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Lucky Chinese Quan Yin Hand-Carved Jade Pendant

Product Code: nor710

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This beautiful carving from China has a wealth of detail and is one-of-a-kind. Ideal for a quality pendant on a nice necklace. Drilled at top for a pendant. Measures 35mm x 17mm x 5mm.

Quan Yin is the Chinese Goddess of Mercy. bodhisattva of great compassion. A 'Bodhisattvas', a human being that has made a vow to dedicate all of their lifetimes to the enlightenment of all humankind. Bodhisattvas continue to reincarnate and return to the world to help guide others to enlightenment.

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.

Jade is believed to radiate divine unconditional love and balance the emotions. Held in the hand it can improve judgment - 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.