Tridacna Shell: The Giant of the Sea

April 27, 2017 0 Comments

The tridacna gigas is the largest species of clam on the planet, and one of the seven treasures of Buddhism.

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The Kingfisher Feather Jewelry of Ancient China

April 27, 2017 0 Comments

The first time man laid eyes on a kingfisher, it must have looked like a gemstone peering out from the reeds.

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Turquoise: Precious Treasure in Global Culture

July 08, 2016 0 Comments

The color of rivers flowing in central Asia, genuine turquoise is both rare and stunning.

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Turquoise: Fossil from Pine Trees

June 23, 2016 0 Comments

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.

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Tourmaline: Gemstone of the Rainbow

May 26, 2016 0 Comments

A stone that comes in a veritable rainbow of colors, tourmaline has long been treasured in Chinese jewelry.

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Chasing Wisdom: Pearls in Chinese Culture

April 19, 2016 0 Comments

If you’ve ever seen a dragon-dance, you’ll know that the dragon chases a ball. This ball, in fact, is a pearl.

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Lapis Lazuli: The Stone of Heaven

April 12, 2016 0 Comments

Lapis is often flecked with bits of pyrite that shimmer like the stars emerging from a dusk sky.

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Chinese Lacquer Work: From Poison Comes Beauty

April 05, 2016 0 Comments

At the intersection of painting, woodworking, and sculpture lies the art of Chinese lacquer.

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Chinese Jade (Part 3) : Symbolism and Ceremony

March 29, 2016 0 Comments

In our quest to understand Chinese people’s deep fondness for jade, we turn to their ritual use.

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Chinese Jade (Part 2) : Material and Technique

March 22, 2016 0 Comments

From obtaining the rough material to polishing the finished piece, jade working in ancient China took labor, discernment, and almost impossible patience.

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Chinese Jade (Part 1) : Its Folklore and Cultural Significance

March 15, 2016 0 Comments

To begin our three-part series on jade, we need to understand why it is so highly regarded by the Chinese.

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Chinese Enamel and Cloisonné Jewelry: Painting with Glass

March 01, 2016 0 Comments

Enamelwork and cloisonné, known in China as “jingtailan” or “fa lang,” is made with colored glass on metal.

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