Vintage Jade Eggplant Ring in 12 Karat Gold, Carved Front and Back

     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. For millennia, jade has been an intimate part of the lives of Chinese of all ranks and classes. It is viewed as the most valuable of all precious stones.  

     The eggplant, along with its cap, looked to the ancient Chinese like a man wearing a cap, and the caps of them were often awarded to officials when they were promoted to official office and became symbolic of this heightened status. This fantastic carved jade eggplant most likely predates the handcrafted custom 12 karat gold mounting that it now resides in. It has a fantastic bright green color and wonderful soft luster.  

     The face is 30.7 mm from N to S and 18.6 mm from E to W. The jade stone is one inch long (25.7 mm) from N to S, 1/2 inch (13 mm) from E to W. The face of this ring is 7.5 mm thick and the band is 1.5 mm wide and 1.3 mm thick at the back. This ring weighs 5.6 grams and is a size 6 (but could easily be resized by a skilled jeweler). It has been acid tested to be 12 karat gold, but bears no marks.

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SKU: RG0512113V

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