This pretty little fish was hand-carved by yours-truly using a Dremmel tool, and then given a fine polish. The Gem is Banded Agate.
Fish are incredibly symbolic in many cultures. The Chinese often give Fish as gifts, particularly Koi, for weddings as a symbol of devotion and a happy marriage. They are also an emblem of fertility. The fish was sacred to the Greco-Roman mythology, where it held symbolic meaning of change and transformation. In Christianity, the fish is a symbol of abundance and faith as observed in the Biblical story of fishes and loaves.