What is Jade?

What is Jade?

According to modern mineralogy, the term jade applies to two different rocks, Nephrite and Jadeite. However, jade stone definitely has broader meaning. Jade has many different interpretations due to different eras and different disciplines. The ancient definition of jade is very vague and broad. In China, jade in ancient literature was defined as “the elites in all the stones can be called as Jade” (“Shuo Wen”-Xu Shen Donghan Dynasty).  A great numbers of jade art crafts in ancient literature are actually not real jade according to the strict definition of jade in the scope of modern mineralogy. Especially, modern archaeologists are still applying the ancient definition to the excavation findings. So don’t be surprised when you see some...

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Thank You, My Dear Friends!

Under the significant influence of my Grandpa an eminent collector in China, I started MingJade.com to share what I learned since I was a baby, and my life long passion. Lot of things happened in the last few years. Career change, moving, marriage, baby…it seems all kinds of excuses for me to halt my beloved blogs :). Among all the life changes I’ve been receiving very warm and encouraging letters from my fans all over the world. Same time Google Analytics also told me MingJade had around 18,000 visitors in last few years. I felt so guilty not to continue writing! Thank you all the friends around the world for all the support ! No more excuses, I’m back and  will definitely keep on writing! Very Sincerely, Lily Tweet

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Unlock the Secrete Meanings of Gemstones

Though they are sparkly, pretty and intriguing, gemstones from the dawn of time have served as talismans of good health fortune and prosperity. Used to ward off negativity in some form, each has their own properties and meanings. Below is a list of some of the most popular gemstones and there meanings: Diamonds The most sought-after gemstones, i.e., diamonds with the highest level of hardness property—10. Diamonds are also considered to be a symbol of infinity. They have been used as talismans to draw away physical ailments. Pearls Pearls have less hardness properties than diamonds and are created within the interior of certain mollusks. Pearls, in certain societies, are the symbol for purity. They have been considered to emit certain properties that create...

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Why Beijing Olympics medals use Kunlun jade

Why Beijing Olympics medals use Kunlun jade

Kunlun Jade, a kind of nephrite, is named after Kunlun mountain located in Qinghai China. Kunlun is the most mysterious mountain among all the famous mountains in China. Kunlun was also the cradle of the Kunlun genre of Taoism. Kunlun is rooted from Pamirs, which runs across middle Asia. Therefore Kunlun is also called as the spine of Asia. Kunlun has born many legends. It was revered as a holy mountain which was a settlement for the gods. Ancient Chinese believed Kunlun was the “origin of all the mountains” and the “birth land of Imperial genealogy”. In the earliest legend, there was a god with a human face and tiger body protecting this holy land. Later on, the queen of the gods of heaven became the owner of Kunlun. In many ancient literature, Kunlun...

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Beijing Olympics medals will be made from Jade

Beijing Olympics medals will be made from Jade

Kunlun Jade, a precious stone from Kunlun Mountains in Northwest China’s Qinghai Province, will be used to make Olympic medals for the Beijing 2008 Games. The news was announced here on Wednesday following a ceremony at which the government of Qinghai Province signed a memo of understanding with the Beijing Games organizers (BOCOG) on jade donation for Olympic medals. “All the 3,000-plus jade discs, which are to be set into the gold, sliver and bronze medals, will have been processed by March, before they are handed over to BOCOG,” said Jidi Majia, vice governor of Qinghai Province. “The jade all comes from part of Kunlun Mountains in Qinghai, which boasts abundant high quality jade.” he added. “We have different colors of...

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