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Genuine Dyed Jade Bi-Disk Earrings
Item #42386
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These elegant dangle earrings are shaped like ancient jade bi-disks, whose circular shape symbolized heaven. The disks and the beads from which they dangle are genuine jade with the disks dyed (as has been the practice for thousands of years) to enhance their rich green color. Gold-filled accent beads. Gold-plated earwires. Made in the U.S.A. Natural variations will occur.
The National Gem Collection at our National Museum of Natural History curates jadeite and nephrite, two different minerals that are called jade. The most prized jade artifacts include a pendant necklace and dragon vase of carved jadeite and bowls and a perfume bottle carved nephrite.

Our Freer Gallery of Art curates an extensive collection of jade bi-disks—many from the Liangzhu culture (ca. 3300-ca. 2250 BCE). A gift to the nation from Charles Lang Freer, the Freer Gallery contains the world's most important collections of Asian art.
2"l. Gold-plated earwires.
Jade is a general name for two different minerals—jadeite and nephrite. Though nearly identical in appearance, jadeite and nephrite have distinctly different mineral compositions. Rarer jadeite is usually a vivid green, but can also be lavender, red, orange, yellow, brown, white, black or gray. Nephrite ranges from creamy white to green to almost black. In Chinese culture, jade is believed to symbolize nobility, perfection and immortality.

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