The Spirit of Jade: Its Sacred and Noble Status in Chinese Culture

This large jade ring from the Qing Dynasty exemplifies the original style that influenced Chinese jewelry like jade bracelets for many years to come. (Courtesy of the National Palace Museum)
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Jade is a beautiful stone that suggests water-like fluidity and kindness. Beyond its delicate yet firm texture, it embodies thousands of years of Chinese culture. One can get a sense of Chinese people’s long-lasting admiration for the luster and brilliance of jade through children’s names, poetry, literature, and paintings.  A Tale of Jade From the Neolithic In Chinese legend, Gong Gong, the lord of water, was defeated in an epic battle with Zhu Rong, the lo
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