Zodiac Year of the Monkey! So if you happen to be Celine Dion, Kim Kardashian, Venus Williams or was born in the year 2004, 1992, 1980, or 1968, 2016 is your 本命年 (Ben Ming Nian). Ben Ming Nian is the zodiac year in which one was born and will encounter once again every 12 years. We will dive into what that means later but for now, let’s walk back in time to learn some fun facts about the Chinese Zodiac. 

The Chinese Zodiac comprises of twelve animals - The Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. It was believed that the sequence was determined by the order of arrival when the Jade Emperor (The Emperor in Heaven in Chinese folklore) called for a meeting. You can find the full story here!

It is generally thought that zodiac animals can be divided into 4 groups, where within each group, the different zodiac animals complement and bring out the best of each other. It is also said that wearing the zodiac of another animal within your compatible group can further bring out your strengths and downsize your weaknesses.
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j The star for the year, the Monkey Zodiac Necklace 



The Monkey, best known for its intellectual trait, creativity, curiosity and mischief is thought to get along exceptionally well with the Dragon and Rat. They do also get along relatively well with the other zodiac animals, with the exception of the Tiger and Snake! Those born in the year of Rat are known for their intelligence, ambitions and practicality while the year of the Dragon is courageous, enterprising and generous. 

choo yilin jade zodiac necklacesThe Rooster Zodiac Necklace



Apart from the group mentioned above, the Ox, Snake and Rooster make up another compatible group. Individuals whose zodiac is the Rooster are known for their confidence, honesty and pompousness while the Ox is diligent, cautious and ambitious. Meanwhile, Snakes are wise and empathetic. This mix of foresightedness and carefulness makes for a strong team of individuals. 



The third group comprises of the Tiger, Horse and Dog. Tigers embody courage, power and charm which is complemented by the Horse's energy, wits and popularity and the Dog's honesty, compassion and kindness. This group shines wherever they are placed, and each individual is usually loved for their positive spirit.

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The Dog Zodiac Necklace


Finally, we have the peaceful and harmonious group of zodiac animals comprising of the Rabbit, the Sheep and the Pig. Rabbits are intelligent, skillfull and compassionate, while Sheep are the quiet and determined individuals who may tend to be mistaken as shy and mild. Those born in the year of the Pig are known for their sincerity, happiness and intelligence.


Whether you believe in astrology or not, we feel that to a certain extent, each zodiac sign embodies unique positive traits that any individual would want to emulate. For those facing their Ben Ming Nian in 2016, while it is thought to be 'unlucky' and a year full of unpredictability, we believe that Monkey or not, you have the ability to make 2016 the best year yet! But of course, a lucky jade charm might just do the trick too.


The Choo Yilin Jade Zodiac Necklace Collection features one of a kind carved jade, highlighted with a Rhodolite Garnet of approximately 0.11 carats, and finished with a large White Quartz. The collection is available exclusively in store at 331 Joo Chiat Road in limited quantities, with only 2 pieces per design made.

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