Thursday, January 12, 2017

What Kind of Jade to Wear Chinese Lunar New Year- 2017 Year of the Fire Rooster

Chinese Lunar New Year is China's biggest celebration.  It starts unofficially a few weeks before the new year date, when migrant workers and family members living away from home begin their journey home to be with family and friends.  The buses are crowded, trains are packed full, and highways with drivers poking along in the traffic.  It's officially only a few days long but some businesses don't get back up and running until the owners are ready to return.

2017 Chinese Lunar New Year is "Year of the Fire Cock / Rooster" and begins January 28. The previous blog describes the basics of the Rooster, and what to expect for 2017.

But the big question is: what kind of jade do I wear during Lunar New Year?

Your best jade, your most precious jade bangle bracelet.

The traditional jade bangle bracelet for this holiday is the three color "fu lu shou" pattern, honoring the gods of happiness, health and longevity, and fortune and wealth. Fu lu shou natural colors are rare, but there are some on Jade Heaven: The one below is "my size":

JHBB577 natural color Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet

JHBB275 natural color "fu lu shou" Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet   
 I had some classic round fu lu shou style Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets made for me in 2003 but they are color treated in the old method, and the color has stayed true these past 14 years.  They are on JadeBangleBracelets web site.

Burmese jadeite color treated classic round "fu lu shou" genuine jadeite bangle bracelet
 I  have one of these and usually wear it during lunar new year, but very tempted to wear JHBB577 above because this Year of the Fire Rooster is just right for it all year.  The "hong" red color screams "fire Rooster",  while the soft white and green veins give a little "yin" to all that yang to balance the qi energy.

The JHBB275 also has "hong" honey color veins.  The other jade colors to wear are classic green, and white for the ending of winter.

Lunar New Year is the time to wear your old jade, but also the time to get something new.

JHP130 Year of the Fire Rooster older Burmese jadeite pendant

This is selling out fast, the only Burmese jadeite Rooster pendants on Jade Heaven.

Wear your favorite jade when you feel the Rooster calling to you!

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