Last week I visited an impressive shop in the eastern part of Beijing, which carried jadeite jewelry and petrified trees. The latter are a kind of precious decorations, even rarer than the former.
Mr. Wang, the shop owner, greeted me when in entered the shop. He showed me his large collection of jade and jadeite jewelry in the showcases. He explained that jadeite is harder than jade, and asked me to look at the green-colored bracelets and necklace pendants, which looked very elegant and beautiful.
He also told me that Chinese consider jade more precious than gold. Jade stands for morality and virtue. Wearing jade improves health in many ways, such as relieving vexation, nourishing the five internal organs, and unblocking blood vessels.
Looking around, I noticed some oddly shaped stones with fruity luster and colors. Mr. Wang told me they were petrified trees, which were formed naturally during the period from 355 to 65 million years ago. I almost couldn't believe my ears! Holding my breath I took a close look at one of them, and found that it was really a fossilized tree. Even though it looked like a stone, I could see its textures and growth rings on the cross section.
The shop owner said petrified trees had great archaeological values, and more importantly, they could serve as beautiful decorations at home.
What I appreciated
Jade, jadeite, petrified trees
What customers appreciate
Jadeite jewelry, petrified trees
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