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Jade History

Jade is the 12th, 30th and 35th Wedding Anniversary Gemstone. European, Asian and America civilization are well-known for their jade culture.

Notable European cultures such as the Greek, the Roman used jade extensively both as barter and as symbols of wealth and status. As early as the 16th century, Jadeite was believed to be a precious and hard jade with healing qualities for the human stomach and kidneys.

For thousands of years , jade has been the most sought-after jewelry in the orient, especially in China where people treasure it more than any other materials. Jade has been adored and revered by the Chinese people since it was brought into China during the early Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). From the down of civilization, in spite of the formidable that have fallen upon the Chinese, both sentiment toward jade and the tradition of jade artistry have endured the passage of time and remained undiminished in strength. There is a saying in China that everything has a price, but jade is priceless.

Jade History

In Central America, the Olmecs, the Mayans, the Toltecs all also treasured jade and used it for carvings and masks. The Aztecs instituted a tax in jade, which unfortunately led to the recycling of earlier artworks.

Today 90% of Jadeite jade is produced in Burma, which is known as Myanmar. Called “the king of jade’, jadeite jade is usually a more expensive type of jade for it’s much more vivid green colors and finer translucency than nephrite jade. Every year, the state-owned Myanmar Gems Enterprise holds the Myanma Gems, Jade, and Pearl Emporium where boulders are sold by tender to the top jade dealers from around the world.

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