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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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Does Your Jade Bangle Bracelet Hurt Your Wrist? Here's an Option

 Some customers tell me that their jade bangle bracelets hurt their wrists when they put it on, take it off, or just wear it.  Sometimes the hard jade stone hits those sensitive parts of the wrist under the thumb, especially if you have arthritis.

A previous blog this month was about too small jade bangle bracelets.  And the previous blog is about pearls, jade and pearls. That leads me to this solution that I have been using for 15 years. Magnets.  Pearls and magnets.

In the Barbara Bush pearls blog, I wrote about buying the pearls at the Beijing Pearl Market near Temple of Heaven.  When my Chinese doctor associate and I were shopping for jade for Chinese medicine and health, we went to the Pearl market because they also sell jade.  I spotted a very pretty bracelet, and stopped to look at it, try wearing it.  The magnets felt quite good on my wrist.

Magnet and Pearls Bracelet

 We were on our way to a Chinese medicine pharmacy, and was surprised to see that the pharmacy was also selling the magnet and pearls bracelets.  So of course, I bought a bag full. 

Chinese people often wear something with magnets for health, especially pain and arthritis. And as I have aged and my wrists and other joints become more tender, I wear this magnet and pearl bracelet often, sometimes along with my jade bangle bracelet.

Magnet and pearls bracelet worn with jadeite bangle bracelet
Health and Wellness, as well as beautiful jewelry

This string of magnets and pearls can also be worn as a necklace.  Visit YYJ through the link on the photos for more information and photos.

 You can buy beautiful jade and a few non-jade items like this magnet and pearl bracelet that is not just fabulous jewelry:  it's also "medicine".

So don't feel "guilty" about spending money on "medicine you can wear" when you buy from Ying Yu Jade and Jade Heaven.  Everything for sale is genuine, natural and good for you. And beautiful.

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Earth Day-Yoga Day-Taiji (Tai Chi) Day and Barbara Bush's Pearl Necklace

It's Earth Day, international Yoga Day and Qigong and Tai Chi Day.  And I'm celebrating with body, mind and spirit practice.

I started with yoga this morning, then at 10 AM did taiji (tai chi) because that was the designated time for around the world.  And I did my yoga and taiji on our open screened porch.  It became very spiritual as I listened to the abundant birds that are here now and felt very connected to Earth.

Of course my jade bangle bracelet "glowed" with qi energy as I was absorbed in my practices.  The Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet I've been wearing since our weather turned "summery" it white with apple and imperial green veins, very yin and yang balancing.

My classic round and slender Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet

Yesterday was Barbara Bush's funeral and "wear your pearls" day.  Did you know that Barbara's pearls were not "real"?  She wore the three strands close to her neck to hide wrinkles.  Even though she was a very down-to-earth person, she still had her preferences for her overall appearance.  The necklace I wore was one I had made in Beijing's Pearl Market quite a few years ago.  I carried some around with me during the day, and when women told me how beautiful it was, I was able to offer them one to purchase.

JPNeck-650 Jade and Pearls Necklace

There are still quite a few for sale on Ying Yu Jade.  Some with jade, some all pearls.  And they are "real", genuine and natural pearls.  The Beijing Pearl Market is a huge building near Temple of Heaven, and when I went to Beijing, I always went to Pearl Market.  The pearl sellers would help me design a style, then they called in their  "workers" who made them up for me while I shopped on the other floors of the Pearl Market place.

I'm getting ready to take a long walk through the nature area.  It's a very satisfying way for me to celebrate Earth Day.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

An Option for a Too Small Jade Bangle Bracelet

The previous blog focused on getting a too small jade bangle bracelet on your wrist with the least amount of pain. 

But sometimes you just cannot get your jade bangle bracelet on. 

Some customers told me they are shopping for a new jade bangle bracelet because the jade bangle they wear every day is getting too small for their body changes in their wrist area.  And sometimes women who wear their jade bangle bracelet all day, every day for years need to have a procedure, perhaps medical, that requires removal of their jade bangle bracelet, and they have to get the bangle cut off because it won't go over their wrist.

I learn from my experiences with other people about what can happen to the body as it ages.  When I heard about jade bangle lover's "too small" experiences, I became aware that my hands also are getting arthritic, and I started planning ahead for what I might need.  I purchased three jade bangle bracelets that have been cut, and clasps added.

Three Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets with clasps

There are different kinds of clasps on these.  The round jadeite bangle bracelets have gold clasps with a chain to protect the clasp part that opens:

Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets with gold clasps

The "modern" flat inside jadeite bangle has a sterling silver clasp with an insert, and I have found it to be more secure:

Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet with sterling silver clasp

Another reason why women might want the clasp option is to get the very smallest jade bangle on their wrist so the bangle won't move around and bump tender, arthritic areas:

Jade bangle bracelet with clasp fitting right on the wrist

There are some problems you may encounter when you look for a jeweler to cut your jade bangle in half and add a clasp.   Some jewelers will not do it, perhaps because they don't know how to work with jade.  And the cutting process may cause the entire jade bangle bracelet to break.

But the biggest reason for not cutting and clasping is it changes the jade bangle.  None of the three jade bangles with clasps shown in the photos have high "chime", although they are genuine and natural Burmese jadeite.  It's like the qi life goes out of the jade.

These three jade bangles are my personal jades. The bangle with the sterling clasp is  51mm, and the other two are 56-57mm.  I don't wear them now, but I look at them, touch them often.  I did not have a jeweler cut the jade and make the clasp for me, I purchased them "as is".  And I took them to jewelers to find a jeweler who was willing to cut and clasp regular jade bangles, but no one was willing to do it. 

These aren't for sale on the web site.  I don't know what my hands, arthritis are going to feel like as I age, so waiting to see how "life" goes, whether to keep or sell them.   The small bangle with the sterling clasp really feels good, there's a lot of jade in it, it's thick from inside to outside (probably to keep it strong for cutting and clasping) and I love the heavy feel of it fitting right on top of my wrist. 

Cutting and clasping a jade bangle is an option,  and if your proceed be sure the jade bangle you are changing to a clasp is strong, has a lot of jade in it, thick inside to outside, like the Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets with certificates, the "newer" jade.  These are strong and grade A best quality new jade available.

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Friday, March 30, 2018

Help! My Jade Bangle is Too Small and it Hurts to put it on My Wrist

When customers receive their new jade bangle bracelet, and let me know how much they like it, sometimes they are very sad they can't get it on their wrist.  The "newer" Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets, the ones with certificates of gemology testing, sometimes feel like they are 1-2mm too small.  I respond with a link to suggestions for putting on your jade bangle bracelet when it seems like it is too small and hurts the wrist.

Most customers finds this works, and are happy again.

If you have wrists that are tender, wearing a jade bangle that fits as close to the wrist as possible minimizes the contact with the bone are at the base of the thumb.  For women who have arthritis or other pain conditions, the jade bangle moving on or over that part need extra help.

A long time "jade sister" and customer sent me an email with helpful information:
"I have a new way of putting on my bangles that might help other clients that have the frail skin like me.  I always use a plastic bag, usually, the plastic newspaper sleeves as they are more narrow.  But I add an additional step.  Part of the problem with my skin and putting on bangles is if the skin moves or is stretched even with a plastic bag that can cause it to bleed under the skin.  So, I take saran wrap.  I fold my thumb and little finger under my hand to make my hand as narrow as possible, then I put saran wrap on as that holds the skin tight and adds protection.  Then I put my hand in the plastic newspaper sleeve and put my bangle on.  No injuries that way."

If you are like me, send her a mental "thank you" when you use the technique.  Very helpful for getting on the smallest jade bangle bracelet you can wear with the least amount of pain.

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