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Basically I have a great influence by Chinese culture and also I like to discovery many traditional things so I choice jade for my topic Jade is not an ordinary stone Not only it has a mystical background but also it has deep historical and cultural influence in Chinese society There are many legends about jades origin according to the famous one China was invaded by the Tartar barbarians the Imperial Dragon shed tears of sorrow and these tears petrified into jade Also ancient jades were usually carved into many different kinds of Buddha people often wear different jades to protect themselves or identify their social class During my researching I discovered there are many things about jade that I dont even know before Jade is a kind of stone with transparent body and lustrous character According to Masterworks of Chinese Jade in the National palace museum there are two types of jade Mineralogists divide jade into two kinds nephrite the commonly seen white blue green yellow dark green black jade Jadeite is slightly different in color by its bright green color fei-tsui is another name for jadeite to be referred to Fu-tsung 197374 Ordinarily jade exists in Southwest and Northwest China nephrite exists in Sinkiang and jadeite was found in Yunnan Jade is too hard to be cut by ordinary metals also it is very difficult to carve into objects For thousand of years Chinese ancestor had tried to use very simple tools to make it an extraordinary art piece The method of carving jade was developed from carving stone After the use of stone artifacts had become more impractical the ancients were not willing to destroy them In order to preserve those memorial stones they selected jade as material to imitate those stone ax and sickle to become a memento to be worshipped In ancient Chinese jade were often used for politic ceremony and decoration There are three kinds of jade
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