Sunday, August 13, 2017

Should I Buy a Jade Bangle Bracelet? Yes, and Here's Reasons

 New customers often ask: "should I buy a jade bangle bracelet for myself?"  The answer is "yes".  And here's why.

Wearing jade makes you feel better.  Most customers tell me that when they get their new jade bangle bracelet in the mail, and open it, seeing it "for real" the first time makes them happy. 

Then they put it on,  and often feel a sense of what the qi energy is from the different colors and varied shades of green.  They may not be able articulate it, put the feeling words, but it gives them positive feeling, like happiness, joy, peace, well being, spirituality. 

If your jade doesn't give you those positive feelings, you didn't choose the "best one" for you.  Contact me and we'll do an exchange, and I'll make it as easy as possible.

I've been wearing my vintage, old carved jadeite bangle bracelet during these hot summer months.  It's not a real "green" jade, it's subtle, "smokey", but the carving is symbolic of how I want to feel.  This week I was going through inventory of pre-2000 older Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets, to choose some to add to the web site. When I opened one of the packets, I actually got shivers all over.  You would think I would be used to being around jade all the time, that it wouldn't have any effect on me,   and that's why it's my passion because I never get tired of it.  The packet contained an old mine jadeite bangle bracelet that didn't seem like it was special.  And it's about 2mm smaller than my usual size, so it was difficult to put on my wrist.  I continued going through the jade bangles, and when I got done, I started to take it off.  My wrist and knuckles were still swollen from putting it on, and I had to leave it on.  I noticed that it seemed to look different.  The green veins were more obvious and it was already getting the "glow" that good, older and more translucent jadeite gets as you wear it.  And I noticed that the area that made it look pale and and not like a special jade bangle bangle now looked like a "cloud".  And I felt peace and serenity through myself, body mind and spirit.

I have a significant inventory of unlisted old mine jadeite bangle bracelets.  But I also have a drawer full and jewelry stand amoire full of jade I kept for myself.  And I was feeling guilty about keeping another one for myself.  It has a value of $800-1200, and keeping it would be like "buying" it, so I can understand how customers feel about questioning if they should buy a jade bangle, or another jade bangle.

If the jade appeals to you, the good feelings you will get from it are priceless.

And if you need a better price, let me know what you offer, and we'll see what we can work out.

I'm very happy when customers tell me how much they love their jade, and how it makes them feel.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Want to Wear a Jade Bangle Bracelet, but Can't Wear One? Jade Bead Bracelet Option

Over the almost 20 years selling jade and helping women (and men) find their best jade bangle bracelet, I have worked with some people who just cannot wear a jade bangle bracelet.  Usually it's for health reasons.  Maybe the bones on hands and wrists are changing.  But they want to wear jade on their wrist.

An option is to take your jade bangle to a jeweler and get it cut, and fastener added so it opens and closes.  One problem is finding a jeweler who will do that.  Another problem is someone who doesn't carve jade for living may break the jade bangle.  And another reason is the Chinese belief that when a jade bangle bracelet is broken, all the qi and good luck go out of it.  I have felt broken jade bangle bracelets, and they really do feel different, "dead". Broken Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet lose their "chime".

An option to wearing a jade bangle bracelet is wearing a jade bead bracelet. 

If you like Chinese jade, Ying Yu Jade has a selection of beautiful natural Chinese jade bead bracelets.  In fact, the bead bracelets were one of the first jade items that started Ying Yu Jade sales.

Chinese Jade Bead Bracelet

If you love Burmese jadeite, Jade Heaven added new jadeite bead bracelets this weekend, different qualities and colors, all genuine and natural grade A.  

Green Burmese Jadeite Bead Bracelet

Small Varied White Jadeite Bead Bracelet

And of course, jade bead bracelets look fabulous when you wear them with your regular jade bangle bracelet.

My personal jadeite bangle bracelet with beads between for protection

Yes, I have a passion for jade!  It's not just a business for me.  I buy and sell only the quality of jade that I personally keep and wear.  That's how "Ying Yu's Jewelry Box" started:  too much jade in my jewelry box that needs to be on a wrist.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Why People Wear Jade: Wisdom and Compassion

Politics throughout the world seem to be in turmoil, especially in USA.  I wish I could send every politician, the leaders and congress people, jade with soft lavender, perhaps some white "cloud" veins, and a few green veins for "yang" (deeper color).

Lavender jade color has qi energy related to the central inner meridian of the body.  The five main meridians, lung, heart, liver, kidney and spleen, are Chinese medicine body functions, and there is emotional qi included.  The inner circle meridian is related to emotions, especially wisdom and compassion. 

I listed a Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet grade A with certificate of gemology testing a few weeks ago, but was torn because I love it.  Although it's not my size, too large, I often held it while meditating.  The energy was so profound for me, and my compassion increased.  And amazingly, it would "glow" when I "returned" from meditation mode.  It didn't change color, but has a subtle inner glow.  There are several jadeite bangle bracelets with the lavender qi energy of wisdom and compassion listed.  We try to capture that "glow" when taking photos, but that just doesn't happen.  However, #8524 was photographed after holding it awhile, meditating, and some of the "glow" is visible.

#8525 "Wisdom and Compassion" Burmese Jadeite Grade A Bangle Bracelet  

There's  a more "yin" softer color "wisdom and compassion" qi energy jadeite bangle bracelet that's the "old mine" jadeite, mined around the year 2000.  BB2579 was purchase when I was shopping in China near the Burma border in 2003.  The photo doesn't show how beautiful it really is because it's been in storage a long time.  I would buy all the jade bangles I had money for, and the ability to take back to USA when I went shopping in China, and still have some from "way back" that I haven't listed. 

BB2378 "Wisdom and Compassion" Old Mine Burmese Jadeite Grade A Bangle Bracelet

Imagine how our world would be if our leaders, politicians, and all of us on earth had more wisdom and compassion.   Oh...then it would be "heaven".

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Why Can't I Find My One Perfect Jade Bangle?

I am never without one of my jade bangle bracelets on my wrist.  Except for when I get my once a month massage.  I don't want my jade bangle to be in the way of my massage therapist.  She has worked on me for several years, knows what my body needs, and works so smoothly a hard jade bangle bracelet seems out of place. 

And of course massage changes your body.  Your muscles, tendons and qi points get a good workout.  When I came home and got cleaned up, ready to put on my jade bangle bracelet, it didn't seem to be "the right one".  I went through my collection and the one that felt "just right" was one of my favorites.  The qi energy is very yin, they symbols of bats, lotus and bamboo felt meaningful and the old, old age of it felt comforting.

Customs searching for a jade bangle often ask questions, advice and help choosing.  Some spend weeks, months, until they decide on "the perfect jade bangle bracelet".   I know they want to receive it ASAP so I ship the same day if possible by priority mail so it can be on their wrist within 2-3 days.  They usually love it, and wear it all the time.  Then, a few months later, they find another one they like.  And they ask: "why can't I find my one perfect jade bangle bracelet?"  

Because you, your body change every day.  The energy that attracts you to a certain piece of jade is because it will be helpful to you now, like "medicine".  But as you change, so do your desires for jade. 

But, yes, you certainly can wear the same jade bangle bracelet every day, all the time, if it feels right for you and you have no desire to change.

And yes, if you choose another jade bangle bracelet, you will probably find a time in your life when one you have but are not wearing will feel "just right" for you again.

Blog readers know I change my jade bangle every few weeks or months.  I have a drawer full of my personal jade bangle bracelets, but there are only 3 I wear most of the time.  The other ones I wear for certain occasions because of the color, the carving.  And those that I have in that drawer, but never wear, are the ones that sometimes get listed in Ying Yu's Jewelry Box Collection.'s not easy for me to "set them free".

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Friday, July 14, 2017

What Does My Jade Bangle Bracelet Mean? Dark Green and Lavender Jadeite Bangle Bracelet

Wearing jade feels so "personal", it's not just a gemstone.  And people want to know "what does my jade bangle mean".  Today I listed a new jadeite bangle bracelet that I wanted to keep for myself because of the color, the quality and the slenderness.

 Slender and elegant, gorgeous green and lavender Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet, genuine and natural grade A.  This is the size and dimensions of jade bangle bracelets usually saved for Chinese women, not for export to "foreigners".  Part of this jade bangle is deep green (yang) and part is light lavender (yin), balancing according to the Dao, and Chinese medicine.  Green color jade has qi energy for health of body, mind and spirit, and lavender jade for wisdom, deep connections and intuitiveness.  If you are looking for the kind of jade Chinese women cherish, this is it. Quite a few women have asked me for this slender sizing in the newer Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets with certificate of gemology testing.  It's rare to find them because most that I buy from China now are made for export, and the "best ones" are kept for local women.

You can click on the photo to get more information, and see if it's still available for purchase.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

What Does Pink Jade Mean? Do You Have Blue Jade Bangle Bracelets? Natural color, of course

The search terms people use to find my jade web sites help me to understand what customers like and are looking for.  And I can check my products to make sure the search tags that relate to what customers look for are done right.

I've been seeing a lot of search terms for: "blue jade bangle bracelet", "natural real pink jade bangle", "what does pink jade mean?"

What does pink jade mean?  For one thing, it's not natural color.  Sometimes the searcher means something else, usually what is lavender color and its meaning. Jade natural colors are green, honey/brown, honey "hong" reddish color, honey/yellow, charcoal (all black is not natural), white, lavender.  Definitely not blue color. When people tell me I'm wrong about pink and blue jade are not natural colors because there are "natural blue, natural pink, jade bangles available, I decided to take a look at Etsy.  And sure enough, there are quite a few listings that state pink, blue are natural genuine jade. 

Etsy listing for not natural blue and maybe not even real jade

Etsy listing for not natural pink and maybe not even real jade

Jade Heaven also has an Etsy store. I am considering closing the store because Etsy is getting like eBay, dishonest listings about jade and when I contact Etsy about it, they don't "do" anything, and tell me I'm wrong. 

The "blue jade" and "pink jade" sold on Etsy sure are pretty, but they are not natural, and probably not genuine jade.  And I'm sorry people use those descriptions to sell their "jade" because it adds to the confusion about jade.  Earning sales dishonestly at the expense of the buyer only brings bad Karma, because Etsy and eBay are in business for the $$$.

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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Low Prices on High Quality Jadeite Bangle Bracelets: 1 for Me, 5 for Sale

If you haven't visited Jade Heaven and checked out the Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets with certificates, you are missing really good, low prices.  In fact, some customers are asking "what's wrong with them?" when they see the price under $200.

The only thing "wrong" with them is that I have so many in inventory that I'm reluctant to purchase more.  My supplier in China is offering me beautiful jadeite bangle bracelets that are larger sizes, 60-64mm, and that size is limited.  So my selfish reason for low sale price is I love to buy jade, unpack the box and relish in touching, trying on one gorgeous jade bangle after another.

And what happens is that I find one that I love in my size range for every 5 I unpack.  To limit myself, I have a large jewelry amoire (full) and a dresser drawer (full and overflowing).  I'm also featuring some of the jade bangle bracelets I keep for myself.

Ying Yu's Jewelry Box Amoire full of Jade Bangle Bracelets

Jade bangle I love and listed "Yin Yu's Jewelry Box

The Burmese jadeite grade A bangle bracelets with certificate will be featured with sale price on Jade Heaven Sale and JadeBangleBracelets Sale pages.  The selection will rotate, so you can check back to see what's been added at low price.

Although I love all these jade bangles, I know they needs wrists to be on, to share their qi energy with your body qi energy to "glow" and look good, feel great.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

China woman faints after breaking jade bracelet in jewellery shop

I'm sharing this story I read on BBC News:

A Chinese woman fainted in a jewellery shop after accidentally breaking a jade bracelet priced at $44,000 (£35,000).
The tourist from eastern Jiangxi province was trying on the bracelet in a shop in Ruili in Yunnan province near the border with Myanmar, where much of the jade in China is from.
When she was told the bracelet's price she quickly took it off but in her haste dropped it, state media reported.

No agreement over compensation for the shop has yet been reached.
Shop staff attempted to calm the woman after the breakage, but she turned pale, began sweating and eventually fainted, a report on news website quoted the shop owner's son as saying.

She came round after other customers who had rushed to help pinched her under her nose, the People's Daily reported

Shop staff then told the woman she could pay $25,000 to resolve the matter, but she said she could only afford $1,500, the report said.

Police were unable to persuade the parties to reach an agreement and the matter may need to go to court.

A local precious gem association told news portal Sina that the bracelet was worth only $26,000.

End of News Story

"Gold and diamonds have a price, but jade has no price"  ancient Chinese saying.  The price is about what the buyer wants to pay and what the seller will agree to sell it for.  When you go to China to buy jade, there are no prices on the jade.  It's all about bargaining.  If you do see prices, then you know you are in a "tourist trap", oops, I mean "tourist shop".

And if you have ever dropped your jade bangle and it broke, you know you can faint from the agony of your loss.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's Summer Solstice. What Kind of Jade to Wear....With Your Crocs!

It's summer solstice today, and early this morning my order of Crocs Meleen were delivered by Amazon.  I wear these all the time at home, and sometimes even take a long walk without changing to my "walking shoes".  These Crocs are as special to me as my jade bangle bracelets.

And it felt like it was time to change my jade bangle for summer.  I like the one I've worn for a few weeks, the slender round style is very comfortable.  But the little "glow" of lavender was my cue that it's time to change for summer.

My personal jadeite bangle bracelet, classic round and slender, with
an area of "wisdom" lavender jadeite that "glows" when I need a clue
 White jade has yin qi energy for keeping body, mind and spirit healthy in hot weather.  White jade is related to the lung meridian, metal element, and if you have allergies, asthma or get depressed in summer, white jade is "Chinese medicine" to wear.

The oval small Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet I'm wearing today for summer solstice.
Oval shape with imperial green veins.   And my new Crocs Meleen flip flop sandals for summer
If you want to take advantage of Ying Yu Jade sale of Vintage, Estate and Pre-Owned jade, today a white carved jadeite bangle bracelet, #V1258 is on the Today's Special.  One of the features I like about it is that the jade carver didn't polish it very much, just enough to smooth out the carving.  That makes it very natural, as well as being genuine and natural color Burmese jadeite.  There are also so veins of honey, varied shades of depth, so the darker honey is related to the heart meridian and the lighter honey is related to the spleen meridian.  It's like wearing your medicine for summer weather.

Item #V1258 vintage pre-owned white carved jadeite bangle bracelet
Wear white jade for summer, take life more easy and relaxing, drink water,  eat light.  Wishing you all a happy and healthy summer.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

The Beauty and Versatility of Chinese "River Jade" Bangle and Bead Bracelets

I was sad when I sold the last two Chinese "river jade" bead bracelets to a customer in Malaysia a couple of weeks ago.  But when I was cleaning up the inventory, I found five more that had fallen behind the drawer they were stored in.

Chinese "river jade" bead bracelet

As of today, only five are available.  These have been the most popular jade bead bracelets on Ying Yu Jade web site.  Of course, I am keeping one for myself.

Chinese "river jade" is one of China's most famous jades.  The natural color is from minerals in the river water where they are mined.  Chinese doctors have used this kind of jade as "medicine" because the colors of the jade correspond to the five meridians of the body.  But most of us wear these because they are fun and lovely.
 This is how they look worn together on my wrist.  The green bangle in the bottom photo is a classic Chinese jade bangle bracelet.

My personal Chinese river jade bangle bracelet with river jade stretch bead bracelet
This photo shows how it "goes" with other Chinese "river jade" bangle bracelets.  The jade bangle on my wrist is my small size 53mm and I wear it when I feel really "out of sorts" and need balancing.  The green color is the main healing color, related to the liver meridian.  Black jade color is related to the kidney meridian.  The yellow honey color is related to the spleen meridian.  Honey with red hues related to the heart meridian.  And the white veins are related to the lung meridian.  The "river jade" beads have all five colors relating to all meridians and they were selected and made into the stretch bead bracelets based on Chinese medicine.

And we all need to "take our medicine"!

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jade Bangle Bracelet and Travel

I wanted to "keep it simple" regarding what I packed and wore on our Ohio/Pennsylvania trip last week.   As I always do when I travel, I put on my deep green almost black double dragons Chinese jade bangle bracelet that has symbolism and qi energy for protection.  After flying and driving, I kept it in my hand bag, and wore my vintage classic round Burmese jadeite slender bangle bracelet on my left wrist, and two jadeite bead bracelets on my right wrist.  It was warm in PA, and I felt like I needed something significant on my wrist because my tops were very short sleeve.

Our flight home from Pittsburgh airport  was 4 PM and we had to check out of our hotel by noon.  We left before noon because Pittsburgh airport is our favorite airport in the US.  It used to be a shopping mall prior to the TSA requirement, and the restaurants and shops were required to have pricing no higher than their regular stores outside the airport.  And they have a good variety of restaurants, and very interesting and unique shops. 

The shop I spent the most time in was one that specialized in sterling silver jewelry, very unique and good selections.  I purchase something there every time we fly through Pittsburgh.  The woman salesperson and I talked a lot, and she commented on my jade bangle bracelet.  She said it was so beautiful, with the imperial green veins, moderate translucency that showed off lavender hues.  She was very familiar with jewelry and said she had never seen a jade bangle bracelet so beautiful.  And when I put my wrists together and she saw the bead bracelets with the bangle, she was impressed that even though the coloring seemed different and not compatible, because it is natural jadeite it looks good with all other jadeite.  

And we discussed how the newer Burmese jadeite and older jadeite are really different.

She was being converted into a jade lover!

Time to put on my "black" double dragons jade bangle for the flight back to Orlando.  When the flight got rough from storms, touching and playing with it kept me peaceful and serene.

Two Dragons Hold Pearl Deep Deep Green Carved Chinese Jade Bangle Bracelet

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

How to Wear Your Jade Bangle Bracelet: Loose on Your Wrist

Often first time jade bangle bracelet customers contact me when they receive their new jade bangle and tell me it was very tight to get on their wrist, and they used the "plastic bag" method.  But when on the wrist, the jade bangle seemed too large because it moved almost half way up their forearm.  And they knew they could never get on a smaller size.

That's the issue I have with jade bangle bracelets, also.  My forearms are slender and my tight-to-get-on jade bangle moves up and down often. 

I was cleaning the kitchen yesterday and wanted to really clean the counter tops.  My jade bangle bracelet hit the counter really hard, and fortunately did not crack or break.  I didn't want to remove it.  It occurred to me that I might be able to keep it from going all the way down my wrist to my hand if I could use another jade as a "stopper".   I put on the Pandora style bracelet with big carved hollow jade bead, and amazingly it stopped my jade bangle from hitting the counter top.  I'm keeping it in a kitchen drawer so I can wear it when I'm chopping produce for salads, kneading pizza dough and cleaning up after making the mess!

Hollow carved jadeite bead on Pandora style bracelet to protect my precious jade bangle bracelet

I chose one of the beads I don't want to sell because it has a crack in it, but the beads for sale are varied shades of light to medium green.  They are genuine and natural color, so they will "go", look good, with your jadeite and you won't have to be concerned about "matching" the jade colors. 

Short blog today because I want to scrub the cement steps outside with Comet and a brush, and and will wear my "protector" jade bead bracelet conveniently located in the kitchen drawer. 

PS:  It also seems to make me more mindful, enjoying the beauty of the bead bracelets plus the jadeite bangle I'm wearing for the energy at this time.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

"I Think I'll Wait Until I Go to China to Buy My Jade There" - Buying Jade in China

I often get emails for people who are booked on a tour of China, and looking for information about jade.  They plan to purchase their jade in China instead of buying online.

One of my friends, a couple who travels the world extensively, just came back from a tour of China.  They went to the major cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and then a cruise on the Yangtze River.  She was eager to show me the jade ring she purchased.  They are professional people, intelligent, sophisticated.  But that doesn't seem to mean very much when purchasing jade in China.  I think it's more risky to purchase jade while traveling in China, than it is to buy online, because you can't make a return from China when you find it out it's either not real jade, or you thought it was natural and it is color treated.

When I saw the ring was sterling silver (sterling silver is low grade in China), I knew the jade would be Chinese jade.  Burmese jadeite is sold with 18-22k gold.  It was,purchased in a government store while they traveled in China.  Of course, it was beautiful. She wanted my opinion, and I told her it was beautiful. 

Then she showed me the pearl ring she bought in Beijing.  If it was a natural Chinese south sea pearl, it was probably natural. 

When you shop for jade, pearls and other gemstones on reputable web sites, like, there are always disclaimers on the gemstones they sell.  The first disclaimer is that gemstones all look slightly different from the photo shown. Then there's the disclaimer that it's common to color enhance gemstones so they look as pretty as possible.  That's honest.

Buying in China in tourist shops is not. 

And when you show a jade shop worker your jade bangle bracelet you bought online, and ask for an opinion, what do you think they will tell you?  That it's fake, and they will even make up a certificate that states it is either not genuine, or not natural.  How amazing they can do that without gemology testing!

My friend is very happy with her jade and pearls, and since they are major travelers, it will remind her of her enjoyable China trip.  That's what is important, unless you are buying jade for the qi energy for wellness, "jade as medicine".  I didn't spent any time analyzing it, because it's her special token. 

My personal carved jadeite bangle bracelet, Qing Dynasty, I made a personal deal with the owner.
It tested as genuine and natural grade A jadeite. 
 It's safer to purchase your jade from a reputable online seller than it is in China if you are a tourist.  You have more options if the item you receive is not as described, or you get it tested by a GIA gemologist.  If you spend a lot of money on jade in China, and find out later it's not genuine and/or natural, and those qualities are important to you,  getting a refund is probably not going to happen.

And that's why Jade Heaven and Ying Yu Jade offer guarantees of authenticity.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

"Modern" Burmese Jadeite Bangle Bracelets

Prior to the Lantos Embargo on Burmese jadeite that prohibited jade from Burma (Myanamar) I went to China every year to personally buy jade from the jade carvers near the Burma border.  They did not work with "commercial jade", but made genuine and natural jadeite bangle bracelets for Chinese and Asian people.  That's reason the jadeite bangle bracelets on Jade Heaven and Ying Yu Jade web sites are smaller size, usually less that 60mm inside diameter, and it was rare that I could find jadeite bangle bracelets larger than 60mm.   (The Lantos Embargo affected rubies also.  But very few people knew about it, and bought jadeite on ebay and it was rare that they were confiscated in US customs.)

When I went on a buying trip in 2005 I hired a young Chinese woman to go with us because I wanted to explore, and needed a "local" to help with travel and language.  She was in her mid-20's, and she told me that neither she or her friends cared about jade bangle bracelets.  Jade bangles were for "grandmothers",  and they were more modern.  We were in a small city popular with jade carvers, and saw some jade bangle bracelets that were really different from the usual ones I bought.  They had less translucency, the green was not the cherished imperial green color, but they were very green and the colors more "yang", deep color.

I started bargaining for them (there are no prices on jade in jade markets, and you bargain for everything you buy).  They were very cheap compared to the other jadeite I had purchased, and I wanted only a few to see if my web site customers would like them. As I was finishing the bargaining, myy assistant nudged me and put three more in the in the lot to bargain for, then two more.  She whispered that she would pay me later.  I was surprised, but didn't say anything because I didn't want the seller to know how much we wanted them.  And of course I got one for myself.

After we can done with the purchase, and tea ceremony that followed, my assistant told me that she was so excited because she found "modern jade" and that's what she and her friends would like to wear.   And a few weeks later, she sent me an email about how much her friends really did like them.

After the embargo, I ordered 100 jadeite bangles, and my other jade supplier in China said the A grade included certificates of gemology testing.  Many of them looked like the "modern" jadeite I had purchased years before.  So I ordered another 100, and they were the same.  I couldn't purchase the "old mine" kind of jadeite anymore.  That was not available, or kept in safes and sold one at a time because you couldn't get that quality.

I still have quite a few of the older jadeite in inventory, not listed.  I always labeled each box with the year I purchased them, and the location.  You can see the difference of jadeite stone when you look at the and the newer ones with certificates on Jade Heaven.  And the "old mine" jadeite bangle bracelets are priced higher because they have higher value for being more rare now.

They are all genuine and natural jadeite.  You have your choice of older traditional jadeite, and "modern" jade.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Jade Bangle Bracelets and Heat - Too Much Heat

I received a jade question last week from someone whose family tradition jade pendant set in gold was found when cleaning up from a house fire.  The gold had melted slightly, and the jade had turned black.  She was wondering if maybe the jade was not natural color, or even real jade, because it turned black.

To know if the jade was real, of course it should be tested by refraction.

The fire had to be quite intense for gold to melt.

And jade doesn't like heat.  Jade likes cool temperatures and moistness.  The shops where I bought jade in China did not have lights on until they were turned on for a customer, or other reason.  And there were bowls of water around the jade to give it moisture.

I live in central Florida, and it has been unseasonably heat the past few weeks.  My regular every day jade bangle bracelet felt too heavy, so I changed to a more slender and lighter color jadeite bangle bracelet a couple of days ago.  I keep all of the jade that is listed on the web site, and those jades in inventory in a very cool room, in boxes or closet to keep it dark.  Often customers will tell me that when they receive their jade, they're not sure it was the one they ordered because the color seemed bland, but then they put it on and wear it and their body and qi energy improve the color and give it a glow.  When jade bangles are being photographed and listed, they are often on my wrist, or nearby in a room temperature area for the weeks I am working with them, and the color is at its best.

My slender, summer Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet worn with a carved jadeite bead stretch bracelet to keep it from sliding up my armCarved bead bracelet available on Jade Heaven #JHBRAC-18

Although jade likes coolness, none of my jade has been damaged during the many hot months during the year when I wear it outdoors, in the pool with chlorine, or in the hot tub. When I return indoors after being out in the heat, I wash my jade bangle with cool water and hand soap to remove sweat and sunscreen, chlorine from the pool..  Polish it with a soft cloth, and it is in good condition.

I keep pieces of Chinese jade when it breaks, or I receive damaged jade.  I use them outdoors and bury them along with the roots of my favorite plants in the landscape.  Sometimes the squirrels and other animals dig them up and they are on the top of the soil for a long time.  The heat really damages them, the lose their good green color and polish, and look grainy, not even like jade.

So you can wear your every day jade bangle bracelet all day, every day, and it will be fine if you keep it clean.  Wear it in the shower or when you bathe.  If you enjoy the environment, chances are your jade will enjoy it, too.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Get Jaded! Beautiful for Jade for Your Beautiful Face and Hair

Jade is beautiful and will enhance your personal beauty and health.  Ying Yu Jade put together this kit of jade health tools to help relax wrinkles, help your facial skin to become more healthy and beautiful, and stimulate your scalp to improve head health and better hair, and maybe even stimulate your brain.

Listed just today and will be the Weekend Special. Save nearly one third if you purchased each separately, and you will have them all together for you to use at your convenience.

I personally have used all of the jade tools on my face and scalp.  The heat pack was developed by a Chinese doctor in Beijing and I have kept the "recipe" and continued making them here in the USA.  I have used jade rollers since I learned about them in 1999, and saw them featured when I toured the Forbidden City, learning the concubines and royalty have used them for centuries.  The jade mask feels so awesome, I use it every night as soon as I get into bed.  It calms me, and feels so good on my face and head.  And as I'm aging, my hair had been getting more thin, so I also use the jade gua sha tool with the comb to stimulate my scalp.  I use it at night, and maybe that's why I have such interesting dreams!  I am sure it also stimulates the brain, and that's important as you age.

Be the first to purchase these revolutionary "ancient" jade health tools and "get jaded", jade for your head and face. Check them out now!

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Options to Wearing a Jade Bangle Bracelet, and Wearing More Than One Jade Bangle Bracelet

Two girlfriends came over to visit with me today.  Of course, they wanted to see that jade that I have been getting the past few weeks.  I pulled out a selection of jade bangle bracelets and other jade items before they came over, otherwise we would we be tempted to go through all the boxes, all the drawers, the shelves, the cases and the closet where the jade is stored.  And that would mean a big mess to clean up!  I brought the selection into the dining area, made tea, and we spent a couple of hours looking, feeling, trying on.

When they left, with their souvenirs from the visit, I brought all the jade back into my home office and started putting it away.  I keep everything that's listed in storage boxes with labels on them, and they boxes fit well on the wall of shelves.  As I was moving the boxes around, I saw the hollow bead Burmese jadeite stretch bracelets that I had never had a chance to list.  I also wanted to get a photo to put on Pinterest to show how they look as a "spacer" between two jadeite bangle bracelets, both with different coloring.  The lighting outdoors on my lanai looked just right for taking the photo, but it took me several attempts getting a photo on my wrist.  That meant going in the office when I got done with 20-25 photos, seeing how they looked, then going back out and taking 20-25 more, six times.  About an hour.  I finally got a photo that 1) didn't have my toes in at as I aimed the camera down to get the best lighting on it, and 2) didn't make my wrist look too wrinkled and weird.

I still had all the boxes out all over the floor, and had to put them back in order.  But I was exhausted.  Jade is stone, and a box is quite heavy, and moving them around takes more energy than working out in a gym.

Just for curiosity, I decided to weigh the two jade bangle bracelets and bead bracelet I had on my wrist, because it felt really heavy.  The two jade bangles were larger sizes and the bead bracelet is heavy because the beads are large.  It weighed 10 oz.

Burmese jadeite hollow carved stretch bracelet, worn as a "spacer" between jade bangle bracelets
If you want to wear two jade bangle bracelets together but don't want them to hit each other and possibly crack,  you can wear a "spacer" between them, a regular bracelet, or a jade bead bracelet.  Notice how genuine and natural jadeite always looks good with other jade, even though they are not the same color.  If you wear smaller jade bangle bracelets and one of the smaller jadeite bead bracelets, it's comfortable.  But if you want to give your arm a workout and build muscle, try two wide or large bangle bracelets with the large hollow jadeite bead bracelet shown in the photo.

Some women just cannot wear a jade bangle bracelet.  Perhaps their knuckles and wrist bones are tender, and it hurts too much to get a jade bangle on.  And some women who wear a larger size may not be able to find a genuine, natural jadeite bangle bracelet that's affordable to them, so they can wear one of the jadeite bead bracelets instead.

The hollow bead bracelet and the single beads that can be worn on a chain or on a Pandora style bracelet are the same beads.

Hollow Carved Jadeite Bead on a Chain

Jade bangle bracelets can be heavy.  You can also get accustomed to wearing a  heavy jade bangle, and miss it very much when you take it off.  Wearing jade can help you to become more mindful in your daily living.  It's also enjoyable.  The girlfriends were commenting about how cold the jade felt when they first touched it, then it warmed to their skin temperature, but the part of the jade bangle that didn't touch their wrist or skin was still cold.  Being aware of that is mindfulness, and that's part of the spirituality of wearing jade.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Jade Gua Sha Tool for Hair and Scalp Care and Beauty

Ying Yu Jade was the first seller of jade gua sha scraping tools in the US, and we've been selling them for 17 years now.  I started with a basic style, the kind Chinese people kept in their "medicine cabinets" to use when someone was coming down with a cold.  We reach for the cold pills, and they reach for gua sha tools to scrape the back of the neck, raising the "sha", blood, to release stuck qi that's causing illness.
In the past couple of years, I'm shocked that jade gua sha tools are being sold for facial beauty and wrinkle reducing on the face.  Scraping the delicate face breaks the small blood vessels and can permanently leave marks on your facial skin.  And that's not  "beauty".   Never scrape your face with jade gua sha tools.  Use a jade roller to gently loosen the wrinkle areas, like in our FrownEase kits.

Ying Yu Jade FrownEase Wrinkle Relaxer Kit

One of the jade gua sha tools is getting more attention the past few months.  It's the tool that has a "comb" on one edge.

Jade Gua Sha and Comb Combination

 I sold the last jade comb on Ying Yu Jade this week.  But jade combs are not really made for combing your hair.  They are meant for stimulating your scalp.  I keep one on my night stand and use it every morning before I get up, running the "comb" points over my scalp.  This use stimulates the scalp and can improve hair growth, especially as you age.  It also stimulates your brain.  What could be more wonderful than a dose of jade on your brain, first thing in the morning!

I also sold the last jade facial mask from inventory the end of last month.  I wasn't going to order more because it is costly to get them made, tying together the small pieces of jade so they are flexible and will feel comfortable on your face.  I have one that I use at night, after using the jade roller and heat pad on my forehead.  I love the cooling, good energy feel of the mask.  So I ordered more jade masks and more jade gua sha tools with comb, and plan to put together a package for customers who want to use pure and natural jade for health and beauty.  And if you also love some of the "beauty creams" available, you can put the mask over your face after you have used your creams, and the weight of the jade will help it "set" for good results.

 I'm waiting...waiting....waiting for them to arrive.  I would like to make a video about using these, but can't find a volunteer to show how they are used while I make and narrate the video.  We're all getting up in years, and using the jade because we need it, and somewhat reluctant to have the internet world see what we really look like!

Too bad jade isn't "magic".  But natural, healthy jade is very good for the skin.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Burmese Jadeite Bangle Bracelets: The Old and the New, and My Personal Jade Bangles

My husband, who has shopped in China with me for jade bangle bracelets, helped me unpack and organize the new shipment of Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets with certificates of gemology testing.  He commented that these new jadeite bangles looked like "real jade", not the softer color older jadeite, carved before the year 2000, that I had been purchasing.  Now that older jade is more rare, often in jade seller's safes, so difficult to purchase.

Burmese jadeite grade A bangle bracelets from most recent shipment
I took the jade bangle on the left to keep for myself, and have been wearing it.  Very "yang" energy, giving me more energy, but I think too much, because difficulty sleeping at night. I can go all day without a nap when I wear it, and still have energy in the evening.

The photos can't truly show the difference in the jadeite stone between the old and the new:

 You can see the yin and and the yang, light and darkness.  And the one I kept for myself has some yin white "clouds" veins to balance the yang.

The newer jadeite bangles are beautiful, well polished, good color and good carving workmanship, but they just don't have the "glow" of the old mine jadeite.

Two jadeite bangles with jadeite bead bracelets between the for protection (and they look great!)

I wore them together for awhile, with two elastic jadeite bead bracelets between them so they wouldn't hit each other, and run the risk of cracking.  The "new" jade bangle is thicker inside to outside, has a satisfying "heavy" feel (part of the yang) due to the weight of it.

And then I got sidetracked looking for the jadeite beads bracelets because I want to add them to Jade Heaven web site.   You can see in the photo below that they look so nice with any kind of jadeite.

I like to take some photos of the jade bangle bracelets on my wrist, because although they are beautiful in the single photo, being on a human wrist gives them a "glow" due to sharing of jade qi with body qi energy.  But I haven't been able to get them on my wrist easily because I burned my wrist, not only once, but twice, while getting food in and out of the oven.  And the burns are on the bottom of my thumb knuckle, the tightest part of the wrist when putting on a jade bangle bracelet.  I used a thin plastic bag from grocery produce department to put on and take off.

Jade bangle too tight?  Use a thin plastic bag to put on / take off

I burn my wrist often when using the oven.  If you do, too, you know how that makes putting on and taking off jade bangles painful. And this burn is close enough to my jade bangle that the bangle touches it.  I immediately ordered oven rack shields from Amazon, and they have already saved me more burns since I got them three weeks ago.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Is My Jade Real: Responses and Answers

Thanks for your emails, comments and guesses.  And here's the answers to yesterday's blog post.

But first, the most "real" answer is that you need a GIA gemologist to appraise the jadeite stone with gemology testing equipment.  The gemologist can guess, but needs the testing equipment to know for sure.

The jade bangle photos I posted were all taken from ebay.

True fake jade. Priced at $35

Grade a genuine natural Burmese jadeite, with certificate. Priced at $500
99.9% probably jadeite, and color treated because price only $20

Most of the emails I received were correct. And most of the emails were from long time Ying Yu Jade and Jade Heaven customers.   The #1 fake jade was the "fooler" because the responses were it was color treated, but not everyone knew that it is not jade.  Jade doesn't look like that.

Thanks again for your emails, and if you were right about all three,  a small gift is coming your way.
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Is My Jade Bangle Bracelet Real? Experience Helps You Decide

We have spent at least two weeks taking and editing photos of the new shipment of Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets grade A with certificates.  At least 20 photos are taken for each jade bangle, often up to 50, to get the ones that show that jade as it really is.  I do not want customers to be disappointed when they receive their jade because the "real thing" doesn't look like the photo.  When the photo is listed, I check on different browsers including a desktop Windows, a MacBook Pro, an iPad, an Amazon tablet, an iPhone and another Windows laptop with three browsers. 

A "jade sister" from Ohio sent me an email a couple of weeks ago that they went to a show that had a jade bangle bracelet seller. She looked through the selection, talked to the seller who told her they were natural grade A.  But she had a "feeling" that they weren't.  She has been wearing genuine and natural jadeite for several years, and her experience with owning genuine natural jadeite has given her knowledge about the quality of jade.  When you wear good quality jade, you know how it "feels" and that gives you intuitive knowledge when you are looking at jade.  When I'm listing jade, sometimes a piece just doesn't feel right.  I have some gemology testing equipment, and I can test with refraction to get a result if it's jadeite, or something else. 

The other consideration is that jadeite might be "real jadeite" but it might not be natural color. And just because jadeite is B or C grade, doesn't mean it's not "real" jade. 

Here's a learning experience:  three jade bangle bracelets you can look at to decide which one, if any is "real" and natural color:

 #1 Real genuine and natural jadeite,  or "fake" , or real and color treated
#2Real genuine and natural jadeite,  or "fake" , or real and color treated
#3 Real genuine and natural jadeite,  or "fake" , or real and color treated

And you can guess the price.  

Answers in the next Jade Blogger.

You can contact me at jadeheaven88 @ if you have questions or comment.

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Jade Bangle for Easter and Spring: How to Clean Jade

When you need more energy in your life, try wearing your jade bangle bracelet that has the most "yang" qualities. Deeper and darker green is more yang, and I like to have some "yin" to balance it. But mostly the "feel" of yang.

So I changed my jade bangle bracelet to my most "yang" last week. It was a stressful week and I needed more energy to last all day.  This is my favorite yang Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet. 

I've had this jade bangle for at least 10 years.  I purchased it in China when I was jade shopping near the Myanmar (Burma) border with a guide I had hired, a young Chinese woman.  She thought jade bangle bracelets were for "grandmothers" and were too old fashioned to wear.  When we saw this kind of jadeite, we both fell in love with it, and she even purchased one for herself and one for her girlfriend. This kind of jade is the color that usually gets washed with acid because there is very little translucence and the Chinese women usually don't like this much "yang".  We named it "modern jade bangle bracelet".  We had a fun shopping trip.

Today my life is more relaxed again, and I want a calm, peaceful Easter weekend.  Time to change jade bangle bracelets.

Classic Chinese Jade Carved Bangle Bracelets, Dynasty Style

Classic Chinese jade is naturally more yin, and is the kind of jade used in jade health tools, like jade rollers, gua sha tools.  It has healing qi qualities.  My jade carver used the best quality of Chinese jade to carve jade bangles with "knots", bamboo and other carving.  The caving style is the way they were made during the Dynasty eras in China.  I love the healing and calming qi energy.

The "modern" jadeite bangle I was wearing is small for me, so I used lotion generously on my wrist and hand to slide it off.  I usually use a thin plastic bag, but didn't have any handy.  I have to be very careful when I remove a tight jade bangle that it doesn't go flying off and land on a hard surface and crack or break.  I took it off while sitting on my bed.  It was covered with lotion, so I used my preferred liquid hand soap with no antibacterial or extra chemicals and cool water to wash it.  Then dried it with a soft towel.  Jade loves cool water.  Never use hot water to clean your jade.  It will clean up perfectly with cool water and good quality soap. 

It looked so beautiful, and glowed from the cool water, it was tempting to put it back on!

Now it's clean, polished and back in my "jade bangle bracelet drawer". a dark drawer in the cool room. 

That's the best way to keep your jade clean and in good condition.  Easy and natural, like jade itself.

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