The tridacna gigas is the largest species of clam on the planet, and one of the seven treasures of Buddhism.
The first time man laid eyes on a kingfisher, it must have looked like a gemstone peering out from the reeds.
The color of rivers flowing in central Asia, genuine turquoise is both rare and stunning.
As a stone used by legendary goddess Nuwa for repairing the pillar of heaven, turquoise has never lacked a connection with immortals.
Researched by Ariel Tian.
A stone that comes in a veritable rainbow of colors, tourmaline has long been treasured in Chinese jewelry.
If you’ve ever seen a dragon-dance, you’ll know that the dragon chases a ball. This ball, in fact, is a pearl.
Lapis is often flecked with bits of pyrite that shimmer like the stars emerging from a dusk sky.
At the intersection of painting, woodworking, and sculpture lies the art of Chinese lacquer.
In our quest to understand Chinese people’s deep fondness for jade, we turn to their ritual use.
From obtaining the rough material to polishing the finished piece, jade working in ancient China took labor, discernment, and almost impossible patience.
To begin our three-part series on jade, we need to understand why it is so highly regarded by the Chinese.
Enamelwork and cloisonné, known in China as “jingtailan” or “fa lang,” is made with colored glass on metal.