Saturday, July 7, 2018

What Kind of Jade Bracelets to Wear? Check Out Guan Yin's Style

People often ask me what is the best kind of jade bracelet to wear.  They look at jade bangle bracelets, jade bead bracelets,  silk cord bracelets with jade tied in. 

Everyone has their idea about what they like to wear.  Some people love jade bangle style bracelets, and some people aren't comfortable with the hard jade on their wrist.  They might choose the jade bead bracelets that are easier to wear.

My "altar" in the office started with a small statue of Guan Yin, Buddha of Compassion, sometimes called Kwan Yin and perhaps other Asian names.


Guan Yin is wearing both a jade bangle bracelet and a jade bead bracelet.  And Guan Yin is culturally very old, so the style of wearing both kinds of jade bracelets really does have a history.

I have always liked to wear my jade bangle bracelet on my left wrist, closer to my heart than if I wore it on my right wrist.  My left hand is the non-dominant hand for me, so my jade bangles gets less chance of hitting a hard surface and breaking.   And I love the jade bead bracelets, so I very often wear beads on my right wrist,  it seems "balancing".

Burmese jadeite bead bracelet 

Classic round old mine Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet, slender width
When I was shopping in a local Chinatown several years ago, I walked in a store and right next to me was a life size Guan Yin statue.  She had real jade bangle bracelet on one wrist, and the bead bracelet on her other wrist.  So this seems to be the traditional classic, and spiritual way to wear jade bracelets.

The jade bangle bracelet was classic round and slender, very feminine and comfortable.  All jade bangle bracelets for women were carved round and slender back in the Dynasty days, when women who wore jade were elite and didn't run the risk of breaking jade while doing physical labor.

If you are attracted to the qi energy of jade, wearing one on each wrist will not only be beautiful, but give you a very spiritual "feel".  Try it!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Jade and Nature: "Cloud of Bliss" Jade Bangle Bracelet

It was time to get a new computer with the most recent technology and features for the jade business.  Transferring all the data, photos, documents for this almost 20 year jade business was very time consuming and frustrating.  The work is still not completed, but I finally got logged into Jade Blogger today! 

Yesterday I spent the entire day working on everything.  When I looked out the window early evening, I saw the sun setting, and I love to walk at sunset.  The sky, trees, lake nearby are my natural "antidepressants" and mood lifters, and it's restoring, relaxing, motivating, and "blissful".  As well as good exercise without being too strenuous at the end of the day.  I often stop, stand still, and feel all the good earth energy cleanse me.  Ahhhh...bliss!

So of course I walked.  As the sun set, the moon was rising in the other direction as I headed home.  It has been raining every day, afternoon and/or evening, so there were white clouds in the sky, some of them puffy.  When I saw the white moon, it looked like one of the clouds.  I stopped, stunned.  The last jade bangle bracelet I listed before walking came to mind.  It is soft green with a "cloud" that felt so blissful as I held it to feel it, measure it, get it listed.  I described it as "cloud of bliss".  And that's what the moon, and clouds in they sky looked and felt like.

"Cloud of Bliss" Old Mine Burmese Jadeite Bangle Bracelet #BB2582
When I got back home, I decided to make the jade bangle a "deal of the day" on Ying Yu Jade.  After holding it again, I was very tempted to keep it for myself.  In fact, I was taking it to my "jade drawer", but the drawer was so packed with my personal jade bangles, that I knew I wouldn't wear it as much as I thought I would and hope it sells before I change my mind!

Jade customers often tell me how wearing their jade has made a difference in their lives.  If you choose a jade bangle bracelet or pendant that really appeals to you, you keep coming back to look at it, and maybe even drool when you see it, that's a sign that the qi energy is right for you.  And wearing your jade "medicine" can help with your qi balance.  It can help you become more mindful, with that piece of jade on your wrist that you feel, touch during the day.  

Genuine and natural jade has been used by Chinese medicine and Chinese people who are culturally attuned to the Chinese medicine even if they use western medicine.  I have heard stories about people who didn't even think about jade until they received a piece,  experienced the "feel" of it, and understand how special it is.  

And that qi feel is how I purchased most of the jade that is sold.  Shopping in China with a Chinese doctor friend, or a Chinese woman I hire to help with language and transportation gives me more insight into the culture of jade, and the qi energy.  Yes, it's "bliss".

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Guatamala, Jadeite and the Volcano Eruption

When I heard about the volcano eruption in Guatamala, I looked on the map to see where the volcano is in relationship to  the major jadeite mine and carvers   And they are quite close to each other.

"Real" jadeite mines are located in Myanman (Burma) and Guatamala.  The jadeite in Guatamala looks slightly different from Burmese jadeite, but it is very beautiful and the color, quality is similar.  We were on a cruise through the Panama Canal several years ago, and of course I took the bus to Casa Del Jade.  I wandered most of the day through the workshops and shops selling the jade.  While "business" is about the Burmese jadeite, of course I purchased a few pieces of Guatamala jade for myself.


This is a gorgeous and large jade pendant with silver bail that is made into a flower with a jade bead in the center.  The quality seemed to be the best of the jadeite.




I couldn't find a bangle bracelet my size, so purchased this stretch bracelet that alternates the light and dark jade colors.  I love "yin and yang" for the balance, so this bracelet is often on my "other" wrist, not the one I wear my jade bangle on.


I have been trying to get information about how the volcano has affected the jade mines and businesses in Guatamala.    The danger of the volcano and how it is affecting life is the priority right now.  But I sure would feel sad if that volcano has damaged their jade.




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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Jade Photos: The Photo You See Online and the Physical Jade You Receive

The photos of the jade we sell online are very important.  When you shop online, you expect the item you order will look just like the photo.  That's what I expect, and I treat customers the way I want to be treated.

All of our photos are taken in a screened outdoor room because natural light is needed to get an accurate photo.  Each item gets at least 50 photos taken so when they are edited we can get the photo to look like the "real thing".  And we can't "photoshop" because that program is so technically "perfect" that the photos look great, but they don't look like the "real thing".  Photos take days, weeks to capture what we need.  Photo editing takes just as long.  And then we spend a great deal of time checking the listing with the photo on 6 different devices to make sure they are "good". 

But the end result of the photo still doesn't look as good as the jade will when you receive it.  The "old mine" jade has a "glow" and translucence that disappears during the editing, although we try to keep as much of the "glow", translucence as possible.  For example, JHBB3270 in this photo was so gorgeous to handle during the photos, editing and listing process.  I got the "qi feel" of "wisdom and compassion", so that was part of the description.

JHBB3270 "Compassion and Wisdom" Old Mine Burmese Jadeite Bangle Bracelet

You can see some of that "glow" around the upper edges on the right, but not on the front area.  I fell in love with it and if it were my size, it would be on my wrist instead of listed for sale!

Keep in mind that all of our smart devices are slightly different, what you see is slightly different than what you get.  But we spend a great deal of time to show it as accurate as possible.

And when you receive your jade and open the parcel in your home or office, and it doesn't seem "right", take it to outdoor lighting.  Jade is a natural mineral, and the natural outdoor light is what makes it look like it's supposed to look.


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ying Yu Jade Birthday - 18 Years Selling Online

Ying Yu Jade has been online and selling jade for 18 years!

I have a feeling this is a "never ending job" for me.

In 1998 I built my first web site, Calm Spirit.  It was mostly online counseling.  Then I went to China in 1999 to learn Chinese medicine, and fell in love with jade.  The Chinese doctor I met in Beijing liked jade rollers, jade gua sha tools, and taught me about those.  We met a jade seller in Dandong, who took us to China's "Jade Capital" in Liaoning, China who introduced us to a jade carver.  I ordered a box of jade bangles, rollers, gua sha tools not much larger than a shoe  box,  and was quite scared about starting a jade business.  I started on eBay, and sold out!  So I ordered more and turned Calm Spirit into an e-commerce web site.  But it it wasn't really set up for selling,  and my associate in China told me "Ying Yu" meant "best quality jade", so Ying Yu Jade began.

Ying Yu Jade


I still chuckle when I think about how nervous I was about ordering a shoe box size of jade products.  At the height of YYJ,  I had a storage shed.  And I still have a lot of jade, but it does sell.

99% of the time it's been a great "job".  I love buying jade.  I can shop in China, or order the Chinese jade health care items from my jade carver.  I love unpacking it.  I love listing it.  But it is a big job because most items are one of a kind, require quite a few photos before editing and listing each one. Most customers are jade lovers.  And some would love to "close me down" because of the fine quality and good customer service offered.  As you know, the "fake" jades have added drama to selling jade, and when you look at YYJ and Jade Heaven, and you see what genuine and natural jade looks like, and read information about jade on the sites and the blog, it kind of puts a crimp into businesses selling "fake".

Check out the "Deal of the Day" on May 23 for some great discounts.  The more I sell, the more new jade I can buy!  Good for all of us jade lovers.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Taking Care of Your Jade in Summer Weather

It's summer here in central Florida.  Really.  Hot.  90 degrees during the daytime already.

When summer comes, it's important to keep your jade cool.  I keep the jade that is in storage in a cool part of our home, where it is also dark.  That's what jade likes.  When I would go into very good quality jade shops in China, they were often dark, looking like it was closed, not open for business.  But if you could see a little light inside, you knew it was open.  The jade was stored in mostly dark.  And in cool temperatures, even in southern China. When I was in a shop like that, I knew I would get good quality jade.

I wear my jade bangle bracelet outdoors, when I go to the pool.  But since I don't spend long periods of time outdoors when it's really hot, it's safe for the jade.  When I go into the pool, I usually keep my jade bangle wrist above the water, but if it does spend some time in the chlorine pool water, I wash it with soap and cool water when I get home.  Sometimes if it seems sticky from sunscreen, I use furniture polish to clean it up.

Since I always have a jade bangle bracelet on, it's in the shower with me, too.  So it stays hydrated and clean.  I wipe lotions off, but don't use any harsh cleaners.

I love white jade with some apple green veins for summer.  The qi energy seems cooling, calming.  I know it's "right" for me to wear in the summer, a yin jade in yang heat, because it "glows" as I wear it.

JHBB579 soft yin green and white Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet for summer

Mother of Pearl jewelry looks good with my jade in the summer, and I really do like MOP pendants.  I was cleaning out a jewelry box last week and found a key chain I bought in Tahiti a few years ago.  It's mother of pearl with a palm tree near the ocean, and a little darker color near the top you usually don't see on mother of pearl.  It reminds me of how beautiful those islands are but there are also the dangers of tropical storms looming. 


I plan to remove the key chain clasp and replace it with a bail so I can wear it as a pendant. It's too pretty to leave in a drawer because I don't want to damage it using it as a key chain.

And I have to remind myself to wear all my jade bangle bracelets!  I get hooked on one, wear it for a long time, but when I "go to the drawer", I see another one that looks like "just the right one", and that gets to spend some time on my wrist.

Take care of your jade, so its qi energy takes care of you!


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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Jade at the Gem Trade Show

This weekend is the G&LW Gem trade show in Orlando area.  Yesterday was first day, and that's when I go.  There are two gem sellers who sell Chinese jade and Burmese jadeite, and know that I "know" jade.  If they have something special,  they hold it for me if I go to their booth as soon as it opens. 

One of the gem sellers had some vintage old Burmese jadeite pendants and carvings.  They were beautiful, and very expensive.  And I didn't purchase anything from him.  The other gem seller pulled out a tray of Burmese jadeite beads bracelets. The smooth beads were reasonable prices that I could sell online, but I have a sufficient amount in my inventory.  He still had some of the carved beads bracelet and was selling them for almost the price I have them listed.

Jade Heaven Carved Burmese Jadeite Grade A Bead Bracelets

We discussed that each bead needs careful carving, and using the more expensive grade A genuine and natural jadeite is risky because drilling the hole, doing the carving results in some breakage, which is total loss for the jade carver. 

He goes to Hong Kong several times a year to purchase jadeite.  Some of his contacts in Hong Kong who shop for jade go directly to the jade carvers near the Burma border to buy wholesale and then sell to gem sellers who buy wholesale from him.  He got very serious and told me it is extremely difficult to sell jadeite these days because of all the fakes.  He mentioned a company in Tianjin that makes beautiful fake jadeite, color treated aventurine or other gem that can be made to look like jadeite.  He is very experienced and said that sometimes it fools him, too.  He just shakes his head when I tell him all my sales are online.  We agreed there is so much drama around jade, and it is very frustrating to be a genuine natural jade seller.  I told him that when my inventory gets lower, I am not going order again, and that will be the end of my jade selling.  Sad, but that's the way it is.  My regular jade supplier in China who never leaves the country and works with my jade carver said the same thing is happening with his jade sales.  He said buyers don't understand why the prices for his jade is higher than some of the exporters, because we have worked together almost 20 years and sells only genuine and natural Chinese jade and Burmese jadeite.

So it's the first time at the gem show that I didn't buy any jade!

To cheer me up, I wandered through some of the other gem sellers booths and was very tempted to buy up some of the gorgeous gem jewelry.  I put my "gift list" in my mind, and purchased a few things for gifts for friends.  One seller had very different gemstone items, including small trees made with gemstones.  I have seen the trees with all the different gemstones as branches, but this seller had these gorgeous amethyst trees.

Genuine amethyst small tree

The photo just can't capture how beautiful it really is.  All the little stones making up the leaf clusters, and some amethyst stones coming through the stone base.  I bought one for a girlfriend who is a Reiki master.  It "screamed her name" at me when I looked at it!

And as I wandered I did see "jade" being sold as genuine and natural when it obviously wasn't.  But most buyers didn't know that, and were buying it because of the low price.

This morning I received an email from a customer looking for a certain jadeite bangle bracelet, and telling me about she always gets "cheated"  and ripped off buying jade in Western markets, China Towns.   And I have been hearing that from many people over the years.  It's so sad that has happened to the reputation of jade it probably won't improve.  If you are reading this, you know where you can buy genuine and natural jade. 



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