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Chinese Jade and Stone Carvings

The term 'Jade' and its Chinese name yu, are often used to designate many different stones and glossy materials. While the name Jade in the west is mostly limited to refer to the minerals jadeite and nephrite, the Chinese Jade (Yu) is a wide concept covering almost any finely worked ancient mineral artifact. The materials that occur are ranging from relatively hard minerals such as agate and crystal and all the way to marble and soapstone. Despite the confusion it could be argued that the proper definition of Chinese Jade should reflect the use the word 'Yu' have in the Chinese culture.

The two most typical 'Jade' minerals are Nephrite, which is a silicate of calcium and magnesium. That has been worked in China since the Neolithic period when it was brought in from Central Asia. Jadeite on the other hand, is a silicate of sodium and aluminum with a different crystal structure. It is slightly harder than nephrite. Jadeite do not seems to have been much used before the Qing dynasty when it by the end of the 18th century was brought in from Upper Burma.

While both nephrite and jadeite are found in a range of different colors, depending the presence of small quantities of iron, chromium or magnesium, the brilliant green stones used in fine Chinese jewelry are jadeite.

Most of the small colorful and glossy stone figures we find today are traditional dress ornaments and good luck symbols from the 18th century and later. Due to its hardness it was considered good protection to carry a pieces of Jade on your body, since that would take the blow if someone tried to hurt you. If the Jade was worked into the shape of a turtle, with its hard shell, that would offer even better protection. Modern souvenir trinkets abounds, made in all kinds of materials, inclusive of glass, so some care is recommended studying the workmanship which tells what is good or not. Kindly see our glossary for more information on the Chinese concept of Jade (Yu).

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For sale - JD88 - Jade dress ornamentJD88 - Jade dress ornament
JD88 - Jade dress ornament. Greenish dress ornament in the s ...
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For sale - Jade toggleJade toggle
Jade dress toggle in the shape of two felines positioned aga ...
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For sale - JD10 - Square hard stone
objectJD10 - Square hard stone object
Square stone object, possible a ritual object. All four corn ...
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For the Chinese, jade brings protection and good luck to the ...
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Stone pendant with a rat riding on a Chinese water buffalo. ...
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In Asia, jade is the most popular and most precious of all s ...
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For sale - JD12 - Knee standing miniature
stone figureJD12 - Knee standing miniature stone figure
This figure reflects both serenity and activity due to its f ...
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Chinese belt toggles called 'zhuizi' are small carved orname ...
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For sale - Jade ram miniature figureJade ram miniature figure
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For sale - Jade turtle toggleJade turtle toggle
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For sale - Jade dress ornament or
pendant.Jade dress ornament or pendant.
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For sale - Jade pendantJade pendant
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For sale - Jade Pa Kua pendantJade Pa Kua pendant
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For sale - Jade Bi pendant discJade Bi pendant disc
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Bi (Chinese: 璧; pinyin: bý; Wade-Giles: pi) d ...
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For sale - Jade Pa Kua pendantJade Pa Kua pendant
Jade pendant in the form of a Bagua (Pa Kua) or the 8 Trigra ...
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Jade pendant in the form of a Bagua (Pa Kua) or the 8 Trigra ...
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For sale - Jade Bi pendant discJade Bi pendant disc
Bi (Chinese: 璧; pinyin: bý; Wade-Giles: pi) d ...
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