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Opal Quan Yin Carving and Diamond Brooch
ABOUT THIS BROOCH
The iconic Buddhist goddess of mercy, Quan Yin, is hand carved in glimmering, translucent multi-hued opal and enthroned atop an intriguing--composition of sparkling bright-white round brilliant-cut and gleaming baguette diamonds (totaling 2.00 carats). A wonderful and enchanting work of wearable art. 1 1/8 by 1 5/8 inches.
We thank Feng Shui consultant Anjie Cho for the following: 'Quan Yin (Kuan Yin or Guan Yin) is the bodhisattva of great compassion. A bodhisattva is a human being that has made a vow to dedicate all of their lifetimes to the enlightenment of all humankind. Bodhisattvas continue to reincarnate and return to the world to help guide others to enlightenment. Quan Yin is a gender-fluid symbol, as she is the feminine version of the masculine Avalokiteshvara (Chenezig in Tibetan). She has many different incarnations and is often portrayed seated or standing holding a lotus flower or a vase of water. One of the most popular beings in Buddhist iconography, Quan Yin is a figure of mercy and compassion who helps those in need.'