10 Facts About Jade


Jade is a mineral used as jewellery or for ornaments.

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Jade is well known for its ornamental use in East Asian, South Asian, and Southeast Asian art.

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Jade was considered to be the "imperial gem" and was used to create many utilitarian and ceremonial objects, from indoor decorative items to jade burial suits.

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Jade became a favourite material for the crafting of Chinese scholars' objects, such as rests for calligraphy brushes, as well as the mouthpieces of some opium pipes, due to the belief that breathing through jade would bestow longevity upon smokers who used such a pipe.

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Jade was used for the finest objects and cult figures, and for grave furnishings for high-ranking members of the imperial family.

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Jade is found in small numbers of pit-houses and burials.

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Jade was a rare and valued material in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica.

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Jade was largely an elite good, and was usually carved in various ways, whether serving as a medium upon which hieroglyphs were inscribed, or shaped into symbolic figurines.

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Jade was first identified in Canada by Chinese settlers in 1886 in British Columbia.

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Jade is exposed using diamond-tipped core drills in order to extract samples.

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