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location: LG Level, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
- Drop “Leaf” earrings of Ebony with 18k gold leaf and mid 20th century jadeite. The design combines West African carving with Asian jadeite and is reminiscent of a Chinese pea pod motif.
- Size: 3.6 (L) x 2.5 (W) cm; 1.1 (Diameter) cm (Jade)
- Materials: Jadeite, Ebony wood, 18k gold
- Designed and handcrafted in Hong Kong (2020)
Jade’s position at the very heart of Chinese art, culture and history is unparalleled by any material in any other tradition. Three thousand years ago, jade was already considered to be profoundly spiritual and mystical. Jade adornment protected and gave status to the wearer and symbolized moral strength and character. Craftsmen breathed life into the stone with their hands, first creating ceremonial objects to honor heaven and earth and then jewelry that would empower the wearer. Jade has a complex interlocking molecular structure that makes it virtually impossible to carve, so abrasives are used to grind away the stone when shaping and designing. Jade is the toughest known gemstone.
Ebony wood from West Africa has been used for centuries along the trading routes and was even found in ancient Egyption tombs. Ebony is known for its density and beauty.