These days there is an antique rush in Beijing. . Amid the chaos, a shop named Rui Ji Xiang still offers antiques and jewelry items that are hard to find anywhere else.
Antiques in the shop are highly collectible, the ages ranging from several hundred years to over one thousand years: a bronze cup, one of the shop owner's favorites, is around 2500 years old. A Ming dynasty blue-and-white bowl is around 600 years old. And a set of earrings is 300 years old. It¡¯s really amazing that the shop carries antiques from different periods of ancient China.
I had a fun time there by checking out interesting stuff.. I found a tiny pot, which turned out to be a snuff bottle. Snuff bottles were European items, so this one might have been brought to China by some European merchant or soldier.
The shop is especially for girls looking for vintage-look jewelry. It carries a nice collection of old earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings. I even noticed a pair of earrings said to have once belonged to a Mongolian princess.
The shop owner is a senior connoisseur, and shares his knowledge generously. He speaks a little English, and has received a lot of foreign customers.
What I appreciate
Rare and gorgeous antiques
What customers appreciate
Rare-to-find antiques, welcoming atmosphere
An Old Look but Never a Grandma's House
A shop featuring antiques, jade jewelry and works of art
Chinese folk handicrafts good for gifts and decoration
The art of root