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Still looking for that special present?
Come and take a look at our collectible jewellery, they are unique and one of kind.

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Besides jewellery we have other items that would make great presents, come and take a look!

12 Wo On Lane, Central, Hong Kong.
Monday – Saturday 10:00-18:30

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This delicate gold plated carving used to be a hat decoration.  Until the Qing dynasty hat was seen as a status symbol, worn by only the Emperor and the high ranking officials, commoners are forbidden to wear hats and usual tie their hair with a piece of cloth.  It was until the Qing dynasty that hats became an item for all, though their style and details are still well defined by the social levels.  On its hundredth day birthday, a baby would be given a hat which is constructed a bit like the beach ball, bind by 6 equal wedges of cloth.  The 6s represented the sky, the earth and the four directions.  On this hat a decorative ornament would be place over the forehead, an ornament of good wishes; the eight immortals, longevity, luo han, etc.

This particular decoration has the theme of a Zhuang Yuan, the scholar who came top in the examination.
A wish for scholarly, prosperity, loyalty to the country, everything parents would wish for their child.

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These fine strings which looks like rice noodles are hand woven strings.
Click on the photo and you can see the details of the knots carefully tied together.

The jade pendant of the necklace came from the form of an ancient head piece.

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 A beautiful jade carving pendant of a Tao Tie with a yu bi hanging from his mouth.

According to the book Sheng An Wai Ji, the poet Yang Seng, described the nine sons of the dragon, Tao Tie is one of them.  They are;

Bi Xi, one who like carrying heavy stuff and often found with a stone tablet on his back.
Chi Wen, one who enjoys the vista, often found one the ridges of buildings.
Pu Lao, love music, found on bells.
Bi An, one who hates criminals, found on the lintel of the prison.
Tao Tie, one who loves to eat, found on lids and the side of cauldrons; sometimes found on the middle of the beam, it is believed that he can drank all the water and keep the flood away.
Gong Fu, love to play with water, found on bridges.
Ya Zi, a fierce creature with weapons.
Suan Ni, loves smoky fire, found on the lid of incense burner.
Jiao Tu, hates trespassers, oftern found on the main door.

This mythical creature, the fifth son of the dragon, is one who loves to eat made a perfect ornament for festive season.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADIA140mm, China

A  hetian jade butterfly pendant on beautifully hand woven necklace.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADIA130mm, China

The pendant is of a different version of the Ye Le Li featured earlier in the blog.  Ye Le Li was used as a status identification object, a decoration that is hang by the waist.

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A matching pair of ear rings that goes with the Miao neckwear on yesterday’s blog.  This pair of ear rings are also an assemblage of the accessories found on the Miao’s costume.

The ear rings look like a pair of Miao dancers.  Here is a video of the Miao dancers wearing costumes with accessories (but I am sure your eyes will be focus on the sweet little girl dancing along on the left)

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADIA140mm, China

This neckware is an assemblage of different accessories found on the Miao tribal costume.  The lower part of the neckware can be taken off for a different look.

The Miao’s jewellery has always been a collector’s item.  This new design made the Miao accessories more wearable with today’s fashion.

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 Yu Bi is a form of jade that is used for ceremony, like the jade huang it is one of the 6 forms of jade that is used for ritual ceremony and later identification.  Yu Bi generally describes a piece of circular jade with a hole in the middle, as they sometimes come with pattern, this particular would be known as a Su (plain) Yu Bi, its being raised up in the center is known as a collar hence You Ling (collar) Su Yu Bi.   This form of Yu Bi was for the late Shang dynasty, like the iphone in the 20th century, it was an high tech object, a status symbol that became so popular that it can be found in various parts of China.

This is Emporer Qian Long’s favourite, he wrote several poems about it and asked for the poem to be engraved onto the jade.  The item is now part of the British Museum Collection.

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A pair of jade bats.
The Chinese believes that bats symbolizes blessing, 2 bats, double blessing.
The word for bat is 蝠 ( fu), which sound like the word for blessing, 福 (fu)

Personally, I think they are the sweetest bats, perhaps second to this … wait to see it even yawns!

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