Lecture • Jade: China's Gift to the World • Tucson • 29 January 2023

by E. Billie Hughes
Jade: China's Gift to the World

Richard Hughes examines the historical sources of jade, along with the remarkable renaissance in Chinese jade carving that has occured since the 1990s.

Jade: China's Gift to the World

by Lotus Gemology's Richard Hughes

Jade has been treasured by the Chinese for some 8,000 years. Yù (玉), the Chinese word for jade, is one of the oldest in the Chinese language; its pictograph is distinguished from that for “ruler” only by one dot. Outside of China, people generally think of jade as the jadeite jade from Burma, where the finest quality is a vivid green. Within China, however, jade is a stone of an entirely different character, with the finest quality being white. Lotus Gemology’s Richard Hughes has been studying jade since he first visited Burma at age 19. He will offer a brief survey of the places jadeite and nephrite come from and then delve into the real Chinese jade, the true “Stone of Heaven.”

Following the lecture, Richard will be signing copies of his latest book, Jade • A Gemologist's Guide.

Sunday, 29 January 2023, 8:30 AM

NAJA's 59th Annual Winter Education Conference
Tucson Convention Center, Maricopa Room
260 South Church Avenue

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