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Jade – The Stone of Heaven

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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 these wild beasts. As these clubs and spears were not strong enough to ward off these huge wild beasts, thus, these people were often at the mercy of them.

The people had to move in groups to forage for food as the larger the number of people the greater would be the security.  Even then, the group often lost a member or sometimes more than one member would lose his life to the vicious attack of these wild beasts.  When the life of a member was lost there would be tremendous grief among the people as an adult life was precious.  Infants and children often died young during the cold months of winter.

One day a group of 12 people were out hunting.  They did not have much luck for that day and they only managed to trap a few small animals.  Though the day was still young, the sky was already overcast with dark angry clouds and it looked like rain would burst forth upon the mighty earth in torrents.  Occasionally when there were far away flashes of lighning followed by the rumbling sound of distant thunder, the ground would shook.  But this group of people was fearless as they knew that they had the heavy responsibility of bringing food back to their cave of abode.

Suddenly a huge black beast, more than twice the height of the people’s leader, with heavy broad shoulders and a mane of dirt-clad blackish hair and with claws that were about the size of a man’s forefinger, appeared from nowhere and bellowed aloud with an errie howl that echoed through the land like a trapped and wounded animal.  The beast romped towards the leader of the group clumsily and pawed at the leader.  Miraculously, the leader warded off the maul with his club and fell heavily onto the raw earth.  The remaining group of people descended onto the huge beast in unison and tried to pierce it with their somewhat pathetic wooden spears.  The huge beast swung around and with one swoop fell down another 3 of the people.  Clearly, these people were no match for the brute force of the beast.

At this fortuitous moment, there was a blinding light from heavenward followed by a thunderous clap just behind the beast.  A tall tree charred by the lighting fell slowly with a loud breaking creak and smaller trees caught fire.  The beast was suddenly frightened as never before and ran backwards on all fours and disappeared into the bushes.

Just then the people heard a loud crash that told them something had fell from the sky.  They went in search for it and found that it was a quite a big stone.  They knew then that the Thunder God had again saved them by giving them a hard stone to make into an axe as a weapon to hunt and as a weapon to protect themselves, the first time being when the Thunder God bestowed on them the lightning fire so that they could cook their food.

The people then called this stone, Jade – the Stone of Heaven.

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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.