Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Is My Jade Real? Is it Color Treated?

 Twenty three years ago when I went to China for the first time, it was to learn about Chinese medicine. And do tai chi with the Chinese army in Tiananmen Square with the Chinese army!

While on the flight to China, I saw a jade bangle on a woman's wrist for the first time!  And fell in love.

We went to a Chinese medicine hospital to see how jade health tools were used to treat patients.  I had never seen jade rollers, jade gua sha tools and more.  I learned how to use them on myself.  And decided I should introduce these to the USA.  I saw very few on eBay, and all were shipped from China.  So I made a web site:  https://yingyujade.com

My Chinese doctor traveled with me on a train from Beijing to Dandong, where we met a government person who took us to Xiuyan to meet jade carvers.  We went to view the jade mines to learn about this traditional Chinese jade.  And visited jade museums.  Then the doctor worked with the jade carver to make Chinese medicine tools to Chinese medicine standards.  I bought the tools, jade bangle bracelets, pendants and started selling.

A few years later, I noticed more people were selling jade online.  And some of the jade really looked "different".  Even today I get emails from jade sellers in China, and while most of it looks good, some of it looks like something other than jade.

I also "discovered" Burmese jadeite, which is very different from Chinese jade because it is a gemstone.  It can be tested by refraction to know if it is genuine jadeite.  My second trip to China was to learn about and buy jadeite.   I met a Chinese person who spoke English and she traveled with me to south China near Myanmar (Burma) and I learned how to "bargain" for jade.  We knew this was genuine and natural Burmese jadeite because we saw the jade carvers working with it.  And one of the jade carvers showed me how to use refraction to test it.

I went to China every year until 2009 when Myanmar government was having political problems, they were damaging the jade mines and injuring, killing the jade workers, and the US government put sanctions on jadeite. So I could not buy it and safely get through customs at the airport to get home.  

That's when "fake jade" started showing up online.  Some of the jadeite was still able to get mined but not very good color and quality, so it was color treated.  That's when the "certificates of authenticity" were available.  But of course, "fake certificates" also became popular.  The jadeite I ordered from China when the sanctions were lifted by a member of the Chinese Jade Association.   They do look different from the "old mine" but that's because "old mine" was truly more older and traditional.

Genuine Natural Burmese Jadeite "Old Mine" Bangle Bracelet

Burmese Jadeite Bangle Bracelet with Certificate
The number inside bangle matched the Certificate

There is a note at the bottom of each Blog that comments are welcome, but they will be reviewed and if accepted they will be published when I am done with the review.  Every day I get notices that there are "comments" waiting to be reviewed.  Most of the comments are very good, but also most of them have a link to another web site that sells jade, and when I go to the site I am appalled they make a positive comment and then are selling jade that is not the genuine and natural kind.  So I do not accept the comment, I delete it.  And sometimes when I don't accept it, I am notified that someone left me "a negative review" about the jade I sell on Ying Yu Jade, Jade Heaven and JadeBangleBracelets web sites. If you want to purchase jade you can trust as being genuine and natural, buy from the person who introduced jade to USA, traveled all over China to learn about and buy jade, and established good business relationships with jade carvers, Chinese doctors.  Shop on these web sites:




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Saturday, March 19, 2022

Chinese Jade Gua Sha Tools - What Do They Do?

 Jade Gua Sha tools for traditional Chinese treatment. Ying Yu Jade brought jade gua sha tools to the USA in 2002. They have been designed using traditional shape and with consultation of Dr Charles Li in Beijing, using high quality medical grade jade and substantial to use professionally.

Jade balances and protects the body qi. It is yin/yang, cool but warms to the body temperature.
Unlike buffalo horn tools, no animals were sacrificed to make these.

                                                     Ying Yu Jade Gua Sha Tool GUA-9   

Shape is related to the Five Elements in Chinese medicine, and the curves and straight areas relate to yin and yang for balance when you are using them. The jade gua sha tool in the photo, GUA-9 is "Fire" Element. This not only helps keep all qi moving. Fire is associated with strong emotions such as passion, anger, rage. With all the conflict in the World today, GUA-9 not only helps your body, also helps Spirit.

The shape of GUA-9 is very comfortable to hold and use.  It smoothly "scrapes" the meridians for good results getting the qi flowing smoothly.  And it has a pointer for more intense areas. It is one of Ying Yu Jade's more popular jade health tools.

You can view GUA-9 and more gua sha tools and other Chinese jade health tools on Jade Gua Sha Tools and Chinese Medicine Health Tools page.

You can also get a 10% discount if you shop now and use coupon code   FB-10

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Chinese Lunar New Year "Tiger" 2022 - What Kind of Jade to Wear to Celebrate

 Chinese Lunar New Years starts February 1, 2022.  It is the "Year of the Tiger" (Water element)

It's traditional to wear special jade for luck, good health and fortune during the Lunar Year time.   Since it is the beginning of Spring season, it is auspicious to wear flowers.

Jade carved flower jewelry is beautiful and enjoyable to wear.  Flowers that are carved carefully from genuine and natural Chinese jade and Burmese jadeite take time to get good details.   Flower jewelry sold on Ying Yu Jade, Jade Heaven and JadeBangleBracelets are all special.  And you can enjoy wearing jade flowers year round.

Burmese Jadeite Adjustable Bracelets and Necklaces
Jade Heaven

Burmese Jadeite and Silver Flower Necklace

An interesting and unique Chinese jade "Tiger Tooth" pendant necklace is available on Ying Yu Jade.  They are all different shades of jade.  And only a few remain in stock.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and auspicious Chinese Lunar New Year of the Tiger 2022

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

When Should I Change My Jade Bangle Bracelet?

 I was doing tai chi yesterday morning and my left wrist kept distracting me.  I looked, my jade bangle bracelet was pretty but didn't "seem right".  After tai chi, qigong and yoga, it still felt "distracting".  My personal "jade stash" is in a drawer in the same room I do tai chi, qigong and yoga most of the time.  I removed the "yin and yang" light and dark combination and it felt like I "lightened up".  I put m hand in the drawer of jade bangles, and "felt around" and was surprised when instead of the gorgeous Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets I usually wear, my body and spirit were attracted to a classic Chinese jade bangle bracelet with carving.

Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet similar to the bangle I was wearing

Traditional Chinese jade bangle bracelet with carving, I chose to wear
These are made from the same kind of jade as Chinese medicine tools.
Feels like wearing "medicine on the wrist"

I have been working with several jade bangle lovers who wanted to purchase new jade bangle bracelets for the new year.  Some wanted to purchase several.  And most were already jade bangle wearers, and were attracted to not only the appearance, but the qi energy.  Ying Yu Jade, Jade Heaven, and JadeBangleBracelets all had 10%-30% discount sales from Thanksgiving through a couple days after new year 2022 so they got good discounts.  I could truly understand their desire for the particular bangle bracelets, and happy to help them find what they like the appearance of as well as the qi energy.

Wearing jade often helps people become more mindful.  And that's also what helps them decide to purchase other jade for different times in their life.  I change my jade bangles often, when I have "the feeling" and am happy other jade lovers will also have choices.

Jade is not always about "beautiful jewelry".   It's originally about health and wellness.

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Thursday, December 23, 2021

What is the Best Kind of Jade to Buy and Wear?

 Customers often ask "what is the best kind of jade to buy and wear?"   

The best kind of jade to wear is the kind of jade that really appeals to you.

The best kinds of jade are Chinese jade and Burmese jadeite.

Chinese jade is what Chinese people have been wearing for centuries.  The best Chinese jade is mined in Xiuyan, north east China where it is formed naturally.  There are jade museums there that have jade from centuries, the kind you wear, and carvings and more.  Most of the jade is good green color.  Some are classic round,  the more "modern" are flat inside, and some are carved with design, small carvings in the jade bangle stone.  

Chinese green jade bangle bracelet from Xiuyan on Ying Yu Jade

Carved green Chinese jade bangle bracelet from Xiuyan on Ying Yu Jade

And Xiuyan also has Chinese "River Jade" that has colors related to the five body meridians you can wear for health and healing:

Chinese "river jade" from Xiuyan on Ying Yu Jade

Chinese medicine tools like jade rollers, jade gua sha tools are made from Chinese jade, mostly from Xiuyan.  If you find yourself attracted to a jade bangle because of the color, it probably has the best qi energy for you.

And Burmese jadeite also has good qi energy.   People who like Burmese jadeite wear them for the beauty and value.  The very best Burmese jadeite is the good imperial green, that is very rare today to find genuine and natural.  The Imperial Green Burmese jadeite often sells at auctions for more than a million US dollars.  And this is the kind of jade you have to be careful when you buy, because there is so much "fake" jade in this category.  I have seen " imperial green Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets" on eBay priced around $100 US dollars, and often have "fake" certificates of gemology testing and are color treated "some kind of stone".  

Genuine natural "Old Mine" Burmese Jadeite Bangle Bracelet on Jade Heaven

Carved "Old Mine" Genuine Natural Burmese Jadeite Bangle Bracelet on Ying Yu Jade

"Old Mine" Burmese jadeite is available on both web sites and was made before 2008 when political problems in Myanmar started the "fake jade" and jade with certificates of gemology testing.  And be careful, because the certificates are often "fake".

Ying Yu Jade and Jade Heaven have been selling jade since the year 2000.  We shopped in China, both at northern Xiuyan and southern China near the Burma border so we could be sure we were buying genuine and natural Chinese jade and Burmese jadeite.

If you buy jade for high value that will probably increase as time goes on, you probably prefer Burmese jadeite.  If you buy jade for qi energy of the colors that relate to your qi meridians, you probably prefer Chinese jade.  And if you are shopping for jade and "something" really appeals to you, that is the best kind of jade to buy for YOU!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Pearl Necklaces, Jade Necklaces, Pearl and Jade Necklaces Ying Yu Jade

 When I went to China to shop for jade, I usually flew into Beijing first.  I met my Chinese doctor friend who picked me up at the airport and used jade gua sha tool on my body to help me get over time zone change (12 hour difference) so I could use all my time doing what I want, not just "resting up".  We did tai chi, qigong, and I taught him yoga and Reiki.  We often went on the 16 hour train ride north to Dandong so we could meet our jade carver in Xiuyan.  Then I would travel to Guangzhou and south to the Burma (Myanmar) border to shop for Burmese jadeite directly from the jade carvers.

While in Beijing, one of the interesting place was a Pearl Market.  Of course, they also sold jade there, usually Chinese jade.  While I was looking at the pearl necklaces, I made a comment that I wished they had pearl and jade necklaces.  One of the sellers called "the girls in", and they made jade and pearl necklaces just for me!

These were made with genuine natural pearls and genuine natural Chinese jade.  Of course I kept one of each for myself.   They were made and purchased around 2003 and they are in excellent condition, even more beautiful than when I bought them.  There are also pearl earrings, pearl bracelets available on Ying Yu Jade.

These make great gifts.  And they will get more beautiful as your body qi and the pearl and jade qi work together.  They are custom made, a very unique gift, for a friend or for yourself!

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Sunday, November 14, 2021

Some People Have Trouble Wearing Jade Bangle Bracelets

 All of our web sites sell jade bangle bracelets.  These include genuine and natural Burmese jadeite bangle bracelets, and genuine and natural Chinese jade bangle bracelets.  Some are classic round inside,  most are flat inside, and there are quite a few that are carved with interesting items.  You can find these on Ying Yu Jade, Jade Heaven and JadeBangleBracelets.

I treat customers the way I want to be treated, so if there is a problem with the jade bangle bracelet they buy, I do my best to help the customer get the jade bangle bracelet that is best for them.  The "problem" is usually about size.  For example, someone who wears a 56 mm jade bangle orders a wider 56 mm jade bangle, and they cannot get it on their wrist because it is "too small".  Width usually makes a big difference in how the bangle fits, goes on the wrist.

And sometimes customers are concerned because while they can comfortable get the jade bangle on their wrist, it does not feel comfortable while they are wearing it.

I have been wearing a jade bangle bracelet 24/7 since my first trip to China in 1999.  Since I buy the bangles myself, I always buy "one for me" when I shop for jade in China.  So I occasionally change my jade bangle as seasons change, my body changes, for the qi energy that is different in each jade bangle.

I have been selling jade since 1999 and have the three jade web sites.  My home office is a true office, used only for jade.  It is packed with jade!  Both larger walls are lined with heavy metal shelves, and all of the jade is organized in boxes and fill every inch of space on those shelves.  And you know jade is a heavy stone, so those boxes are heavy.  When customers order, I can find the jade but I have to move the boxes most of the time.  A couple of weeks ago I was reorganizing some of the boxes, and grabbed one that started to fall off the shelf.  It hit my left wrist hard, the wrist I wear my jade bangle on.  And it hurt badly, mostly nerve pain.  And my jade bangle was hurting my wrist as I wore it.  So I had to remove it, painfully, And I just could not deal with not wearing a jade bangle.

BUT!  I also have jade bead bracelets on elastic.  I chose a jade bead bracelet with small beads, and it easily went on my wrist, and did not hurt my wrist.

Small Burmese jadeite "Yin and Yang" Bead Bracelets
available on Ying Yu Jade and Jade Heaven

I like the "yin and yang" qi energy, very balancing.  And the small smooth round beads were very comfortable on my wrist.  The qi energy probably helped my wrist heal quickly, because a few days later I could wear my carved Burmese jadeite bangle bracelet again.

Jade bead bracelets are much lower priced than bangle bracelets.  And the elastic helps get it easily over the hand onto the wrist.  Bead bracelets can also be worn next to a bangle bracelet for something elegant and interesting.  And they make great gifts because the fit most wrists.

If you love jade, but can't wear a jade bangle bracelet, try a Chinese jade or Burmese jadeite bead bracelet.   Available on all web sites:  Ying Yu JadeJade HeavenJadeBangleBracelets.

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