First of all, jade appearance good-looking, rich colors. Ancient" Shuowen" records, called Yu, is the" stone of beauty". The color of jade green, dark green, with green, gray, white, color deep and soft, form a kind of unique gentle smooth color. Chinese like a translucent white to yellow-white" white jade" - Hetian jade, and white mixed with green belt --" the snow jade jade moss".
Secondly, the ancient superstition, think that jade and ward off evil role. With jade cup, bowl, dish and other ritual paraphernalia and bracelets, rings, Hosta, cigarette holder and other decorations.
In third, jade's toughness, able to endure the hammer blows, this property even diamond can not be compared with. The use of jade color and this advantage can be carved into the shapes of animals, plants, pavilions, pagodas and other fine crafts and decorations.
On 1935, an earthquake struck southern California, Santa Barbara in a small crafts store collections of Chinese art are falling to the ground. But to the relief, the most valuable jade products while on the top shelf, but none damage. Obviously, the jade is very tough.
At the end of the Qing Dynasty Jade Empress Dowager Cixi greedy life. Reportedly, a tributary dedicated a large diamond tiara, she did not receive, but like shuttle her small but exquisite" emperor," jade products. She has a valuable ring, shaped like a small cucumber, is a high-quality jade carved. Dai Yu bracelet on her wrist, several finger has the superior Jasper ring and three inch long jade nail cover, to eat and drink with carved jade, jade and Yu Cha bowl chopsticks. After her death, was buried with large jade treasures.
The world's largest jade is a 1971 American California, Terre near the seafloor mined, weighing 5 tons, was named the" jade king". In Canada in 1977 Watson Lake found a stone weighing 28 tons of soft jade. In Burma province in 1978 found a piece of jade, weigh 90 tons. But as early as 1960, in China's Liaoning province Xiuyan County mining a large chunk of jade, volume 106.8m3, weighing 267.76 tons, more than three foreign jade total weight is 204.05 tons, delicate texture, transparency, is the real" jade king".