The legend of Ruyi

The legend of Ruyi

Ruyi (如意) literally means “as you wish” in Chinese. A typical ruyi is composed of two parts: a head in the shape of cloud, heart, or lingzhi, and a long handle in the shape of a flat S. Ruyi can be made of a variety of valuable materials, such as precious metals, jade, hardwood, semi-precious gems, ivory, coral, and so on. Ancient Chinese craftsmen exquisitely decorated ruyi by relief, openwork, inlaid gems, among other things. Ruyi itself, along with decorating motifs upon it, conveys good wishes, such as longevity, blessing, good fortune, and prosperity. No matter how valuable the material is and how meticulous the appearance is, ruyi nevertheless has a humble origin: it was born out of a household tool to scratch itches on one’s...

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How to Care for your Jade Collection

As we mentioned in other articles, the degree of internal moisture is a key factor to decide the luster and quality of jadeite.  High-end jadeite contains rich moisture naturally and they can be dehydrated in dry weather. Losing moisture will not only demolish the luster of Jade but cause fine cracks. In this regard, how can we “nurture” jadeite? If you have jadeite jewelry, the best way to preserve it is to wear it. The human body can provide an amiable environment: warm and humid. This environment will compensate any moisture loss and improve the luster.  Sometime even small impurities on the surface can disappear after a period of constant wearing. This is also why the Chinese believe jade is so special and more like a soul mate, because people and jade...

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