Beijing Jade Carving

I went to Beijing in June 2006 with a group of friends. The Jade Carving factory was very interesting.

The brief introduction

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.


for appreciation


for decoration


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.

souvenir n rememberance

Well..I just got a few simple items as they were expensive.

Comments

  1. Hi Wenn, thank you for visiting me. You commented in the chicken instead of the cat post. Hahaha.
    Lovely jade carvings and souvenirs.

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  2. A precious substance - like this post.



    Aloha, Friend!

    Comfort Spiral

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  3. Great pieces of art from China!

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  4. Went in 2006..same thing..visited many factories.. it is a must, it seems..

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  5. i have not jade.. but a crystal fortune frog from beijing.. :)

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  6. When I was in China, I was concerned whether the jade sold in stalls were genuine or fake -_-"

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  7. Carvings on jade aren't easy.. one mistake and it all cracks. I always enjoy looking at those carving of a whole village on jades.

    Lovely pictures :).

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  8. Yah..they have very exquisite handy craft work. My hubby received a small jade lion as a gift and until now we are wondering about the price of the piece.

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  9. I have not visited China yet. Will have to do it soon.

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  10. It takes lots of patient to produce these great jade carvings!

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  11. The jade carvings are a marvel.

    I love Jade jeweleries but don't have any. Used to have a jade bracelet,but gone missing oredi. :(

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  12. Hi, first time here, nice blog.
    The art pieces are so beautiful, wonderful job.

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  13. I like jade, and those are amazing works!

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  14. Amazing, the artisans are pretty talented and I've never see jade in so many different types of shapes. The peaches and leaves made from jades are unique.

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  15. Very pretty pieces of jade. What a task to do all the carving, wonderful pieces. Like the different colors, never knew there were different colors.

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  16. I went to Beijing once long time ago and visited a jade factory too. I prefer diamonds..hehe.

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  17. I love the fruit tree carving! I heard the difference between cheap and expensive one is a matter of carved entirely from one slab or joined separately.

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  18. Yeah! They are indeed expensive right? :p I'm gonna get one for my wife...when both of us are old. LOL :D

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  19. What an interesting place I would have loved to see that. I love Jade and have some necklaces out of it and also little statues.

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  20. Splendid jade carvings, so many subjects and shapes. Very interesting post, Wenn.

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  21. A very special precious stone and made even better by a craftsman carver.

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  22. wow.. tht's real beautiful art!

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  23. beautiful and skillful craftmanship!!

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  24. Nice looking jade carvings! : )

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  25. i saw good carvings like these too in jade museum in china =)

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  26. genuine jade can cut glass..

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  27. a jade carving factory! Wow! amazing work! great post!

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