Jadeite, a luxurious jewelry material, is very popular all around China. In Chinese people’s mind, it is not only a great decorative material, but also good for health.
Hengchang Jewelry specializes in jadeite items: both decorative, and ornamental. According to the shop assistant, the material used by the shop comes from Burma, the largest exporter of jadeite in the world.
For the most part, the merchandise on display consists in bracelets. I also noticed some interesting rings, pendants, brooches, and necklaces. The decorative items are sculpted representations of religious figures (Kwan-yin, Buddha) and animals (Kylins - a mythical sort of lion which never lets out what it eats, and is therefore a symbol of keeping money and prosperity in China), and safety pins.
Jadeite comes in various colors: white, green, a mix of white and green. The best jadeite is ice-white and highly transparent.
Prices range from RMB 1000 to ‘astronomical figures’. The shop does not believe in discounting, but you can always bargain.
Startalent is a spacious and well-decorated jewelry shop which mainly offers diamond jewelry at moderate prices. Their marketing model is “direct from the factory”, so their prices are usually 30~40% lower than those of other diamond shops.
At the shop, delicate diamond rings and necklaces are beautifully arranged in the showcases. Diamond ore and a brief introduction to diamonds are on display, which helps customers know more about diamonds.
The shop sells three qualities of diamonds to customers: 0.30 carat (RMB 4899); 0.50 carat (RMB 9955); 1.00 carat (RMB 28800). At each level, there are a number of designs to choose amongst.
A room in the shop is devoted to jadeite: you can admire various exquisite pendants representing deities such as Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, and Pixiu, a mythical animal which swallows or collects wealth.
Each item is sold with a certificate from the China Jewelry Appraisal Center.
What customers appreciate
Wide variety of genuine diamonds and jadeites, guaranteed quality, exquisite designs, moderate prices.