Legends & Belief

6 Jade – The Stone of Heaven

June 5, 2011By 0 Comments
6 Jade – The Stone of Heaven

In the beginning, as wild beasts roamed the raw earth in search of prey, the people wandered the land of the earth in search of fruits, roots, plants and small wild animals for food.  They had only broken branches snapped from trees to be made as clubs and spears to protect themselves against attacks from […]

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5 The Most Precious Piece of Jade

May 23, 2011By 0 Comments
5 The Most Precious Piece of Jade

During the time of the Warring States in the Chinese history, 8th century B.C. in the State of Chu, Bian He discovered a piece of jade in the Jing Mountains in the Province of Hubei.  He hastened to present it to Emperor Li of Chu.  Unfortunately, the advisers of Emperor Li declared that the piece […]

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4 The Love of a Jade Carver

January 22, 2011By 0 Comments
4 The Love of a Jade Carver

Once upon a time there was a poor young jade carver, in love with a rich man’s daughter. The girl’s father forbade the courtship, but, young and in love, the pair eloped anyway. To do this the young man had to give up his art, since his style was so unique that any object he […]

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3 Qilin & The Jade Book

July 23, 2010By 147 Comments
3 Qilin & The Jade Book

According to Chinese mythology, the Qilin is the unicorn with a single horn on its forehead, a bright yellow belly, a multi-colored back, the hooves of a horse, the scales of a dragon, the body of a deer and the tail of an ox.  In another version, the Qilin has two antelope-like horns, body of […]

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2 Confucius On The Virtues of Jade

June 10, 2010By 118 Comments
2 Confucius On The Virtues of Jade

In the Li Ki or Memories on the Propriety and of the Rites published in 1913, the famous definition of the essence of Jade as told by Confucius to his disciple Tseu-Koung is reported: Tseu-Koung questioning Confucius said: “ Permit me to ask why jade was very valued by the sages while alabaster was not, […]

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1 Jade ‘Fishing’ in Olden China

May 29, 2010By 41 Comments
1 Jade ‘Fishing’ in Olden China

In the classical belief of the Chinese, Jade was a product of Nature formed by the interaction of the essence of the great mountains and rivers.  It was thought to contain the raw and the primordial ‘qi’ (breath) of Heaven and Earth. Jade is the positive force and the Yang (positive) element. In the olden […]

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