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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