6 Unusual Chinese Carved Jade Dragon Beads

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Each of these unusual beads measures 24mm x 14mm x 9mm, and is drilled ready to thread/hang. Dragons bring good feng shui. And in China, they represent male power, fertility, and the emperor! Amazingly they are all individually carved in Southern China. Designed for the end of necklace, pendants etc.


For 5,000 years Imperial China used the word "jade" as something precious. Because jade is said to have all the attributes most valued in society. A symbol of purity and serenity, it is delicate, but will not break - is beautiful, but not impermanent, it can be flawed with lines, but still pleasing. It is believed to radiate divine unconditional love and balance the emotions. Held in the hand it can improve judgement - ancient silk traders often held jade while bartering. A small piece of jade worn around the neck was said to dispel illness.

Chinese jade first arrived in the West during the sixteenth century, brought from Canton by the Portuguese. Today jade continues to be a symbol of love, virtue, and status. With Chinese carvings reaching the highest value. The best jade has a waxy, pearly appearance. Feeling cool and so smooth, it seems soft to the touch. Yet hard enough that pressure from a sharp knife will not leave a mark.