This item is only available for store pick up
location: LG Level, Asia Society Hong Kong Center, 9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
- Almond shaped cufflinks
- Size: 1.7 (L) x 1.1 (W) cm
- Materials: Natural jadeite, Sterling silver
- Designed in Hong Kong, Handcrafted in Guangzhou (2003)
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 protects the wearer and gives status as well as symbolizing strength and character. Craftsmen breathed life into the stone through 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. Cool to the touch at first, jade will soon become warm when handled or worn. This characteristic is associated with “Qi”, the life force that powers the universe. It is thought that the qi within a jade piece connects the wearer to this life force helping to bring empowerment and health as well as harmony with the world and one’s relations.
Until very recently, access to jadeite was limited to rulers and the most elite members of society. It is only in contemporary times that this gemstone’s beauty and power are available to those who seek it.