The Mysterious Effects of Jade

The Mysterious Effects of Jade

Jade has grown up with the civilization of human beings. Jade has especially taken a very important position in Chinese culture. There are all kinds of myths about jade, some of which I will share some with you. Ancient Chinese believed that to find a suitable jade is like trying to find a soul mate. You shall have a very strong feeling towards it when you see the right jade. Then once you choose a jade pendant, you shall make a commitment to wear it. Once a strong bond has been formed between you and your jade, then it will nurture your body and soul and shelter you from bad luck. Due to its physical characteristics, some jade will absorb sunlight in the daytime and release the light at night. Wearing it at night, the jade can massage the blood points of...

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The Legend of Pixiu

The Legend of Pixiu

A fabulously fierce beast called Pixiu (貔貅 pí xiū), is believed to be more powerful than the lion or any other animal, and in ancient literature, it is referred to as Mengshou (猛獸 měng shòu) or ‘Fierce Beast’ and enters into popular folklore and folk belief that it is a guardian animal that stands for fair-lay and right. In the Shizhouji (十洲記 shí zhōu jì), contained in the huge Taoist compilation Daocang (道藏 dào cáng), it notes that: In the third year of the reign Zhenghe (征和 zhēng hé ) [90 B.C.], when the Han Emperor Hanwudi (漢武帝 hàn wǔ dì) visited An-ting, the King of the Western barbarians, offered a ‘Fierce Beast’ (Mengshou) that resembled a fifty or sixty day-old puppy, as large as a civet but brown in color....

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How to select and evaluate jadeite – Part 2

How to select and evaluate jadeite – Part 2

Enhancement is an artificial way to improve the appearance of jadeite. Enhancement is able to advance the selling price of jadeite but not the real value. To unveil the secretes of enhancement can lock you on the real value of the jadeite. Due to the degree of treatment jadeite can be classified as following types: Type A (Allowing): No treatment is allowed except for surface waxing. The surface waxing is serving for the purpose to make the appearance more smooth and improve its higher reflecting capability. Allowing jadeite preserves the authentic quality to the most. Therefore you shall experience all the virtues of the nature of jadeite. Even under the daylight with your unaided eyes, you shall feel its fine texture, pure and soft color, and clear and distinct...

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A practical method to judge the quality of a Jadeite Bangle

A practical method to judge the quality of a Jadeite Bangle

How can you determine the quality of a Type A Jadeite Bangle? Hang the jadeite bangle with a string, take a slightly bigger jadeite pendant (cylindrical shape is preferred) and tap it. If the sound is clear and crisp like a copper bell with a pure deep metallic quality, then it is very possibly Type A Jadeite. Flash a light at the bangle from its side and if the Color Root is not continuous, meaning some color on the surface is different than in the middle of the jade, then it is more probably Type B.          Note:  1) Color Root is the color in the heart of the jade. 2) If the bangle is “washed” by strong acid which is Type B+A, then it will be difficult to be judged under 30X magnification. In this respect, listening to the echo is probably...

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How to select and evaluate jadeite – Part 1

How to select and evaluate jadeite – Part 1

There are a handful of modern instruments can provide you the indicators of Jadeite. An authorized certificate is probably a very useful reference for you. However, don’t forget everything can be faked nowadays. Therefore, equipping yourself with some “hands on” knowledge of selecting jadeite is certainly not a bad idea. Usually you can judge the quality from the following 5 areas, they are: Color: The more fresh green the better; Transparency: More transparent the better. The internal structural and texture defines the quality a lot. If the internal structural and texture is more compact and has better quality, the transparency degree shall be ascending in relation to this virtue. Usually the glass-liked jadeite is considered as the top level. Evenness of...

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