By: Katy Wong – Ethnic Seattle
December 8, 2015
Christmas is a great time of year to show that special someone in your life your love and appreciation with a unique gift. If you’ve spent countless hours scouring the stores and the internet for that perfect piece of jewelry, how about giving something different this Holiday such as a piece of jewelry inlaid with Jade. In Asian cultures, Jade symbolizes longevity, wisdom and purity — A stone that is almost transparent and with deep green tones. While Jade with deep green tones is the most desirable, they also come in other colors such as lavender, red, orange, yellow, brown, white, black, and gray. In ancient times, Jade was so rare and valuable that only members of the Chinese Imperial family had the privileged to own these jewels.
Today, Jade is still very popular in many Asian countries. Many Chinese families still keep at least one high-quality piece of jade in their trove and is passed down through generations. Specifically, a Jade bangle is passed from mother to daughter as a rite of passage into womanhood and a symbol of a parent’s love, protection and family heritage.
Jade pieces can range from a couple hundred to millions of dollars depending on the color, transparency, and purity. Color is one of the most important factors when considering the quality, the richer the color, the higher the value. Next, determine the transparency- It could range from completely opaque to semitransparent. Jade that is completely opaque or have cloudy patches is the least desirable.
Determining Jade quality can be a confusing and daunting task. However, Ngoc Bich Jewelry in Little Saigon Chinatown District makes this whole process a breeze since they specialize in jade jewelry and is well known for their great service and affordable pricing among locals. Ngoc Bich has operated their store on South Jackson Street since 1993 and over the years have built a great reputation. They have a large collection of Jade bangles, pendants, rings, and brooch, all ranging in prices from as little as $50 for a ring to thousands for a high-quality bangle. Best of all, they will clean your jewelry for free while you browse and try on a few pieces for yourself.
Ngoc Bich Jewelry
1212 S Jackson St # A, Seattle, WA 98144