Sunday, January 12, 2020

Jade Teapot and Teapot Sets - Amazing Use of Jade!

I finally listed the jade teapots and teapot set that were "buried" in the inventory.  It took several weeks to get the photos so they look like "the real thing".  Then study them carefully and try to remember the history.  And if you read these blogs, you know that it is difficult for me to list and sell something I truly love.  Yes, it's jade teapots.  I did keep one set for myself.

I purchased the jade teapots during my trip to China in 2000.  I didn't intend to buy teapots to sell because they are heavy, and I had to carry them home in my luggage which means less room for jade bangle bracelets, pendants, all of the things I sell online.  But my first experience was when I went to a Chinese government jade museum in north east China, near Xiuyang. They rarely saw "foreigners" so I got a good look around.  Fascinating jade items.  The good green translucent Chinese jade that Chinese people have worn for centuries.  And that was when I was introduced to "river jade".  Some of the jade mines had rivers that caused the jade to get unique natural color, not only green but also honey, charcoal and black, yellow and red-orange.  I bought my first teapot set there.

Vintage "River Jade" Chinese Teapot Set

That was the year I met a jade carver in China who would make most of the Chinese jade items I sell.  When the person who is still my associate in China took me to the jade market to meet him, he pulled out some teapots that he had stashed away.  Maybe he didn't really want to sell them, like me when I love something!

"Flower and Bird" Chinese Jade Teapot SetA vintage set carved prior to the year 2000
One of my favorites is a large jade teapot with four small jade teapots.  This is a Dynasty, vintage set that is very rare.

Pumpkin Shape Large Teapot with Four Small Teapots
Of course I purchased very unique and well carved jade teapots.  These two are also vintage and unique:

"Power, Strength and Good Luck" Jade Teapot Set

This teapot is relates to the Chinese Spring Festival.  "Rooster Rides Elephant" is symbolic of honesty, protection, wisdom and strength.

"Rooster Rides Elephant" Chinese Jade Teapot Set

Jade always "means something".   That is part of Chinese culture.  When you display one in your home, office or special place. you and those who observe it benefit from the "good qi energy" of jade.  

These are the only teapot sets I bought because of the price, storage, and cost for shipping because they need special wrapping and are heavy to ship.  I do have to resist asking my jade carver what he has to sell now!

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

Jade Rollers for Health, Wellness and Beauty

Ying Yu Jade introduced jade rollers to USA 20 years ago.  When I went to China in 1999 to learn Chinese medicine with my qigong group, we went to a Chinese medicine hospital for some lectures and experiences.   We learned that most Chinese people kept jade rollers in their "medicine cabinets" along with jade gua sha tools, pressure needles and herbal remedies.   We also had a tour of the hospital.   Each patient had these tools, jade rollers in their rooms, and they were used often.

Jade rollers are used to roll on your skin, usually in a downward motion.  Patients learned where their qi meridians were, and rolled over the meridians and acupuncture points to free "stuck qi" points, so their qi would flow smoothly and resolve health issues.  During the Mao Revolution, Chinese "barefoot doctors" roamed through the countryside and always carried jade rollers and gua sha tools as their medical tools.

I was very impressed with "real" Chinese medicine and returned every year for a long time, so I was able to meet the jade carver and learn how jade rollers were made.  Our jade carver uses genuine and natural jade that he purchases from the jade mine and makes them to Chinese medicine standards.  He made the classic double jade rollers, medium jade rollers with only the large roller, small rollers with only the small roller head.

Ying Yu Jade small, medium and large double jade rollers

Ying Yu Jade carver in China make our jade rollers

I have had restless leg syndrome for many years, and getting treated in China was much more helpful than being treated in USA.  I didn't need prescription medicine that causes side effects.  The jade roller I use often is a larger roller with "needles" in the head.  It improves circulation as well as smooths the qi that is stuck and causes pain and frustrating movement.   I start the roller at my hips and slowly, mindfully roll towards my knees for awhile.  Then roll across knees, where there are acupoints that affect the pain, then from knees to ankles for a few minutes.  There are also acupoints in the bottom of the feet, so I use the roller on my feet for awhile.

Ying Yu Jade "Acu-Roller"
Jade has good qi energy, and the jade rollers are on of the best combinations of a treatment with the jade qi and the roller part.  Now they have become very popular for facial use, smoothing the skin, facial wrinkles, and improving blood flow.  But of course like all jade now, you have to be careful you are getting "real jade", not marble or glass rollers that are sold as "jade".

You can trust you are getting the best quality jade rollers on Ying Yu Jade.

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Saturday, November 30, 2019

How Jade Can Improve Your Life - What Kind of Jade is Best for Me

If you have a special piece of jade that you wear, you know how that can make you feel so good!   It makes what you're wearing look more pretty or handsome, and you can enjoy the compliments from others when they tell you how much they like your jade.

And jade can improve your life.  That's the main reason I still sell jade online.  And of course making income from selling anything improves your life, but jade is more "personal".   Jade has been known for centuries to have positive qi energy,  good for body, mind and spirit.

Here's my story for today.   A family member has been very ill for quite a long time, and I have been committed to helping improve the health.  This person does not "believe" in jade, but I do, and if it helps me, it helps him, too.  Today I was rushing around getting things organized and cleaning up, making meals, doing laundry,  indoor and outdoor work.  While stupidly trying to do three things at the same time, I fell holding a heavy object, and twisted my ankle and knee.  I immediately got my jade roller and jade gua sha tool to gently scrape the area to curb swelling and blood building up, and then roll over the area with the jade roller.  Then I sat for awhile with ice packs on ankle and knee, and help my jade acu-ring and moved it around my hands and fingers to relieve stress.  It's been about 12 hours now since the accident, and no swelling or pain.

My "everyday" special and cherished Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet
But the rest of the day was stressful and busy.  When I saw the sun setting, I went outside on the screened porch, played with my jade bangle bracelet to relieve stress and relax, and enjoyed the sunset.  My heart rate went back to normal and I felt peace and comfort inside. 

I realized it was time to get our my jade "problem solvers".   They are clearance jade balls and eggs that have a number on each one.  I have a list of "chores" that need to be done, and match the number I put on the jade ball or egg to the number of the chore.  For example, if I pull out ball with number 2, the number 2 card is to clean out a drawer or shelf in a room.  This process helps me do tasks that need to be done without wasting time deciding what to do first.  I started this "jade numbers" task when I was using clearance jade eggs and ben wa balls to put in the soil around plants that are not doing well.

"Jade numbers" match chore numbers to determine what task I will do

I'm a busy person and friends often tell me to take more time off from working on my jade web sites.  But they don't understand that photographing, listing, touching the jade for awhile is very calming and relaxing, and makes me feel good.

And that's why when people ask "what kind of jade should I get" I tell them to look over the style you are interested in, and if you find an item you keep coming back to look at, it makes you smile, and maybe drool a little, then that jade has the right kind of energy for you.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Is My Jade Real? Are My Jade Rollers REAL Jade?

This online business keeps me busy.  Products to photograph and list, orders to fill, customers who have many questions.  One of the most common questions: "is my jade real?". 

I also have a home and a husband, so that part of life is also time consuming.  And I have good friends and an active social life.

So I shop online a lot. 

I used to buy most of my clothes, accessories, and many other things on Amazon Prime.  It used to be easy to return items, like clothes that don't fit the way you think they will.   On Amazon I could request a return and refund, print a USPS label that would make it easy to return because it's easy and free to schedule a USPS pick up.  Now Amazon only gives UPS labels, and you have to take the package to a UPS drop off or store, because UPS charges for pick up.

That's when I started shopping at Ross store,  usually weekly, because it's close to home, and convenient.  I discovered that the clothes, shoes and most household products like towels, rugs, cookware cost less than Amazon's and I could touch them, try them on, and then know what I am getting.

A few weeks ago when I was shopping in the body and hair supplies at Ross, I saw a jade roller.  It was only $6.99 and I was surprised because that's cheaper than what I pay for my jade rollers, plus shipping from China.  The box was sealed, so I couldn't examine it, and I bought it.  This is what I got:

"Jade" Roller purchased at Ross store

The picture on the box looked like a "real" jade roller.  But the actual roller was very different, the color darker and not "glowing" like jade.    I sent this photo to my associate in China who works with our jade carver.   This is what he sent me:

"Fake" jade rollers, made from marble

Genuine natural traditional Chinese jade rollers.  Moderately translucent,
with good qi energyPlease note photos taken by our jade carver in
China on mobile phone, not edited, so the "real thing" is much nicer than the photo shows.  

 Real Chinese jade is a light-to-medium green and moderately translucent.  Sometimes when there is a supply of really "good green" jade, the jade carver makes some for me as "something special".    Yes, these "fake jade rollers" are nice and green, and they work like a roller should, but if you are looking for the good qi energy of real jade for health and healing, you get that only from "real jade". And real jade, "China's Traditional Jade", does cost more than marble or fake.

When you purchase jade rollers from Ying Yu Jade or Jade Heaven, or  JadeRollersWholesale, you are guaranteed to receive traditional genuine and natural jade, the kind of jade used by Chinese medicine doctors and people in China for centuries. 

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Jade Rollers Wholesale for Health and Beauty

Ying Yu Jade introduced jade rollers to USA in the 1990's.  We went to China to learn Chinese medicine, and discovered how popular jade rollers are.  Not only used by Chinese medicine doctors, but every household in China had jade rollers to help with smoothing the body's qi flow for health and wellness.  Not they are popular in the rest of the world not only for health and wellness, but also for beauty, relaxation and massage.
Ying Yu Jade wants to offer jade rollers for wholesale at the lowest price.  If we sell the jade rollers wholesale on the web site, the costs include shipping charges from China to Florida, USA, and then shipping charges to the person or company that buys them.  
We now have a way to save you money on wholesale jade rollers order.
We made a web site that includes photos, prices and our associate in China contact information.  The prices are updated as the cost of jade and workmanship sometimes varies so we keep you up to date.  The prices are based on quantity.  You can then contact our associate in China to place your order.
If you want a sample of the jade rollers, you can order them from the Ying Yu Jade web site, Jade Rollers for Health and Beauty.
Our jade carver in China buys the jade from the jade mine, then carves and makes the jade rollers to high standards.  He ships as quickly as possible, and knows the least expensive way to ship internationally so you can get your jade rollers order as soon as possible.
Ying Yu Jade Rollers for Health and Beauty Wholesale

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

G&LW Wholesale Gem Jewelry Show 2019 - Buying and Selling Jade

The November G&LW Wholesale Gem Jewelry Show and Sale was this weekend in Orlando.  If you read previous posts, you know I have a tremendous supply of jade that I am pricing lower to get it sold and worn rather than sitting in a storage box.  I was hoping to find a few items from my favorite jade sellers, but determined to very picky and selective  about anything I purchased. 

Only one of the five jade sellers I usually buy from were there at this show.  And the seller had very similar items I purchased last time, but the prices have almost tripled.  My customers like jadeite bead bracelets and I have purchased strings of beads 8-12 mm that are genuine and natural Burmese jadeite and have them made into bracelets.   That was disappointing, but them I realized that if he increased his prices, jade might be increasing in value and higher selling prices.

I wandered through the show and resisted the temptation to buy gemstones and jewelry for myself.  Halfway through the vendors, I stood back and partially closed my eyes to get a "feel" for the energy of the vendors.  It led me to a vendor who was selling metal bowls, the "singing bowls".  I have several and use them for meditation, absorbing the vibrations which are healing.  Of course they were so "modern" and didn't have all the variety of metal in them that the older ones do, but still a good sound.  I knew I have better at home.

So much has changed in the 20+ years I've been doing qigong, taiji, yoga, Reiki and it sure doesn't feel like "my world" anymore!

Then I saw a gem seller who had a small bangle holder with a few Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets on it.  I picked up the first one and knew right away it was not grade A because of the dull chime, and asked the price:  $3000   I told her that seemed a very high price for B or C grade jadeite, and she wanted to know how I knew it wasn't grade A.  I showed her the jade bangle I was wearing, and this Chinese woman then knew I knew what I was talking about.  She offered to sell it tome for $1500.  I smiled and walked away.

A few aisles over I again saw a Chinese woman with several of the bangle bars on her stand, and they were all grade A.  They were like the "Modern Jade" we sell, with certificates of Chinese gemology testing.  Her prices started at $500.  That's wholesale price.  It's traditional for sellers to make their price approximately three times what you paid for it.  You have the price you paid, the costs for photography, listing it and the costs of web sites, insurance, shipping,  advertising, and the costs you pay to accept credit cards, which means you also pay state taxes on the amount it is sold for,  which is close to the cost you paid.  So the profit is hopefully one third for the seller. 

(When I'm having a "make an offer" sale, and have a jade that I list as $500,  and someone offers me $100, I cannot accept it because that doesn't even cover the cost of what I paid for it, so that's why your offer may be declined)

Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets for sale at gem show

Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets and jewelry for sale at gem show

I didn't see anyone buying from her every time I checked back, but I would guess someone would want to buy a jade bangle for their personal use or as a gift, but not to re-sell.  I was very inspired talking with her and learning she uses the jadeite to draw buyers to her other gem and jewelry items.  And makes me wonder if I should continue to promote "make an offer" and continue lowering prices, because my Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets are as pretty, the "old mine" ones much more valuable. The reality is that I truly do want the jade I sell to be worn by someone who loves it, rather than sitting in a storage box.  The jade I sell is like an investment, will increase in value, but jade is more than about money:  it's the good qi energy and traditional of wearing jade.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

How Much Should I Pay for Jade Bangle Bracelets, Pendants? How to Make an Offer.

Since early August I started a big jade project.  My home office, and actually my entire home is filled with boxes of jade!  And it was not the way I want my home to look.  So it was time to sort through  every box.  My office walls have metal shelves along the walls.  When I list a jade item, it gets a stock number and gets put into the proper box.  The boxes are mostly large shoe boxes because when they are filled they are still easy to manage and not too heavy (and another reason to treat myself to new shoes often!) Every space in the office is filled with boxes.  After I checked all the items on the web site and confirmed they are still available, then it was time to go through all the storage boxes of jade items not photographed and listed yet.

Yes, that is work but it sure is fun work!   It's very tempting to keep what I like for myself, but I have way too much "personal" jade, especially the jade bangle bracelets.  In the guest bedroom I have a wooden tall "jewelry box", and when that gets filled, I promised myself that I would not add more and stash it "somewhere else".

My personal jade bangle bracelets live in this

All this gorgeous, unique jade!  Instead of being in storage boxes, it should be on a wrist, on a necklace, used for health and wellness.  On Jade Heaven web site, there is a statement on the Sale page that states if you see jade you like, and really want it, you can make an offer for a price that feels good for you and fair for both of us.  I have accepted most of the offers, and negotiated with the customers for only a few items.  To make an offer, first set up an account with name and address.  Then send an email with your offer to us with the item number, brief description.  If accepted, we send you an invoice (the reason we need your account set up).  If the offer is too low, we will send you another price offer.  When I shopped for jade in China at jade markets, the sellers never had prices on their jade.  I asked the price, and then made an offer, and we bargained until we both agreed.  So the "make an offer" is a traditional way to buy jade.

On Ying Yu Jade, there's a Collection called "Ying Yu's Jewelry Box" that features jade I want to keep for myself, but decided it really does belong with someone who will wear it, not store it in my jade bangle bracelet cabinet.  The jade bangles in this Collection are bangles I bought for myself, but because I didn't try them on while I was bargaining (because I didn't want the seller to know how much I wanted it for myself!) and they really don't fit me well.   One of my favorites that I am parting with is a very vintage, probably made prior to the year 2000.  It's carved very detailed all around with dragons.  Very pale green, almost white, with some "hong" red veins in it.  It was not high polished probably to not damage the fabulous carving, and to look different, but excellent.  It's value is around $3000+ but listed very low because I'm so tempted to keep it.

Ying Yu's Jewelry Box #V1258Pale green Burmese jadeite with "hong" veins, carved with dragons

The jade I keep for myself is not only because it is beautiful.  There is often a story behind it, how I acquired it.  One that I wear most of the time was acquired from a Chinese woman I was sitting next to on a train in China.  She keep looking in my handbag whenever I opened it, and I finally showed her what I had.  She offered to trade her jade bangle for some of my personal items, and of course I was happy to do that.  I always think of that trip in China when I wear the bangle.

And you are welcome to "trade" your cash for my jade, making an offer you think is good for both of us.  

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