I found these old translucent white jade pieces carved in the shape of a Chinese lock and have made them into earrings. The locks are carved on the front and back with the Chinese character for good luck and for long life. The lock is wrapped in 18k gold vermeil. They measure “across drop 1 3/8” from a 18k gold vermeil ear wire and have a lot of translucency.
Chinese royalty has worn jade for centuries. 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.
Carved Burmese Translucent White Jade Lock Drop Earrings