581K: NATURAL BLACK JADE EARRINGS
Natural Black Jade Earrings - Metal White Gold Karat: 18K Stone Size: 18X23Mm - - How Is It Mined? Jade Is Mined In Gross Boulder Form From Mountain Sites As Well As Found In The Form Of Float. Being Harder Than The Material In Which It Is Embedded, It Emerges When Erosion Removes The Surrounding, Softer Stone. Thus It Is Often Found Near Water Sources. Typical Pieces Can Vary From One To Two Pounds To Some That Weigh Seven To Eight Tons. It Is Said That The Earliest Jade Miners Were Women Who, Symbolizing The Female Or "Yin" Principle, Would Be "Drawn To" The Jade, Which Was Said To Be Symbolic Of The Male Or "Yang" Principle. Thus, They Would Find It More Easily In Rivers And Mountains. Mining Today Proceeds Much As It Did In Olden Times - It Is Unscientific At Best. The Monsoon Season Stops The Whole Process For Six To Nine Months Of The Year And, When The Rains Clear, The Locations Of The Sites Are Often Forgotten. There Is One Clear Improvement: Large Boulders Are No Longer Broken Up At The Mining Site In Order To Bring The Smaller, More Manageable Pieces To Market. We Can Only Hazard A Guess As To How Much Fine Material This Primitive Process Has Destroyed Over The Years. Jade Lapidaries Now Carefully Saw All Boulders. Is It Fragile? Next To "Black Diamond", Jade Is The Toughest Of All Known Stones. This Extreme Durability (A Result Of Its Fibrous Crypto-Or Microcrystalline Structure) Explains Its Early Use By Many Cultures As Tools For Farming And Hunting. No Other Stone Appears In Such A Wide Variety Of Forms: Bangles, Hololith Rings, Statuary Cups, Spoons And Scepters. It Is Jade'S Unparalleled Toughness That Accounts For Its Wide Variety Of Uses, And It Is This Very Toughness That Allows For The Unmatched Delicacy Of Carving One Finds In Jade. What Other Stone Can Be Carved As A Continuous Chain From A Single Piece Of Material And Endure As Jewelry Or Statuary For Centuries? Because Of Its Toughness And Hardness, Jade Even Appeals To The Aural Senses, For Its Is Said When "Jade Is Struck, It Rings True." Not Only Has Jade Been Carved As Bells, But Its Pictogram Is Thought To Have Been Derived From An Early Jade Bell In The Form Of Three Resonant Pieces Of Jade Supported By A String And A Clapper. It Is This Same Durability That Allows A Family To Pass On A Cherished Piece From Generation To Generation And Elevates Jade From The Realm Of An Ordinary Gemstone To A Priceless Heirloom.
19% up to 5,000
15% up to 10,000
10% above 10,001
|Estimate||$6,480 – $8,100|