Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Jade Bangle Bracelet "Surprise" Taking Care of Jade

My husband and I wait until actual voting day to go out and vote "in person".  We learned from experience that new information often gets revealed just before election day, and we don't want to regret that we voted one way, and wish we had the information to help with our decisions.

We went to our local polling place mid-morning, expecting a long wait in line.  We were pleasantly shocked that the parking lot was quite empty, and we walked right in.  There was only one other person ahead of us when we showed our ID's and got our ballots.  When I reached for the ballot she handed me, she asked if the bangle on my wrist was "jade".  I smiled as I looked at her wrist, and saw she was wearing a jade bangle bracelet, too.  And, oh my, did we both want to talk about jade!  BUT...of course she couldn't because she was working. 

Seeing her wearing a jade bangle bracelet was kind of surprising, because I rarely see local residents wearing jade.  There's a woman who has been a long time customer, starting when I still lived in Ohio.  Then when we moved to Florida,  the Poinciana area, I "recognized" her one day because she was wearing one of the jade bangles she purchased. 

If you live in a hot and sunny environment like central Florida, and south, it's important to take special care of your jade to keep it healthy.  Jade stone is formed underground, often in caves, where it is cool and dark.  The opposite of hot southern weather.  I wear my jade bangle bracelet all the time, indoors and outdoors, in the pool, relaxing in the hot tub.   I don't allow it to be directly in the sun.  And after being in the pool or hot tub, I immediately wash it with soap and pat it dry. Genuine and natural jade will survive well, but if it's color treated, especially when acid is used to enhance the color, the color will fade faster in heat.

The jade I sell is always kept inside our home so the temperature can be kept stable, cool.  And it's kept in "the dark".  That means the closets are full, and under the beds are full of boxes. 

Chinese jade seems to be less sensitive to sun and heat.

Carved Chinese Jade Bangle Bracelet
Burmese jadeite needs to be protected more.  When I shopped for jade in China, I trusted the jade shops that looked like they were closed because they had the main lights turned off.  

Burmese Jadeite
I think jadeite actually looks more pretty when it's on a wrist, which is warm.  If you wear a jade bangle all the time, you probably notice the part that touches your wrist is warm, while the part that doesn't feels very cool when it moves around on your wrist.

If you have valuable jade that you want to keep in good condition,  don't expose it to direct sunlight and heat.  Clean it often.  Polish it with wax, furniture polish when it looks like it needs. 

And of course,  the jade in our online stores is meant for every day wearing.  That's a reason why I keep it "in the dark" for several years before listing it to make sure it's a good quality, genuine and natural.

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Friday, October 19, 2018

How "Old" s My Jade?

A few weeks ago I purchased some jade pieces from and estate sale.  Some of it was easy to identify as Chinese jade.  I tested each piece with refraction testing to determine if it was Burmese jadeite. But it is not easy to determine the age of the jade because there wasn't anyone to discuss it with.

Most of the Chinese jade pieces were small carvings.  I listed them on Ying Yu Jade and most of them sold within a few days of posting.  There are still some carvings available.

Vintage jade horse carving

Vintage estate "what is it?" carving

The most interesting pieces are two Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets.  They don't look new at all.  But they don't have any cracks, scratches or damage to indicate they were worn often.  They appear to be carved from the same jadeite rough.  Here is one of the two that I listed. 

BB2918  Vintage Pre-Owned Burmese Jadeite Bangle Bracelet

A few years ago a woman sent me an email with a photo of a "blue" jade bangle bracelet that she wore to a USA China Town shop.  She was offered $10 for it, but she kept it and did online research, and that's how she found me.  Jade is not easy to photograph and capture how it really looks.  But something made me think it was quite valuable.  I suggested she take it to a gemologist and have it tested to see if it was Burmese jadeite and if it was natural color.  The gemologist she used was not very familiar with jade, so he asked a Chinese person who was very familiar with jade to help him determine the value.  They decided to contact Christie's auction, and they determined that it was worth around a million dollars!  She was was not to sell it for $10.

The two I purchased from the estate sale have a similar appearance.  They are not green, but not really blue either.  Perhaps lavender.  It took about 50 photos to get three that could be lightly edited to look like the "real thing".   This jade bangle and its "sister" look different every time I look at them. As I was handling it, it seemed to be so similar in color the my favorite personal carved jadeite bangle bracelet I wear most of the time.

My Qing Dynast carved Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet on top
BB2918 below it
It's not the same "blue" color as the almost $1 million jade bangle, so I don't have a $1 million price on it.  I love my carved jade bangle shown on top of it.  Mine is very old, probably from the Qing Dynasty as the woman I got it from told me its history as we were riding on a train in China.  She offered to trade the bangle for most of the personal items I was carrying on the train, like my hand bag and the "western" things in it, my cosmetics, and some of my clothes.  I wear it probably 90% of the time.  It's not "perfect" but I love the color, pattern and "feel" of it.  It's so calming and beautiful to wear.

There is something special about vintage, pre-owned estate sale jade.  If you are sensitive to qi energy, you can "feel" if it's right for you.  And you know there is very much history behind it.  

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Crusising with Jade Bangle Bracelets

We started October with a 6 day Caribbean cruise.  I felt hesitant about booking the cruise in May because September is the height of hurricane season, and we usually get some tropical storms as late as November.  We traveled with two other couples who enjoy cruising.  As you may have read in previous blogs, I am considering finding a popular port in the Caribbean to rent a store space for 6-12 months to sell out my jade collection and "retire".   I wanted a chance to see closer ports, in the Mexico area, and this cruise stopped at Grand Cayman and Cozumel.  Unfortunately, those two ports were the worst ones for shopping I have been to.  Usually you can find interesting and rare, possibly hand crafted jewelry, clothes and other souvenirs in the port shops, but most of the shops were related to the cruise line so very commercialized.  We took a taxi to downtown in Cozumel and that's the only place we shopped, but rarely do tourists go there.  So, no:   not moving to the Gulf ports.

The fourth day at sea at night we saw waves hitting the fifth deck and decided to go outside and walk around the ship.  Brilliance of the Seas is a very stable and sturdy ship, and our cruise had been very smooth.  We didn't feel the rocking from the waves.  The wind was 49 mph and waves were crashing around.  I grabbed the black Chinese jade bangle I wear for protection when I travel.  It didn't look safe out there, but I felt safe with my black jade.  I had a feeling a storm was forming because the radar maps showed rainy odd areas prior to the cruise.  When we returned to our home port in Tampa we learned a tropical storm was forming.  Not surprised, because we felt it! 

Today it is officially hurricane Michael, working its way up the Gulf of Mexico and expected to hit land in the Florida panhandle as a category 2 or 3, with rain and winds extending to here in central Florida. 

Did the black jade protect us all?  Probably not, but it gave me the sense of safety and protection, and I enjoyed the rest of the cruise not worrying about the storm attacking us.  Black jade is calming and gives that protection feeling.  There's also a Chinese saying that when a jade bangle bracelet we are wearing breaks, it's because the jade took the impact of the danger and protected the wearer.  Mine didn't break.

I wore a classic round Chinese jade bangle bracelet made by my jade carver in China.  I also have a "luminous" deep deep green jade bangle bracelet, but like the true black jade when I travel.

Black Chinese jade bangle bracelets with qi energy for protection

I also had one of the best acupuncture treatments on board Brilliance of the Seas.  Doctor James did my pulse and tongue diagnosis and his explanation of my body needing more "yin".  The excessive yang has been causing muscle tightness, stress and some anxiety.  I felt much better after the treatment and have slept better since the acupuncture.  Now I know what I need to address to my primary care doctor when I have my appointment later this month.

Many people who wear jade have contacted me to tell me how their jade makes them feel.  Some are surprised that jade really does have qi energy.  And most people intuitively choose the jade that has the best qi energy for them.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

What Kind of Jade to Wear: October

During September, it was so hot and humid here in central Florida that I stayed in the air conditioned home and areas most of the time.  But being outdoors, especially at sunset, is what I prefer.  I missed my outdoor time, felt some anxiety and stress.

So I used my time adding new products to the jade websites.   After they were photographed, edited, the jade pieces went in a box where I randomly chose a piece to list.  I pulled out a carved Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet and started listing it on Ying Yu Jade.  It is an oval jade bangle, and I add the two inside diameter dimensions to determine how it would fit like a round jade bangle bracelet.   Then I put it on my wrist to check how it really felt. 

And I have had it on my wrist since that time.

The colors and carving are very soothing, and I love looking at the color pattern and the way it's carved.  This is one of those jade bangle bracelets carved in the very traditional way.  The jade carver examined the stone to determine how to use the colors and jadeite stone variation to get the best result.  Then on an auspicious day, he would do the carving.  It looks like there are some clarification lines on the surface that were incorporated to the entire design. Not damage, just part of natural stone.  The colorful side is the side that is on the top of my wrist and contacts my wrist most of the time.

The white side is on my wrist by the veins.  This area is smooth, not carved except lucky coins and lotus where the white meets the carved colorful area.

As I have stated before, I think most people choose the jade that has the best energy for them.  It's October now, autumn setting in, and this color combination is giving me the calming, soothing and transitional qi energy so helpful.

And I have another special Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet in my (never-ending) collection.

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Saturday, September 22, 2018

What Kind of Jade Bangle Bracelet to Wear? The Jade That Helps You Feel Better

Recently a long time jade customer contacted me about what's going on in her life.  Her family suffered a devastating loss, and while they had recovered from the worst of it,  she never really got over it.  The situation would pop up in her life,  and her grief would be overwhelming.  She usually purchased her jade bangle bracelets for the "meaning", and what the jade represented, and wanted some suggestions on what kind of jade would help her heal.

I suggested that she go through all her jade.  Hold each piece and "feel" it.  How holding each piece made her feel.   I hoped that would work for her.

She was drawn to a deep deep green, almost black jade bangle that when you held it to the light you could see the translucence through the edges.  Here is her comment:  "As soon as I put it on I gave a deep sigh as though the body was saying thank you. That was two hours ago now and I am much more grounded. My emotions are calmer and I am not crying. I feel stronger and more able to cope with normal activities." 

This is an example of the kind of jade bangle she was describing.

Luminous deep deep green jade, almost black Chinese jade bangle 60.5 mm flat inside, 13mm wide. You can see the luminosity as light goes through it. The photo shows how it can be seen at the edges that have less jade to block light.  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.

That's why jade bangle bracelets are not only "jewelry".  They have qi energy and if you are receptive to the energy,   your jade is "medicine" as well as a beautiful bangle to wear on your wrist.  

I have a large personal collection of jade bangle bracelets.  When I'm wearing one, my plan is to wear it the rest of my life.  But the reality is that when I'm not feeling "right",  I go through my jade bangles and the "right one" does make itself known.

And I hope your jade bangle bracelet(s) give you the good qi energy "feel" that is helpful to you.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

What's the "Truth" About Jade Yoni Eggs? The Gwyneth Paltrow Jade Egg Debate

Gwyneth Paltrow's promotion of jade "yoni" eggs created a rise in women using the eggs for quite a few reasons.  Today there has been much news about the jade yoni eggs, and Gwyneth settling claims.

So what is the "truth" about jade eggs? 
   1)  Jade eggs have been used by Chinese, Japanese and Asian women for centuries to do kegel exercise to improve vaginal health
   2)  Jade eggs are "Chinese medicine",  using only genuine and natural Chinese jade.
   3)  The size of the eggs are important, because too large eggs cause damage to your pelvic area

Ying Yu Jade was the first seller of jade eggs in USA.  I learned about jade eggs when I was in China learning Chinese medicine.  I was also going through menopause, and had a consultation with a Chinese medicine doctor in Beijing, and what started as a horrible menopause experience, pain, hot flashes, irregular bleeding, was resolved using Chinese medicine for three weeks. 

When the jade eggs started getting popular in USA and western countries, I was surprised to learn that the "new" jade eggs were considerably larger than the approved Chinese medicine sizes.  I tried to promote the information about them, but still received complaints about my too small jade eggs. Consider this, women:  if you have had most of your sex with a man with a large, hard thick penis, then having sex with a "smaller" man will not feel as good, because you have become less sensitive.

Ying Yu Jade set of three jade "yoni" eggs

The medium size jade egg is standard for wellness.  When inserted you perform your kegel exercise for general health and wellness.

The largest jade egg 40mm is helpful after childbirth, or when the vagina is not tight enough to have good sex.  If you want to tighten, start with the large jade egg, and when you can keep it inside easily and push it out at the end of your exercise, then move to the 30mm jade eggs and do your kegel the same way, with your goal being the smallest jade egg 24mm, being able to keep the small one inside.

If you are older, gone through menopause, and your vagina is tight and painful during sex, start with the smallest 24mm jade egg.  Then as you become more moist and less tight, you can use the medium size jade egg, maybe even the largest one depending on your sexual situation. 

Why use jade, not other crystals or made of other materials?   As Chinese medicine, jade is "approved" because jade is often used for health in Chinese medicine, as jade rollers, jade gua sha tools and other jade for health and wellness.  And that jade is Chinese natural jade, not Burmese jadeite.  The best color for the jade eggs for regular use is a light or medium green, that is "yin" and has the best qi energy for women.

You can use jade eggs for the female  vaginal health, and perhaps when you reach your goal of feeling better vaginally, you might decide that your active sex life is healing, and you don't need the jade eggs anymore.  What to do with them?  Add them to your plants so they can have good qi energy, too!

Clearance Jade Eggs and Ben Wa Balls for "plant health"

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

What Does My Jade Mean: Monkey, Rabbit, Peach and Dog

Almost every day someone asks about about what jade means.  From the color of jade to the finished product, what jade means is a big question.  Jade carvings and pendants all have "meaning" and today we'll focus on Monkey, Rabbit, Peach and Dog.

Jade "Monkey" and jade "Peach" are very common combinations.  Monkey is symbol of protector and strength, and humor and happy life.  Peach is symbol of yin and woman, and longevity.  Together they are symbol of cleverness and long life.The best color of jade for Monkey and Peach combination pendant is a "good green" color to symbolize strength.  Yes, good green jadeite is more expensive, but this pendant will give you good qi energy for you life.

JHP135 "Monkey and Peach" Burmese Jadeite Pendant

"Rabbit" is also a popular jade pendant.  The rabbit, called in Chinese the Jade Rabbit or the Moon Rabbit, is a companion of the Moon Goddess who never grows old.Rabbits, especially ones with white hair, are also a symbol of longevity in traditional Chinese culture.
The jade rabbit in the pendant below is the best example, as the Burmese jadeite it is carved in is white 
The jade rabbit in the pendant below is the best example, as the Burmese jadeite it is carved in is white.

"Rabbit Brings Luck and Wealth" White Burmese Jadeite Pendant #JHP109

"Dog" is often gifted to children who like jade pendants and love dogs.  Dog is the symbol of loyalty and honesty. People born in the Year of the Dog  possess the best traits of human nature. They are honest, friendly, faithful, loyal, smart, straightforward, venerable and have a strong sense of responsibility. This is still the Year of the Dog, and it's very auspicious to wear the animal of the year.

"Loyal Honest Dog" Burmese jadeite pendant

Most of the jade pendants we sell have the "meaning" in the description.  We know you want to know "what does my jade mean" and do our best to provide that information.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Shopping for Jade in China -What an Adventure!

Jade has inspired me tremendously.  The first time I became aware of jade and how helpful it is used in Chinese medicine, I had to learn more....and more.  Previous to my first China venture in 1999, I had purchased a few pieces of jade to wear as jewelry because it was pretty and unusual, my favorite being a jade pendant from HSN online store.  While on the plane to Beijing, I saw flight attendants wearing jade bangle bracelets for the first time, and couldn't keep my eyes off them.

After my basic first trip to China to learn Chinese medicine, tai chi, and some Chinese culture, I decided to return two months later for a Chinese medicine treatment for my life-long fibromyalgia.  I was also starting menopause,  hot flashes so intense I felt like I would melt through Earth!  Three weeks of the herbal medicine the doctor prescribed, and miraculously the menopause was over.  And the gua sha treatment and acupuncture helped the fibromyalgia very much.

I fell in love with Chinese medicine, and jade.

The next summer when I had vacation time from my job, I made a reservation at a hotel in Beijing for another trip.   I asked the hotel if they could provide a Chinese doctor to treat my jet lag and fibromyalgia when I arrived.  The doctor was excellent.  Dr Li and I talked afterwards, and I learned he taught tai chi, the Beijing style their military does.  I told him I had been doing yoga and was a Reiki master, and we both wanted to learn more from each other.  He also arranged for me to go to Dandong to meet a person who worked with jade carvers to make the jade gua sha tools, jade rollers, and other jade healing tools.

We took the 15 hour train ride to Dandong, where I met with Mr. Ma who took us to Xiuyan.  We spent a day exploring the jade carvers, jade suppliers, and I made my first purchases.  The jade tools were made for use by Chinese doctors, not "souvenies" intended for export and commercial use.  So the jade gua sha and other tools were made according to Chinese medicine standards.

I won't tell you how much fun it was hauling all that heavy jade to the airport in luggage and home again!

But more adventure in Dandong.  Dandong is across the Yalu River from North Korea.  There is a bridge that is used for traffic across.  There is also another bridge that was bombed by the USA during the Korean war that is very anti-USA oriented.  I didn't know why both Dr Li and Mr Ma were trying to avoid it for me, but when I went out by myself to look at it, I sure felt the hatred toward us Americans.  They wanted to protect me from that.  Also, it was rare at that time for Americans to visit Dandong.  I asked about the boat ride that was on the Yalu River, and we decided to go. 

Mr Ma and me on the Yalu River with controversial bridge
This photo was taken before I learned you don't smile for pictures

I started the Ying Yu Jade website with the Chinese jade.  It's genuine, natural jade that has been used for centuries in China.  It's not a gemstone, so there are no "certificates of gemology testing" that are included with it.  If you see Chinese jade "with a certificate", be very suspicious because I have seen those mass produced for "foreigners" who want "proof" it's real jade.  And these certificate producers will sell you these certificates for anything green, including the quartz that is often fraudulently sold as "jade". 

Ying Yu Jade

All the items in the photos are Chinese jade except the Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet in the lower right, my personal jade bangle.  This photo is very representative of Ying Yu Jade, the jade roller, gua sha tool with comb, carved "double dragons" black jade bangle bracelet on Dragon, and the Dynasty style carved jade bangle bracelet in the center, that my jade carver made just for Ying Yu Jade.  We went to a government jade museum and saw very old and very new Chinese jade, and I learned a lot through that experience. 

Ying Yu Jade still sells the genuine natural and made to Chinese medicine standards health tools, as well as bangle bracelets, pendants, carvings and more unique items made by my jade carver. Jade selling has changed since I started,  for example jade eggs for kegel exercise for women are now often made too large and can cause health problems instead of what they are intended-vaginal health. If you want the best jade, you know where to shop:  from my jade carver in China, or for less adventure on Ying Yu Jade.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

A Reason Why People Wear Jade: Healing

A few weeks ago I was having a very stressful time due to a very serious illness of one of my family members.  The night before his surgery, I think I was walking in my sleep.  My feet tangled around an area rug, and I fell on a hard floor,  Of course that's when I woke up.  Right shoulder to right knee took a bad hit and I had bruises for almost three weeks.  I must have fallen on both my hands because my wrists were bruised and swollen, too.  My jade bangle bracelet didn't break*.  I took it off my wrist to make sure it wasn't damaged, cracked, and it was in its good condition.

*There's a Chinese saying:  When your jade bangle bracelet breaks while you are wearing, it's because the bangle is taking the injury and saving you from damage. 

I am glad it didn't break, but I feel it wasn't being "loyal" to me.  So in the morning, I looked for a different jade bangle bracelet to wear.

I couldn't get any jade bangle bracelets over my wrist because of pain, swelling, bruising.  I finally got one that was 5 mm larger than my regular size on.  But the hardness of it was very painful.

So I removed it.  And fretted about what to do.  I have been wearing a jade bangle 24/7 since 1999 when I went to China for my first visit and fell in love with jade.

I used to sell magnet and jade 30" long strands that could be worn as a bracelet or necklace.  Now I have only the magnet and pearl bracelets.  But I found the one I kept for myself and wrapped it close to my wrist.  About three days later, my wrist was feeling better, and the bruising and swelling going away.

Ying Yu Jade Magnet and Pearl wrap bracelet / necklace for healing
But it the hardness of my jade bangle bracelet still really hurt my wrist.  I didn't feel comfortable not wearing jade on my wrist, so I took one of the jadeite bead stretch bracelets.  It felt weird at first, but I quickly got used to it.  And it felt very comfortable.  I choose one that had lavender hues because it felt healing and calming. 

Burmese jadeite natural color green, white, lavender hues bead stretch bracelet

Burmese jadeite bead stretch bracelet, soft green with lavender hues for healing

I really like wearing the bead stretch bracelet.  And I really like wearing a jade bangle bracelet.  I decided it's time to wear both together for awhile. 

The lavender jade felt very calming.  I was able to handle the stress of brother's surgery, feel calm about it.  It helped me be more mindful, realizing there's only so much I can do, and I must stay in the present, not worry about past or future.

Jade is just wonderful for healing:  body, mind and spirit.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

The Sad and Often Asked Question : Why Did My Jade Bangle Bracelet Break?

I often get an email from  a jade loving person who is sad because their jade bangle bracelet broke.  And they are looking for a replacement jade bangle.  They often tell me something about their jade bangle bracelet, and ask if I could tell them why it broke.  Last week a woman told me she had her jade bangle bracelet in her pocket, and it accidently fell onto a hard floor and broke.  She concluded it must be "fake jade" because it broke, and jade is supposed to be "hard".

Yes, jade is a moderately hard gemstone.  But even grade A genuine and natural Burmese jadeite will break if it is struck in just the right (or wrong) place. 

There's a Chinese legend that when your jade bangle bracelet breaks, it has protected you from getting hurt or even worse.  And there are physical reasons why it may break.

Jade bangle bracelets will break more easily than jade pendants or smaller jade pieces.  The round shape puts stress on the jade and if struck on a hard surface has a risk of breaking.  The reason I don't have a physical store is because I have personally observed in China jade shops that customers often drop the jade bangle they are trying on, perhaps falling on the counter top or floor.  Chinese jade bangle sellers want to make sure you get the smallest size jade bangle you can wear so it fits close to your wrist comfortably, and that requires using lotions, oils, soapy water to get it on. 

Yes, grade A Burmese jadeite will break.

Classic round style jade bangle also has a higher risk of breaking, again, due to the shape.

Jadeite that is C grade has been bleached with acid, then color added to make them the "good green" and translucent "icy" style.  The bleach makes the jade stone more brittle.   The Clearance section on the JadeBangleBracelets web site has some C grade jadeite bangle bracelets, including the classic round "fu lu shou" jadeite bangle in the photo. 

The Fu Lu Shou three color jade is often worn during holidays because of its meaning: happiness, health and longevity, wealth.  People who wear "real jade" most of the time often like to have one of the fu lu shou style for special occasions, so the prices are relatively low.  The jadeite itself is good quality, but the acid washing has made it less strong.

I have been wear jade bangle bracelets since 1999, my first trip to China and falling in love with jade.  I like to wear one all the time.  When I'm doing "real work", it helps me to be mindful, and I am aware of the bangle.  But yes, I have broken two excellent jade bangles.

Here's a hint if you are an active person looking for a good quality Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet on Ying Yu Jade or Jade Heaven:  check out the Clearance jade bangles, with reason for Clearance price in description of "clarification lines".  It might look like a "crack" inside, but the line formed as the jade was being formed in the earth.  The pressure on the forming jade was extremely high, there was movement, and the clarification line formed.  Now because of the formation, it actually has more strength.  If you see the line running through the circular part of the jade bangle, you know it's a true clarification line.  A crack runs up and down the width of the jade bangle. 

Jade Heaven #8560 grade A Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet with clarification line

If your jade bangle breaks and you are heartbroken, and looking for a replacement, I will be happy to help you find a good replacement.   I still have the "old mine" Burmese jadeite, mined prior to this century if you like the older kind of jade.  If you like newer jadeite, and want a certificate of gemology testing, these are also available.  Contact me with the item number using the email address on the web site, and I will do my best to help you get your next jade bangle.

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

What Kind of Jade Bracelets to Wear? Check Out Guan Yin's Style

People often ask me what is the best kind of jade bracelet to wear.  They look at jade bangle bracelets, jade bead bracelets,  silk cord bracelets with jade tied in. 

Everyone has their idea about what they like to wear.  Some people love jade bangle style bracelets, and some people aren't comfortable with the hard jade on their wrist.  They might choose the jade bead bracelets that are easier to wear.

My "altar" in the office started with a small statue of Guan Yin, Buddha of Compassion, sometimes called Kwan Yin and perhaps other Asian names.

Guan Yin is wearing both a jade bangle bracelet and a jade bead bracelet.  And Guan Yin is culturally very old, so the style of wearing both kinds of jade bracelets really does have a history.

I have always liked to wear my jade bangle bracelet on my left wrist, closer to my heart than if I wore it on my right wrist.  My left hand is the non-dominant hand for me, so my jade bangles gets less chance of hitting a hard surface and breaking.   And I love the jade bead bracelets, so I very often wear beads on my right wrist,  it seems "balancing".

Burmese jadeite bead bracelet 

Classic round old mine Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet, slender width
When I was shopping in a local Chinatown several years ago, I walked in a store and right next to me was a life size Guan Yin statue.  She had real jade bangle bracelet on one wrist, and the bead bracelet on her other wrist.  So this seems to be the traditional classic, and spiritual way to wear jade bracelets.

The jade bangle bracelet was classic round and slender, very feminine and comfortable.  All jade bangle bracelets for women were carved round and slender back in the Dynasty days, when women who wore jade were elite and didn't run the risk of breaking jade while doing physical labor.

If you are attracted to the qi energy of jade, wearing one on each wrist will not only be beautiful, but give you a very spiritual "feel".  Try it!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Jade and Nature: "Cloud of Bliss" Jade Bangle Bracelet

It was time to get a new computer with the most recent technology and features for the jade business.  Transferring all the data, photos, documents for this almost 20 year jade business was very time consuming and frustrating.  The work is still not completed, but I finally got logged into Jade Blogger today! 

Yesterday I spent the entire day working on everything.  When I looked out the window early evening, I saw the sun setting, and I love to walk at sunset.  The sky, trees, lake nearby are my natural "antidepressants" and mood lifters, and it's restoring, relaxing, motivating, and "blissful".  As well as good exercise without being too strenuous at the end of the day.  I often stop, stand still, and feel all the good earth energy cleanse me.  Ahhhh...bliss!

So of course I walked.  As the sun set, the moon was rising in the other direction as I headed home.  It has been raining every day, afternoon and/or evening, so there were white clouds in the sky, some of them puffy.  When I saw the white moon, it looked like one of the clouds.  I stopped, stunned.  The last jade bangle bracelet I listed before walking came to mind.  It is soft green with a "cloud" that felt so blissful as I held it to feel it, measure it, get it listed.  I described it as "cloud of bliss".  And that's what the moon, and clouds in they sky looked and felt like.

"Cloud of Bliss" Old Mine Burmese Jadeite Bangle Bracelet #BB2582
When I got back home, I decided to make the jade bangle a "deal of the day" on Ying Yu Jade.  After holding it again, I was very tempted to keep it for myself.  In fact, I was taking it to my "jade drawer", but the drawer was so packed with my personal jade bangles, that I knew I wouldn't wear it as much as I thought I would and hope it sells before I change my mind!

Jade customers often tell me how wearing their jade has made a difference in their lives.  If you choose a jade bangle bracelet or pendant that really appeals to you, you keep coming back to look at it, and maybe even drool when you see it, that's a sign that the qi energy is right for you.  And wearing your jade "medicine" can help with your qi balance.  It can help you become more mindful, with that piece of jade on your wrist that you feel, touch during the day.  

Genuine and natural jade has been used by Chinese medicine and Chinese people who are culturally attuned to the Chinese medicine even if they use western medicine.  I have heard stories about people who didn't even think about jade until they received a piece,  experienced the "feel" of it, and understand how special it is.  

And that qi feel is how I purchased most of the jade that is sold.  Shopping in China with a Chinese doctor friend, or a Chinese woman I hire to help with language and transportation gives me more insight into the culture of jade, and the qi energy.  Yes, it's "bliss".

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Guatamala, Jadeite and the Volcano Eruption

When I heard about the volcano eruption in Guatamala, I looked on the map to see where the volcano is in relationship to  the major jadeite mine and carvers   And they are quite close to each other.

"Real" jadeite mines are located in Myanman (Burma) and Guatamala.  The jadeite in Guatamala looks slightly different from Burmese jadeite, but it is very beautiful and the color, quality is similar.  We were on a cruise through the Panama Canal several years ago, and of course I took the bus to Casa Del Jade.  I wandered most of the day through the workshops and shops selling the jade.  While "business" is about the Burmese jadeite, of course I purchased a few pieces of Guatamala jade for myself.

This is a gorgeous and large jade pendant with silver bail that is made into a flower with a jade bead in the center.  The quality seemed to be the best of the jadeite.

I couldn't find a bangle bracelet my size, so purchased this stretch bracelet that alternates the light and dark jade colors.  I love "yin and yang" for the balance, so this bracelet is often on my "other" wrist, not the one I wear my jade bangle on.

I have been trying to get information about how the volcano has affected the jade mines and businesses in Guatamala.    The danger of the volcano and how it is affecting life is the priority right now.  But I sure would feel sad if that volcano has damaged their jade.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Jade Photos: The Photo You See Online and the Physical Jade You Receive

The photos of the jade we sell online are very important.  When you shop online, you expect the item you order will look just like the photo.  That's what I expect, and I treat customers the way I want to be treated.

All of our photos are taken in a screened outdoor room because natural light is needed to get an accurate photo.  Each item gets at least 50 photos taken so when they are edited we can get the photo to look like the "real thing".  And we can't "photoshop" because that program is so technically "perfect" that the photos look great, but they don't look like the "real thing".  Photos take days, weeks to capture what we need.  Photo editing takes just as long.  And then we spend a great deal of time checking the listing with the photo on 6 different devices to make sure they are "good". 

But the end result of the photo still doesn't look as good as the jade will when you receive it.  The "old mine" jade has a "glow" and translucence that disappears during the editing, although we try to keep as much of the "glow", translucence as possible.  For example, JHBB3270 in this photo was so gorgeous to handle during the photos, editing and listing process.  I got the "qi feel" of "wisdom and compassion", so that was part of the description.

JHBB3270 "Compassion and Wisdom" Old Mine Burmese Jadeite Bangle Bracelet

You can see some of that "glow" around the upper edges on the right, but not on the front area.  I fell in love with it and if it were my size, it would be on my wrist instead of listed for sale!

Keep in mind that all of our smart devices are slightly different, what you see is slightly different than what you get.  But we spend a great deal of time to show it as accurate as possible.

And when you receive your jade and open the parcel in your home or office, and it doesn't seem "right", take it to outdoor lighting.  Jade is a natural mineral, and the natural outdoor light is what makes it look like it's supposed to look.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Ying Yu Jade Birthday - 18 Years Selling Online

Ying Yu Jade has been online and selling jade for 18 years!

I have a feeling this is a "never ending job" for me.

In 1998 I built my first web site, Calm Spirit.  It was mostly online counseling.  Then I went to China in 1999 to learn Chinese medicine, and fell in love with jade.  The Chinese doctor I met in Beijing liked jade rollers, jade gua sha tools, and taught me about those.  We met a jade seller in Dandong, who took us to China's "Jade Capital" in Liaoning, China who introduced us to a jade carver.  I ordered a box of jade bangles, rollers, gua sha tools not much larger than a shoe  box,  and was quite scared about starting a jade business.  I started on eBay, and sold out!  So I ordered more and turned Calm Spirit into an e-commerce web site.  But it it wasn't really set up for selling,  and my associate in China told me "Ying Yu" meant "best quality jade", so Ying Yu Jade began.

Ying Yu Jade

I still chuckle when I think about how nervous I was about ordering a shoe box size of jade products.  At the height of YYJ,  I had a storage shed.  And I still have a lot of jade, but it does sell.

99% of the time it's been a great "job".  I love buying jade.  I can shop in China, or order the Chinese jade health care items from my jade carver.  I love unpacking it.  I love listing it.  But it is a big job because most items are one of a kind, require quite a few photos before editing and listing each one. Most customers are jade lovers.  And some would love to "close me down" because of the fine quality and good customer service offered.  As you know, the "fake" jades have added drama to selling jade, and when you look at YYJ and Jade Heaven, and you see what genuine and natural jade looks like, and read information about jade on the sites and the blog, it kind of puts a crimp into businesses selling "fake".

Check out the "Deal of the Day" on May 23 for some great discounts.  The more I sell, the more new jade I can buy!  Good for all of us jade lovers.

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Taking Care of Your Jade in Summer Weather

It's summer here in central Florida.  Really.  Hot.  90 degrees during the daytime already.

When summer comes, it's important to keep your jade cool.  I keep the jade that is in storage in a cool part of our home, where it is also dark.  That's what jade likes.  When I would go into very good quality jade shops in China, they were often dark, looking like it was closed, not open for business.  But if you could see a little light inside, you knew it was open.  The jade was stored in mostly dark.  And in cool temperatures, even in southern China. When I was in a shop like that, I knew I would get good quality jade.

I wear my jade bangle bracelet outdoors, when I go to the pool.  But since I don't spend long periods of time outdoors when it's really hot, it's safe for the jade.  When I go into the pool, I usually keep my jade bangle wrist above the water, but if it does spend some time in the chlorine pool water, I wash it with soap and cool water when I get home.  Sometimes if it seems sticky from sunscreen, I use furniture polish to clean it up.

Since I always have a jade bangle bracelet on, it's in the shower with me, too.  So it stays hydrated and clean.  I wipe lotions off, but don't use any harsh cleaners.

I love white jade with some apple green veins for summer.  The qi energy seems cooling, calming.  I know it's "right" for me to wear in the summer, a yin jade in yang heat, because it "glows" as I wear it.

JHBB579 soft yin green and white Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet for summer

Mother of Pearl jewelry looks good with my jade in the summer, and I really do like MOP pendants.  I was cleaning out a jewelry box last week and found a key chain I bought in Tahiti a few years ago.  It's mother of pearl with a palm tree near the ocean, and a little darker color near the top you usually don't see on mother of pearl.  It reminds me of how beautiful those islands are but there are also the dangers of tropical storms looming. 

I plan to remove the key chain clasp and replace it with a bail so I can wear it as a pendant. It's too pretty to leave in a drawer because I don't want to damage it using it as a key chain.

And I have to remind myself to wear all my jade bangle bracelets!  I get hooked on one, wear it for a long time, but when I "go to the drawer", I see another one that looks like "just the right one", and that gets to spend some time on my wrist.

Take care of your jade, so its qi energy takes care of you!

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Jade at the Gem Trade Show

This weekend is the G&LW Gem trade show in Orlando area.  Yesterday was first day, and that's when I go.  There are two gem sellers who sell Chinese jade and Burmese jadeite, and know that I "know" jade.  If they have something special,  they hold it for me if I go to their booth as soon as it opens. 

One of the gem sellers had some vintage old Burmese jadeite pendants and carvings.  They were beautiful, and very expensive.  And I didn't purchase anything from him.  The other gem seller pulled out a tray of Burmese jadeite beads bracelets. The smooth beads were reasonable prices that I could sell online, but I have a sufficient amount in my inventory.  He still had some of the carved beads bracelet and was selling them for almost the price I have them listed.

Jade Heaven Carved Burmese Jadeite Grade A Bead Bracelets

We discussed that each bead needs careful carving, and using the more expensive grade A genuine and natural jadeite is risky because drilling the hole, doing the carving results in some breakage, which is total loss for the jade carver. 

He goes to Hong Kong several times a year to purchase jadeite.  Some of his contacts in Hong Kong who shop for jade go directly to the jade carvers near the Burma border to buy wholesale and then sell to gem sellers who buy wholesale from him.  He got very serious and told me it is extremely difficult to sell jadeite these days because of all the fakes.  He mentioned a company in Tianjin that makes beautiful fake jadeite, color treated aventurine or other gem that can be made to look like jadeite.  He is very experienced and said that sometimes it fools him, too.  He just shakes his head when I tell him all my sales are online.  We agreed there is so much drama around jade, and it is very frustrating to be a genuine natural jade seller.  I told him that when my inventory gets lower, I am not going order again, and that will be the end of my jade selling.  Sad, but that's the way it is.  My regular jade supplier in China who never leaves the country and works with my jade carver said the same thing is happening with his jade sales.  He said buyers don't understand why the prices for his jade is higher than some of the exporters, because we have worked together almost 20 years and sells only genuine and natural Chinese jade and Burmese jadeite.

So it's the first time at the gem show that I didn't buy any jade!

To cheer me up, I wandered through some of the other gem sellers booths and was very tempted to buy up some of the gorgeous gem jewelry.  I put my "gift list" in my mind, and purchased a few things for gifts for friends.  One seller had very different gemstone items, including small trees made with gemstones.  I have seen the trees with all the different gemstones as branches, but this seller had these gorgeous amethyst trees.

Genuine amethyst small tree

The photo just can't capture how beautiful it really is.  All the little stones making up the leaf clusters, and some amethyst stones coming through the stone base.  I bought one for a girlfriend who is a Reiki master.  It "screamed her name" at me when I looked at it!

And as I wandered I did see "jade" being sold as genuine and natural when it obviously wasn't.  But most buyers didn't know that, and were buying it because of the low price.

This morning I received an email from a customer looking for a certain jadeite bangle bracelet, and telling me about she always gets "cheated"  and ripped off buying jade in Western markets, China Towns.   And I have been hearing that from many people over the years.  It's so sad that has happened to the reputation of jade it probably won't improve.  If you are reading this, you know where you can buy genuine and natural jade. 

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Thursday, April 26, 2018

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

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

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

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

Magnet and Pearls Bracelet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

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

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

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

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

My classic round and slender Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet

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

JPNeck-650 Jade and Pearls Necklace

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

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

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