Friday, October 20, 2017

Why People Wear Jade Bangle Bracelets: Life's Path and Journey, Mindfulness

This morning I was hand washing the tiled floor in a small room, on my hands and knees, and I remembered to move my jade bangle down my arm to wrist, and keep my hand over the cloth I was using so when I moved it wouldn't accidently hit the floor, and risk cracking or breaking.  Even though I always have a jade bangle bracelet on my left wrist, the jade is never "silent".  The qi energy of the jade reminds me constantly it is on my wrist. 

That's part of what mindfulness is about.

You may notice that many of the Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets and Chinese "river jade" bangle bracelets have messages in their title and description. For example:

"Keep Calm and Carry On" Burmese Jadeite Bangle Bracelet JHBB574

"Keep Calm and Carry On" is both a life's path kind of jade bangle bracelet. If you are mindful while you are wearing it, the white color will be calming, joyful and the few deep green veins will remind you that while you are calm, relaxed, feeling joy you have it within you to "carry on" to do what you need to do.  If you are dealing with difficult situations, the qi energy and your mindfulness will help you to stay on, or make a new path.

I have received emails from customers who tell me that wearing their jade has helped them get through difficult situations.  Some customers must attend business meeting, and wear their jade to touch it, play with it, during the long and sometimes boring period of time, and not only have something to enjoy during the time, but the qi energy seems to give them something positive that they would not have recognized without it. And protection is another qi energy people feel from their jade.  It helps on life's path.

Mindfulness is being in the "here and now", being aware of the moment.  When you practice it, your life improves.   Like not letting my jade bangle slide down my wrist unprotected and hitting the hard floor this morning. 

Mindfulness does not require daily meditation, workshops, and lots of work to "get it".  When you wear genuine and natural jade with good qi energy, you will feel it and it will be easy to become mindful of it.  Touching, handling jade while I'm listing it, for the past 18 years, has been helpful to my mindfulness, and I share the qi energy "feel" of the jade piece with you, as part of the description.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Jade Eggs for Plant and Foliage Health and Wellness

We're still cleaning up from the mess hurricane Irma left.  I still have weeding, trimming and re-potting to do on our lot.

Today I repotted our "money tree" plant.  We had it for several years before we lost our home in the microburst hail and tornado storm in March 2016.  I kept it on our screened porch where it thrived.  Then when I had to put it somewhere while I new home was being torn down, I had so much to do that I just stuck it under palm trees.  There was so much to do setting up our new home, I didn't have time to take care of it and some of the other potted plants.  Then less than a year after we moved into our new home, hurricane Irma came right over us here in central Florida, and it was outdoors and got blown around the yard.  I've been watching the leaves turning yellow and falling off, and knew it would lose its beauty if it didn't get some attention.

When I pulled it out of the temporary plastic pot I had it in, at the bottom of the pot was a layer of jade eggs and ben wa balls. These are jade eggs that get damaged in shipping from China.  I think when they were inspected at Customs, they were dropped and cracked and chipped.  And some of them weren't made by YYJ standards, probably a jade carver practicing his work!  And not doing a very good job, either.  The tree is nearly five feet tall, and the roots and bottom part looked healthy.

When the home builders were working on our lot, we lost a lot of plants that I really loved.  I especially loved the impatiens because they were the only impatiens that wouldn't die in this unpredictable Florida soil.  I had been trying to add new impatiens for at least 10 years, but these old ones that were here when we bought the home were the only ones that lived.  I had pulled three of the impatiens out of the ground before they were destroyed by the rebuilding process, and stuck them under the palm trees, too.  When I replanted them, I had intended to add the jade eggs to their roots, but forgot until I was planting the final one.  And that's the one that thrived, grew new blossoms quickly, and stayed stabilized. 

So now I add jade eggs and/or ben wa balls to everything I plant.  Neighbors comment on how pretty and healthy everything looks!

This rose plant was dying until I added the jade eggs

I have a box of these not-so-perfect jade eggs that I will share with blog readers, customers so you can have some, too.  They will be available while they last, and priced low with most of the cost going towards shipping (remember, jade is heavy!)

Clearance jade eggs for plant and foliage health and wellness

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Do You Need to Take a Class to Get Yoga Right? And, Yoga and Jade Bangle Bracelets!

Yes and no.

If you have never practiced yoga, or used a video to learn yoga, a class is very beneficial so you can learn the basic  yoga poses, procedure, and learn how these poses affect you and your body.

I learned yoga from a video about 30 years ago.  I lived in a rural area and there were no yoga classes during the time I was available or nearby.  I liked it.  And  I continued to love it. 

I wanted to experience yoga class, and I found a nearby class which I attended for a couple of years.  I enjoyed the class atmosphere, the instructor was inspiring, and I cherished this time with other yogis. 

As I got older, and found out I had osteoporosis, higher risk of breaking bones, I knew the  yoga was good to keep my balance, but realized I had to change my form to adjust to my body condition. And as arthritis started in me, I also knew I had to keep the stretch, movement to keep arthritis from getting worse and stay flexible.  I found a book, Yoga for 50, and it showed some minor body changes for the classic poses.  And I found a book, Yoga for Bone Health, that showed me more modification.  For example, when doing Plank form, instead of placing palms down on the mat,  I put my hands into fists and the weight is more comfortable and stable.  Also, when one has osteoporosis, they should never bend over, touch the ground, without bending knees. 

I modified my form, but it caused problems in classes.  I was told many times that my yoga was just not correct.

But it was correct for me.  So I chose 10-15 minutes of poses that were helpful to me, and I do them daily.  Then I add a few poses that I do during every day activities.  My doctors are impressed with the flexibility I have at my age. 

How to I know that my yoga routine is best for me?   By my jade bangle bracelet.  When I wear a jade bangle bracelet that has green veins in the stone, and white color, I can see the jade "glow" when I'm doing yoga, and for awhile until daily life might sneak in some negatives. 

Genuine natural jade bangle bracelets "glow" when your body is balanced and feeling good. 

Last weekend I was talking with a 70 year old male friend who asked if I was still doing yoga.  He doesn't go to classes, and he follows a form on video.  He asked what I thought about not going to classes.  And my thoughts are that a class is usually once a week, but doing yoga in your home is more convenient and that's better than not doing yoga at all.

You will know yoga has become a true part of your life, lifestyle, when you're cooking out on the grill, and while you're waiting to turn the chicken breasts over, you're doing yoga "tree" poses or other poses that seem like it's the right time to do them.

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Saturday, October 7, 2017

Which Arm Should I Wear My Jade Bangle Bracelet On?

Every few days I get an email with the question: "which  arm should I wear my jade bangle bracelet on?"   And that's a very good question, because most of us would wear a different size depending on which wrist we wore it.  My best size for my right wrist is 55-56mm.  The best size for my left wrist is 52-53mm.  And if you have been buying and wearing jade bangle bracelets, you know that even 1-2mm can make a difference.

Another consideration about which arm to wear your jade bangle bracelet on is if you wear it as jewelry, or if you are wearing it for "medicine".  As we have discussed on this blog, jade has qi energy.  Your body has qi energy.  Chinese medicine is all about balancing your body qi energy, your qi flowing smoothly through the acupuncture points of the meridians.

The "honey" or "yellow" color in the jade bangle bracelet on my wrist in the photo has qi energy related to the spleen meridian.  When I have a week that I don't cook, we eat out often, I usually feel bloated, my stomach uncomfortable.  When that happens, I wear my genuine and natural color Chinese "river jade" bangle bracelet that has good yellow color throughout to help balance my spleen meridian.  And the base of the spleen meridian is on the left side of the body, so I would wear it on my left wrist, closest to the spleen meridian.  Then when I'm feeling better, I go back to one of my every day jade bangle bracelets.

Right now I'm wearing a slender, classic round Dynasty era older jadeite bangle bracelet with soft green veins and white because the green is related to the liver meridian and the classic green color is balancing for body, and the white color balances my spiritual side.   I also wear it on my left wrist, because it's closer to my heart.   I love this jade bangle!

Keep this in mind:   If you wear jade as "medicine", then that's a good reason to purchase several jade bangle bracelets!

When I travel, I wear deep deep green, almost black, jade for the protection qi energy.  And since I'm wearing my most pretty one on my left wrist, I often wear it on my right wrist.

But sometimes I like to wear them together, and that's when having a stretch bead bracelet is helpful, to keep them from "clunking around". 

If you are Asian or Chinese, your family might have a tradition of which wrist to wear your jade bangle on.

There's no "rule" about which wrist to wear your jade bangle on.   If you are sensitive to the energy of the jade, you will know what wrist you should wear it on.

And if you are very fortunate, both of your hands/wrists are the same size, so you can choose whatever you want.

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

What Kind of Jade Bangle Bracelet to Get? How About Chinese Jade

This weekend the classic round Chinese jade bangle bracelets were on sale.

Chinese Jade Traditional Round Bangle Bracelets
And of course I received emails asking about what I personally think about the Chinese jade bangle bracelets.  They were the first kind of jade bangle bracelets I saw when I went to Bejing for the first time in 1999.  While the international tourists were looking for Burmese jadeite, the "locals" shops and government stores sold the Chinese jade.  I saw young couples, the man buying the woman a Chinese jade bangle bracelet as an engagement gift, and brides-to-be buying one for every woman in her bridal party.  During our tour of Forbidden City, the concubine's rooms all had jade rollers, jade bangle bracelets in them.  I think from Beijing and north, that's still the kind of jade bangle that is cherished. 

Burmese jadeite was introduced to China in the 19th century. Before that the Chinese wore their own jade for centuries.

They were also the first kind of jade I started selling here in USA, on ebay and on my web site.  I always like them because they are natural color, and the same kind of jade that's used in Chinese medicine health tools, jade rollers, gua sha tools.  When I want the healing natural and basic Chinese qi energy, that's what I wear:  a Chinese jade bangle bracelet.

My personal carved Chinese jade bangle bracelet

I love the carved "knot" style, and mine is translucent and a good green, not to yin and not too yang.

I haven't purchased any in at least three years because to get the quality in the photo, the cost has become quite high.  I think the Chinese jade sellers used up so much of their lovely jade on commercial things to sell that the good green, translucent kind is getting scarce.

If you don't have one, the discounts will be active for awhile even though they won't be the
Today's Special.  When you need "a little energetic something", put it on.  Feel good energy for body, mind and spirit.  Yes, it's worth having one.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

A "Spiritual Journey" with a Burmese Jadeite Bangle Bracelet

Jade lovers and customers often ask me about the kind of jade I personally love the best, and why it's so meaningful to me.  Here's an example.

"Spiritual Journey" Burmese jadeite grade A bangle bracelet #8536

First I want to start by telling you that jade seems to have an "inner life", a glow, the qi energy, that photos just can't capture.  We often photograph, then re-photo, again and again, often 100 photos to try to capture what is the best aspects of jade.

When I was handling this for listing, I had to take it outdoors in natural daylight because there was a note on the packet that if I'm working in my subtle-light office, I won't see all the beauty in this.  So I had it on my wrist as a reminder to go outdoors and examine it.  It's not my usual size, so it was on my right wrist that is slightly larger than the 53mm of my left wrist, where I usually wear my jade bangle bracelets.  And I wear jade on my left wrist because it's closer to my heart, and I believe the jade and I both benefit from that.  Anyway, I kept feeling an icy cold energy, my spirits lifted as I was working by myself, and because it was slightly too large for me, it kept getting my attention.  I had a note that there was a soft lavender color and I saw it on the photo, but when I went outdoors, it really came alive!

So it got named "Spiritual Journey". 

Lavender jade color is spiritual energy, wisdom and compassion.  The soft green is calming and healing.  The "yang" deeper color green veins are mossy to apple green color.  They add energy motivation to pursue your path, practice what you believe.Lavender jade color is spiritual energy, wisdom and compassion.  The soft green is calming and healing.  The "yang" deeper color green veins are mossy to apple green color.  They add energy motivation to pursue your path, practice what you believe.

This jadeite bangle bracelet, #8536, is also wider than "normal" so it fits like 1-2mm smaller.
And if it were slightly smaller, I would keep it, because it's special, one I particularly appreciate.  And yes, I do like the "spiritual" feel of it.  

And a reminder: when you receive your jade bangle bracelet, open the parcel, if you are indoors or with artificial light, you may at first wonder if you received the correct jade bangle because all of the photos are taken in outdoor light, that shows of their natural beauty.  They look lovely indoors, too.

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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Natural Color Green, Lavender, "Hong" Red Burmese Jadeite Bangle Bracelet, Grade A and Looks Amazing

Last year when I received one of my shipments of Burmese jadeite grade A bangle bracelets with certificates of gemology testing, one stood out and I pulled it from the lot to keep it on my desk, so I can look at it every day.  If it were my size, I would keep it.  But it's too pretty to stuff away in a drawer with so many other bangle bracelets.  So here it is:

Burmese jadeite grade A bangle bracelet, green, lavender, "hong" red #3086

Amazing natural color green, lavender, "hong" red Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet.This is one of the most amazing color jade bangles I have purchased, and if I didn't have a certificate of gemology testing, grade A natural genuine Burmese jadeite, I would wonder if an artist colored it.  The green color varies, from deep green to apple-almost-imperial green. The lavender color also varies, quite bright in one large area and softer color like "clouds" at sunset.  There are a few veins of "hong" Chinese red (red with honey hues).  It has a very spiritual energy feeling, very uplifting and mentally, emotionally positive.  Icy cold to the touch.  
Another view of #3086 Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet

Very unique and special, and one of a kind.  And of course, only one.  I hope this one goes to a jade lover who will wear it all the time.
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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Lady Gaga Has Firbromyalgia, I Do Too, and Jade for Qi Balancing Fibromyalgia

I read about Lady Gaga cancelling her appearances, and her hospitalization, due to her fibromyalgia.  I have fibromyalgia, also, and don't know how she could put on her great shows, the talent and energy that gets drained with fibromyalgia.

The Calm Spirit blogger recent postings are about how I am using cannabidiols (CBD)  from hemp and trying to get approved for medical marijuana in Florida.  The CBD is for the deep pain, and the THC in cannabis marijuana is for the brain to connect the pain relief with the brain functioning.

Chinese medicine considers that fibromyalgia is "liver and spleen disharmony" with neurotransmitter dysfunction.  That means jade can be helpful by choosing the jade color that balances the blocked qi meridian.

I have some jade bangle bracelets I wear for my fibromyalgia depending on what meridian feels unbalanced. My everyday carved Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet that I have featured in previous blog postings has the qi energy for keeping balance.  Here are some jade with colors that could help the "liver and spleen disharmony":

Burmese jadeite fibromyalgia qi energy charcoal and honey for liver and spleen

The charcoal jadeite color is related to the kidney meridian, and honey related to the spleen meridian.

Carved Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet green for liver meridian and honey for spleen meridian.
Dragon and Phoenix carving, yin and yang, body mind and spirit balancing.

I make a great effort to be mindful and positive, and need the qi energy for the neuro-transmission  functions that often aren't balanced.  Lavender jade has that qi energy, and the green is related to liver meridian for good health.  It's effects is like THC effects to the brain functions

The lavender and green Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet in the photo above was the third jade bangle bracelet I purchased in China.  It was part of the jade for sale in the hotel my qi healing group stayed in Guilin in the year 1999.  It seemed to "jump out at me" and I felt so blissful when I touched it.  But it was about $5000 and I I was reluctant because I didn't really "know" jade back then.  The Chinese doctor who was with our group kept encouraging me to buy it and I thought he was going to get some money from the hotel if they sold it to me.  But my qi master who is Chinese told me he was encouraging me because he thought the jade was healthy for me.  We were in Guilin for three days and every time we went in or out of the hotel I looked at it.  On our final day, the jade seller told me if I gave her all my clothes and cosmetics in my luggage, I could have it for under $1000.  We did the exchange. The next morning when our group came down to the lobby for breakfast, they were all wearing my clothes and makeup and smiling at me!  And I was smiling wearing my lovely lavender and green jade bangle bracelet

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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Hurricane Irma and What Kind of Jade I Should Wear to Help Body Mind and Spirit

Hurricane Irma was the biggest hurricane in history.  And the news and drama made us all terrified a week before it hit Florida.  We were so stressed out by the fear that we just wanted Irma to come in and then get the heck out of here.  Our online stores closed Friday before Irma because mail delivery stopped, and I wouldn't want to have your orders shipped with the chance of being damaged or lost due to Irma.

Irma started affecting us a couple of days before she hit us.  The air pressure was lower, leading to headaches, pains, and just not feeling very well.  On Sunday evening September 10 our power went off as the winds picked up.  Near midnight, the full force had started.  Irma made a slight turn to the west as it neared Tampa, the eye right over us here in central Florida as category 2.  I was awake, in the dark, wanting to experience it fully, and could hear the tornadoes whipping by, hoping it wouldn't damage our community too much.  Our home that had been damaged in a small tornado and hail and had to be replaced was completed less than a year ago, and we didn't think we could emotionally survive another home loss.

We were very fortunate, maybe the jade in here protected us.

The next morning we wandered around our community to check on neighbors and friends.  Power was not restored.  Winds were still high.  It was obvious where the tornadoes touched down, trees and roofing destroyed.  Our landscaping plants were very damaged, surprised it wasn't worse.

Our power and internet were restored Thursday so we were out of service almost four days.  And it was 90+ degrees during the daytime.  Hotel rooms were full, but we got lucky and were able to spend Wednesday night in a Comfort Inn.  It felt so good to take a shower, get a night's sleep.  Half of our community still doesn't have power, and Duke Energy says it won't be restored until late Sunday night.  Duke Energy can get ours on, but not go to the next section to get it all on?  Duke Energy is receiving a lot of negative publicity because other energy companies have power restored, but not here.  Traffic lights still out, stores around us without power.

I'm emotionally exhausted, and kind of like PTSD, regarding big storms and safely.

I wore my "black" Chinese jade bangle bracelet with sterling silver Hurricane bracelet until a couple of days ago.  Photos are in the previous blog posting.  My "usual" old carved jadeite bangle bracelet has calming energy, but I need jade to cheer me up and give me positive qi energy.  I didn't want to replace my "usual" jade bangle, so added a jadeite multi-color bead bracelet to it.  After my morning tai chi and yoga, I'm getting some "tingles" of positivity.

Natural color Burmese jadeite bead bracelet with my every day jadeite bangle bracelet

Jade qi energy is an amazing "natural" healer.  Maybe it's a placebo, but if it works, do it.
The honey-yellow in my carved jade bangle is related to spleen meridian, my stomach is more calm, and feelings of anxiety, also related to spleen meridian, are become more calm. I know I won't feel happy again until my friends and neighbors power is back on, and I have shared jade with some of them.

Jade is truly "medicine" for body, mind and spirit.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Save the Jade! Hurricane Irma is on it's Way to Florida

I went for my evening sunset walk and observed five omens of upcoming trouble from hurricane Irma.  The sky was so gray with odd cloud movement.  I walked by a nature trail and heard an owl hooting like crazy, and I can't remember when I heard an owl hoot at sunset.  As I was walking  home, the moon was rising and it was fire red.  Then four ducks flew out of one of our trees, and we've never had ducks on our lot.  And finally I heard birds screeching, don't know what kind they are. 

Hurricane Irma is on its way.  Save the jade!

I really don't have a safe place to save jade from a storm.  We don't have a basement.  In 2004, when Charlie blew through, I put it all in my car, but now I have a bus full of boxes.  I filled a 10'x10' storage shed with jade when our house was damaged and replaced last year. Plus I used a huge room at a friend's home for an office, and had boxes in there. 

So help me save the jade.  There are sales on both Ying Yu Jade and Jade Heaven through Thursday, and I will have all orders in Friday's mail. 

I didn't change the jade bangle I am wearing, but added my deep deep green almost black Chinese jade carved double dragons bangle bracelet.  Dragons are symbol of protection, and deep green/black jade has qi energy for protection.  I added the sterling silver Hurricane bracelet I bought in Key West almost two years ago.

"Hurricane" bracelet from Key West with deep deep green
carved Chinese jade double dragons bangle bracelet

I really like that deep deep green color.  It doesn't feel harsh or too yang.  It's similar to the luminous deep green almost black jade bangle bracelets.  Rare, from Gansu area, traditional use of this jade is to make cups for tea "gaiwan" set. Made from "leftover" jade exclusively for YYJ. Yang qi energy for clearing negativity, protection

"Luminous" deep green almost black Chinese jade bangle bracelet  

Save the jade from Hurricane Irma!  A great time to get something special for yourself.  The jade will be on your wrist/body/home/office and safe from this ravaging storm

If we lose power and internet, the jade stores may be closed until sanity and power returned.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

My Personal Jade Bangle Bracelets and Why I Wear Them

I've been listing more of my personal jade bangle bracelets on "Ying Yu's Jewelry Box Collection". 

When I'm shopping for jade in China, I usually can't try on a bangle, because if I do then the seller will know I really like it, want it badly, and the price goes up.  When you shop at a jade market in southern China, near the Burma border,  it's a cash only transaction.  There are no prices on the jade, everything is "bargained" for.

So sometimes the jade bangle I'm hoping will fit me, doesn't feel comfortable.  But most of the time, my personal jade gets sold because I have too too much of it.  And I don't wear all of it, of course.  There are three of my personal jadeite bangle bracelets that I wear most of the time.   I often get asked why I choose the jade that I keep for myself, and here's why.

This carved jadeite bangle bracelet is the one I wear most of the time.  The color is green with charcoal smokey hues. It's carved with bat (symbol of happiness),flowers and bamboo. I was riding a train in China and a woman sitting next to me was very curious about my handbag.  I had learned some Chinese language, so could communicate with her simply.  She offered to trade her carved jade bangle for my handbag, and I agreed.  The jade bangle is old, probably early 1900's.  It feels very satisfying to wear this color jade.  There are honey veins where the bats are carved, qi energy for spleen, helping keep my balanced. And it "goes" with everything I wear.

This green and white jadeite bangle bracelet is classic round style, and small enough to stay near my wrist.  This is the one that "glows" with jade qi energy when I'm really happy, doing my spiritual practices, yoga, tai chi.  I like to wear it in the summer because the white translucent jadeite is cooling, and a few greener veins for health.  It's one of the first jadeite bangle bracelets I bought in China just when I was starting to sell jade online.

This jadeite is "yin and yang", dark and light color yin and yang are the basis of Dao, Chinese Medicine, tai chi and martial arts.  It's all about balance.  In winter, or cooler weather, I need the higher yang energy to keep warm and keep my body healthy.  I don't get pneumonia or flu shots, and I just need a little more energy in my life.  But I also need the soft green of yang to keep spiritually healthy.   This jadeite was some of the beginning of the newer jadeite from Burma after the sanctions were lifted in 2016.  This is what jade can look like that the jade carver wants translucence and green color, so they bleach out the color with acids, then add color to make it a C grade jadeite. In 2005 my shopping assistant and I both fell in love with this newer jade.  She was in her 20's and didn't want to wear a jade bangle because "that's what grandma wears", but when she saw this, we both decided it was "modern jade".  She bought her first jade bangle for herself, and a few for friends.  I bought quite a few, and they sold out quickly.

Sometimes a customer from a long time ago contacts me again, and tells me she is still loving her jade bangle, but feels like she needs a change of jade.  If that's what your body is telling you, then your jade can be like "medicine".  When you look at jade, some if it will appeal to you more,  you may notice some seem "just right".  Trust that, because it's your inner wisdom telling you that the jade will not only be jeweler, but "medicine" for you, too.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Jade Bangle Bracelets at Twilight: Lavender Jade

I walk most evenings at sunset.  It's good exercise while unwinding at the end of the day.  When I look at the sky, it's so blissful and uplifting.  Today was the first day in quite awhile we didn't have rain, and it was hot 89 degrees while I was walking.  The half moon was shining in a sky that was truly gorgeous. I took a photo with my iPhone:

The colors seemed so much like the jadeite bangle bracelets on Jade Heaven that have the "lavender hues".

#8555 Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets soft lavender hues

#8544 Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets lavender hues

Lavender color has qi energy for intuition, wisdom, spirituality.  And natural color grade A jadeite has the most beautiful color, so much better than color treated.  The lavender color may not be "dramatic" and the entire jade piece lavender, but natural color jade has the qi energy to give you the good feelings. 

Like walking at sunset and twilight.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

How Did Your Jade Look During the Solar Eclipse?

Yesterday morning prior to the Solar Eclipse, a long time customer purchased an old  mine Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet she had been looking at for months, maybe years.  Talk about an auspicious time to purchase jade!  She always asks to have the jade energetically cleansed and filled with good qi energy. 

It was almost time for the eclipse here in central Florida.  We were in an area where we would get 85% of the eclipse, but it was also cloudy during the eclipse time.  I took the jade bangle outdoors in the natural light to do a Reiki cleansing and qi filling.  I also put some of my personal jade bangle bracelets on my wrist, then some of the other old mine Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets.    Husband was monitoring the eclipse progress scientifically, and I monitored it energetically.  When he said it was about half way, the "evening animals" started their sounds, their nature music.  And I marveled at the good "glow" in the jade.

The "old mine" jadeite it refer to is Burmese jadeite I purchased in China prior to the jadeite embargo of "all things jadeite that was mined in Burma".  Most of the purchases were made when I traveled south in China close to the Burma border, and bargained, bought them directly from jade carvers.  I could see the jadeite rough they used,  as genuine and natural, and since I purchased so many at a time, the bargaining experience established a small business relationship, often ending with a traditional tea ceremony.  Most of their jadeite rough was purchase prior to the year 2000, in the past century, and this kind of jade is rarely available now.  At that time I was still working a "real job", and took every dollar I saved up during the year to spend on jade in China when I went for my shopping trip.   So I still have quite a few from that time, which is rare for jade sellers to have this kind.

What makes it special compared to today's more modern jade is the translucence.  The newer jade does have beautiful color, but is made slightly more sturdy, inside to outside more jade in the bangle bracelets, because today's modern woman is active, works, and needs more jade substance than the empresses and concubines of the Dynasty eras. So even if the modern jadeite has some translucence, it's not as obvious because of the thickness of the piece.

An example of this old mine jadeite is  JHBB551

JHBB551 "Glowing" Translucent Burmese Jadeite Bangle Bracelet

It has soft color, yin (the best kind of jade for women) soft green, and translucence.  I bought this one for myself, it's my size, and I purchased two because they were so pretty.  This is one I took outside during the eclipse.

And yes, the jadeite bangle bracelets seemed to have a special energy, a glow, during the eclipse. 

And I think I still have a "glow" inside from being present in it, with all the lovely jade.

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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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