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Jade ‘Fishing’ in Olden China


Maidens Fishing For Jade In The River

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 days, jade pebbles were picked by young maidens threading naked on the turbulent river bed in the middle of the night.  The Yin (negative) energy of the young maiden and the dominant Yin force of the night would attract the positive Yang element of jade.  Thus, when a maiden stepped onto a jade pebble there would be an immediate attraction because of the opposite polarity and the young maiden would submerge and pick up the jade pebble.

Upon securing a jade pebble the maiden would raise her hand and walk to the shore.  A gong would herald the finding of a jade pebble, the size of it would commensurate with the cadence and the duration of the drum beatings.  A maiden would be richly rewarded if she found a fist-size pebble of immeasurable value and quality.

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I am a Graduate Gemologist trained at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in New York City, USA. I hold an MBA degree from Cranfield University, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics. My earlier profession was a banker until I found jade in Myanmar (Burma) in the early 90s. I have traveled to the fabled Hpakan Jade mines, and Mogok, the world’s famous rubies and sapphires mines in upper Burma, with my second son. Three of my children are also Graduate Gemologist, GIA, NYC and they deal in diamonds, gemstones and jade. 我是在美国纽约市的美国宝石学院(GIA)接受过培训的宝石研究学家。 我拥有英国克兰菲尔德大学的工商管理硕士学位和数学学士学位。我以前的职业是银行家,直到90年代初我在缅甸接触到玉石。我曾经和我的次子一起去过缅甸上流传说中的哈帕翡翠矿山和莫谷矿山, 莫谷矿山是世界上著名的红宝石和蓝宝石矿山。我的三个孩子都是纽约市GIA毕业的宝石研究学家, 他们专门处理钻石,宝石和玉石.


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  14. En.Arthur, which country produces the best quality jade ? China jade is very famous right ? How to tell that the jade is genuine or fake ?

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