Antique Chinese Jade Carved Pendant Silk Pearl

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. In Chinese culture, jade symbolizes nobility, perfection, constancy, and immortality. It is known as the “imperial gem”, as it was worn by the most wealthy and influential members of society.  For millennia, jade has been an intimate part of the lives of Chinese of all ranks and classes. It has been mined and used in jewelry for royalty since the Neolithic period. 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. 

This antique jade pendant was handcrafted around 1900, and is likely Chinese. A silk hanger supports seed pearls on gold wire and a stunning green and white jade pendant. The pierced and carved design shows hummingbirds fluttering around flowers, and sipping sweet nectar. The jade is 55 mm in diameter and 4 mm in depth. The drop is 97 mm in length. Overall, this unique piece weighs 19.2 grams. There are no marks. The top bead on this pendant has a hairline crack, the pendant itself is in excellent condition.

Many Chinese people wear their jade as close to the heart as possible. Rings and bracelets go on the left side, as it is nearest the heart. Pendants like this slip perfectly over the neck to rest next to the heart, protecting it and healing it.

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