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Beijing Private Tour: Buy Memeroable Gifts Such As Beautiful Chinese Jade

A legendary gemstone known for its unique color and believed to possess spiritual quality and healing ability, jade is the most popular material for ornaments in China. The practice of making jade items began over 10,000 years ago, during the Neolithic period, and lasted through all stages of China's history into the present day. The great influence of jade upon the Chinese culture is evident in almost all aspects of the life of Chinese: custom, mannerism, literature, philosophy, art, and spiritual beliefs. Specially-designed jade ornaments were one of the things used by the ancient Chinese upper class to display their status and wealth. When in Beijing, find a Beijing tour operator to take you on a private tour to discover unique jade works in the city's local shops.

A common trait across all varieties of jade is having an incredibly soft, smooth, and warm appearance that sometimes belies the fact that it is actually especially hard. Beneath the hard surface, the exquisite color has a sense of purity and ephemeral beauty that seems to have been captured in eternity. For this appealing quality and other of its purported health and spiritual benefits, jade has won the hearts and minds of Chinese, who regard it as not only possessing the highest form of beauty, but representing all that is good about a virtuous gentleman. Confucius, the most famous Chinese thinker, once said: "The wise have likened jade to virtue."

The discovery of jade in the Neolithic period is believed to be a result of the ancient stone-tool making practice. On the sites of two pre-historic Chinese cultures, Liangzu and Hongshan, archaeologists found a large variety of jade artifacts used for different purposes. According to one historical account written 3,000 years ago, the mining of jade had already been practiced for several thousand years by that time. Jade works unearthed from ancient burial sites confirmed that early on the ownership of jade was considered an exclusive privilege of the ruling class.

In later times, as Chinese society became more and more complex, and the skills of artisans to make decorative works were greatly improved, jade works became a popular form of art. According to historical account, during the Zhou dynasty one of the most popular practices among the upper class people was wearing different jade ornaments to show one's taste in art and knowledge of jade. In the Song dynasty, the fashion of jade advanced to a new level. Creative artisans from this period invented many different types of jade works to meet people's demand to appreciate the beauty of jade in new ways. Ming and Qing dynasties saw a peak of the development of jade art. New design repeatedly appeared during this time.

Probably due to the immense influence of jade on Chinese culture, Chinese use the character for jade, "yu", to refer to many different types of gemstones. Strictly speaking, there are only two types of gemstones that can be categorized as jade - nephrite and jadeite.

Nephrite - It is believed that all jade items produced in China before 1800s were nephrite. On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, it measures 5.5 - 6.0, somewhat softer compared to jadeite which measures 6.5 - 7.0, thus its Chinese name "soft jade." Different varieties of nephrite are classified by their colors, the "mutton fat", a variety with a creamy, white color, being the best. Other main colors are white, gray, green, dark green, yellow, and black. Both historically and presently, people consider nephrite from the Khotan region in Xinjiang province has the highest quality. But the deposit there was depleted a long time ago.

Jadeite - Jadeite is a more valuable type of jade than nephrite because of its rarity and wider range of colors. Introduced from Burma to China in the 19th century, it quickly rose to replace nephrite as the favorite gem of the ruling class. Of the over 20 different colors it shows, emerald green is the most loved.

In many fantastic local shops in Beijing, you can find gorgeous traditional jade ornaments that are made by some of the best artisans in China. With so many fake jade products out there, it's best to find a Beijing guide to assist you in your shopping.

About the Author
A. Lao writes about Chinese culture and history. He assists a Beijing personal shopper. Sometimes he plans Beijing Tour Guide.

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