A one-of-a-kind gold and silver antique Japanese ojime with the theme of ‘Three Friends of Winter,’ an elaborate depiction of three plants resistant to winter’s chill, while most others are losing their green. Representing the ideals of pure spirit (plum), longevity (pine) and flexibility (bamboo), together they symbolize promise and good fortune. Ojime dates back to 19th century Japan. In order to carry their personal effects, men would attach a bag or box from a cord on their kimono sash, using an ojime to secure the contents inside. Believed to possess magical properties and often worn as talismans, they were enviable status symbols, giving prestige to those who wore them. White freshwater cultured pearls, 8.5mm. Antique Japanese ojime. 36"L continuous. This piece is one-of-a-kind.