Beijing Jade Carving
I went to Beijing in June 2006 with a group of friends. The Jade Carving factory was very interesting.
The art of jade carving and polishing was already well developed some 3,000 years ago in the Zhou and Shang dynasties.
The factory was founded in 1958.
With its bright and pure luster, jade has always been considered by the Chinese to be a treasure of tremendous value.
It has great economical value.
Because of its toughness, jade is extremely difficult to carve: as the ancients said, it was “worked with its own dust”.
Green is the traditional color, and the most expensive.
Jades also come in varieties of colours.
Jade is the collective term for two substances: Nephrite (a silicate of magnesium) and Jadeite (a silicate of aluminum).
One must appraise a piece according to how “pleasing” one finds it: how fine the color, clarity, carving style and texture.
Well..I just got a few simple items as they were expensive.