Women worldwide are drawn to jewelry that shines. But how women approach jewelry cleaning varies from place to place, because different cultures admire different varieties of jewelry.
With Chinese New Year upon us, it’s the perfect time to take a look at the jewelry most beloved in the Chinese market and – of course – how to clean it.
Gold is a precious metal worldwide, but China has become the world’s largest gold market. In China, gold is associated with purity, beauty and power. Gold is most commonly used in Chinese wedding jewelry, but as the middle class grows, there is more demand for gold bangles and motif pieces.
The Chinese culture has adored jade for millennia. It is known as the royal stone, the Imperial Gem, acting as a symbol of status, purity, health and spirituality.
A Chinese proverb states that “Gold has a price; jade is priceless.” The demand for this precious stone has only grown, and Jade is comparable to diamond and gold in the west, some pieces fetching $3,000 or more!
The Chinese discovered the luminescent pearl when diving for food millennia ago. Pearls have been integral to Chinese culture, featured in beautiful jewelry and said to represent purity.
In fact, a gift of pearl jewelry was given to Chinese royalty as early as 2300 BC. The Chinese were also the first to develop cultured pearls almost a 1000 years ago.
In China, gold is associated with purity, beauty and power. Gold is most commonly used in Chinese wedding jewelry, but as the middle class grows, there is more demand for gold bangles and motif pieces.
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