Vintage Art Deco Carved Jade Brooch Pin Silver

The word "jade" communicates a sense of mystery. In Mandarin, "jade" (yu) refers to a fine, beautiful stone with a warm color and rich luster, that is skillfully and delicately carved. Jade has been mined and used in jewelry for royalty since the Neolithic period, and is prized internationally still today for it's beauty and symbolism, as well as it's cultural and historical significance. Xu Shen, the Chinese scholar-official and philologist from the Han Dynasty, 58 – 148 BC, noted the five virtues of jade: charity, rectitude, wisdom, courage, and equity. Chinese tradition also holds that jade should be worn as close to the heart as possible. Rings and bracelets go on the left side, as it is nearest the heart. Brooches like this one are perfect to wear on a scarf, blouse or jacket for maximum protection and healing.

This vintage Art Deco jade brooch was handcrafted around 1930, and is almost certainly Chinese in origin. A slender silver frame holds a stunning green and white hand carved jade plaque. The highly detailed, pierced and carved design shows flowering blossoms and leaves of a fruit tree. The jade is 22 mm wide, 48 mm in diameter and 4.5 mm in depth, and all together the brooch weighs 12.5 grams. There are no marks, but it has been professionally acid tested and is Sterling silver.

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ITEM ID: BHL06826VA



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