This carved pale green jade dragon on a lock is suspended in a jade baby bracelet. The lock is carved with a Chinese character. It is 2” across and drops 2” from a necklace beaded with 12 mm fancy Jasper. The Jasper ranges in color from green to rose. The necklace is 21” around and it is finished with a sterling silver clasp. This is a one-of-a-kind piece.
The dragon is the imperial emblem of the Emperors in China, especially from the from the Han period where their coat of arms shows two dragons fighting for the fiery pearl. The dragon is a supernatural creature and is the symbol of power, strength, wisdom and goodness. It represents the utmost in accomplishment: good luck and a successful life. It is also believed to be the guardian of hidden treasures. It represents the spirit of growth and change.
Called the stone of heaven, jade has worn jade for centuries by Chinese royalty. It has been used since the Neolithic times for tools, weaponry, amulets, vases and figurines because of its hardness. It is believed to be a spiritual stone and has been called the jewel of heaven. It represents the five principal virtues: charity, modesty, courage, justice and wisdom. From cloudy white to golden brown, light to dark green, to rare lavender, jade is the most highly prized Asian gemstone. Jade has been regarded as the most precious stone for thousands of years and is treasured for its magical powers. It is believed to protect the wearer and ensure good luck and good health as well as to increase life span, which is why most Asians put a jade bangle on a baby’s arm and wear jade themselves.
Jasper is an opaque variety of Chalcedony. It is found in all colors including: red, brown, pink, yellow, green, grey/white and shades of blue and purple. Jasper was a favorite gem in ancient times and is referenced in Greek, Hebrew, Assyrian and Latin literature., as well as the Bible.
Carved Green Jade Dragon, Fancy Jasper Necklace