Understanding Jade

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About Jade

1. History of Jade
Jade – a gemstone of unique symbolic energy, and unique in the myths that surround it. With its beauty and wide-ranging expressiveness, jade has held a special attraction for mankind for thousands of years. More details...

2. How Jade Differs?
Genuine jade or “Yu”, as it is called in China, is strictly speaking a generic term for two different gems: jadeite or nephrite. More details

3. How to Make Jade Jewelry?
There are five steps to take jade from a raw stone and turn it into a finished product: Stone Cutting; Stone drawing; Jade Cutting, Rinsing, Rough Sanding and Smooth Sanding; Further Polishing and Wax Polishing. More details...

4. How to Identify Jade Quality?
In general, the value of jade is determined by five standards: Color, Tone, Translucency, Texture and Cutting. More details...

5. How to Care For Jade Jewelry?
Having purchased a jade article is just half the process of collecting. Jade is like a child that needs constant care. Enthusiasts need to work more to maintain this artwork, or blemishes may appear. More details...

Jade & Meanings

In Chinese, jade, pronounced as 'Yu', means "the royal gemstone" or "something precious." The Chinese character for jade is a five-stroke character that represents, physically, three pancake-shaped of pieces of jade connected with a string and suspended, perhaps as a wind chime. More details...

Jade & Asian Culture

In Asia, jade best symbolizes the essential aspects of Confucian culture, such as nobility, perfection, constancy, and immortality. Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC) even concluded jade had many virtues, namely benevolence, fidelity, courtesy, etiquette, wisdom and sincerity, etc. More details...

Jade & Buddhism

Buddhism, a spiritual tradition that focuses on personal spiritual development and the attainment of a deep insight into the true nature of life, brought many aspects to jade art. With the inception of Buddhism, jade soon depicted pagodas, mountain masses, and religious symbols. Some jade carvings were dedicated to depicting Buddhist figures for worship and were placed at temples. The necessity for these carvings soon led to the expanding of dimensions for jade carvings. More details...

1. Jade & Buddha
The image of Buddha is often used in jade carvings. In Buddhism, the term 'buddha' usually refers to one who has become enlightened (i.e., awakened to the truth, or Dharma), a person who is completely free from all faults and mental obstructions. Buddha aslo refers to the historical 'Siddhattha Gautama’, meaning 'descendant of Gotama whose aims are achieved/who is efficacious in achieving aims', a spiritual teacher from ancient India and the founder of Buddhism. More details...

2. Jade & Guan Yin
Guan Yin, also known as the bodhisattva of compassion, the Bodhisattva of mercy, or the Jade Goddess, is venerated by East Asian Buddhists and most loved by the Chinese. She is the most widely depicted Bodhisattvas in jade art. She is the Maternal Goddess and the Protector of Children, "looking on or hearing the voices of the suffering". She is surnamed Sung-Tzu-Niang-Niang, "lady who brings children”, and is worshipped especially by childless women. More details...

Jade & Chinese Characters

A Chinese character, also known as a Han character, is a logogram used in writing Chinese (hanzi). It is considered to be the world's longest continuously used writing system.Some Chinese characters are particularly loved by Chinese people. Among them, fu, lu, shou, xi and cai are always close to the common people and were spread widely and consistently, forming the core of a propitious jixiang culture. They are interrelated and interdependent with individually auspicious themes. More details...

Chinese Character: Fu (Blessing)
Chinese Character: Lu (Prosperity)
Chinese Character: Shou (Longevity)
Chinese Character: Xi & Shuangxi (Happiness & Double Happiness)
Chinese Character: Cai (wealth)
Chinese Character: Ji (auspiciousness)
Chinese Character: Ai (Love)
Chinese Character: De (Virtue)
Chinese Character: Ning (Peace)

Jade & Chinese Knot

A string, tangling and twining, strings together the auspicious wishes, the long history of the Chinese culture and even the hearts of our Chinese people. Originated from the habit of making records by the knots of the rope, the Chinese knots have played a vital role in the Chinese culture, fully embodying the ingenuity and deftness of the working class. Every basic knot is named after either its outer form or the inner meaning. By combining different types of knots or by arranging them with other ornaments of auspicious patterns, the traditional and auspicious Chinese knots then come into being, featuring its unique configuration and profound connotation. More details...

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Jade & Chinese Symbolism

China has a great tradition of respecting nature. This love for nature is signified by various symbols and the values that are attached to them. The Chinese see these symbols as visual representations of their sacred feelings. In fact, of all the countries in the world, China probably has the most faith in its symbols, associating a number of them with wealth and prosperity, abundance, peace, and harmony. More details...

Chinese Cultural Symbol: Dragon
Chinese Cultural Symbol: Phoenix
Chinese Cultural Symbol: Butterfly
Chinese Cultural Symbol: Fish
Chinese Cultural Symbol: Plum Blossom
Chinese Cultural Symbol: Bamboo
Chinese Cultural Symbol: Lotus

Jade & Chinese Zodiac

The 12 lucky horoscope animal symbols of the Chinese Zodiac are popular themes of jade ornaments. According to Chinese astrology, a person's destiny can be determined by the cycle of the five elements (in order Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water in their Yin and Yang forms) with the cycle of the twelve Zodiac animal signs: the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep (ram or goat), monkey, rooster, dog, and boar. More details...

Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Rat
Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Ox
Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Tiger
Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Rabbit
Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Dragon
Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Snake
Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Horse
Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Sheep
Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Monkey
Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Rooster
Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Dog
Chinese Zodiac: Year of the Pig

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