How did this begin?
Why do we obsess over roses on Valentine’s Day? From what I could google, red beans were an ancient Chinese love token. It makes no less sense than our roses.
It’s a play on poem #227
The given translation doesn’t do it justice. In this case, “berries” was substituted for “beans”. In modern parlance it is usually translated as “beans”.
I personally would translate it (I’m sorry if it isn’t as poetic) as thus:
I’m unsure about the cultural significance of the red bean during this period (8th Century AD) when the poem was written.
It’s kind of cool though, I know of the poem but I’m never seen the symbology used in jewlery. Heck I’ve never even heard of this “Qixi” business when I lived in China, I was to busy cramming myself full of Marxist-Leninist dialectics. Ain’t Western marketing companies great?
Again I am on the wrong side of fighting ignorance!