The Shēngxiào (Chinese: 生肖), also known in English as the Chinese Zodiac, is a scheme, and a systematic plan of future action, that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year cycle. It has wide currency in several East Asian countries, such as China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan.
The Chinese zodiac is represented by 12 animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
In 2003, Swarovski introduced the Chinese Zodiac with small clear crystal animals.
In 2009, Swarovski introduced the theme group in their Crystal Living Collection again, called the CHINESE ZODIAC animals, made of Silver Shade crystal. The first in this collection are the Dog, Tiger, and Horse.
Chinese Zodiac Seals:
Each of the Swarovski Chinese Zodiac Animals carries a special seal engraved on its crystal base, describing the product and its name in traditional Chinese and English. Seals originated during the Qin Dynasty in 221 BC and were exclusively used by the Emperor as a form of signature. Today, seal scripts are still widely used as as signatures and some documents are not considered legally binding until they are signed with a seal. Designer: Swarovski and the University of Beijing's Central Academy of Fine Arts. (CAFA)