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Last Emperor Vintage Jade Earrings

$95.00 Sale Price:   $48.99

Price: $95.00 Sale Price:   $48.99

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These elegant earrings feature 90-year-old jade buttons from the time of the rule of Puyi, China's ''last emperor.'' Bezel-set in 24-karat gold vermeil (an 18th-century French term for gold-plated sterling silver), they feature dangling tiers of cultured freshwater pearls. Wear an evocative piece of history that symbolizes the end of an era from nearly one century ago. As these are handmade by artisans using vintage buttons, each will vary.


Handmade in China. 24-karat gold vermeil with vintage jade buttons. 2"L.


Please accept minor variations in the patterns and shade of these vintage jade buttons.


Jade has been used in China since Neolithic times, as weapons and other utilitarian items as well as ceremonial emblems. The Chinese word for jade is most often translated as yü, although that term can mean any number of precious stones. In fact, more than one type of stone is rightfully called jade, with nephrite being considered ''true jade,'' and a softer stone, jadeite, being considered an equally high quality substitute.


The ancients depicted heaven with a perforated jade disk, through which it was believed that the emperor could commune with the gods. For the average man, jade represented excellence and purity. Alchemists tried to produce a potion from ground jade—the elixir of life—that would grant immortality.


In Confucius's 2nd century ''Book of Rites,'' Li-Ki, he writes, ''In ancient times, men found the likeness of all excellent qualities in jade. Soft, smooth, and strong—like intelligence; angular, but not sharp and cutting—like righteousness; ...when struck, yielding a note, clear and prolonged, yet terminating abruptly—like music; its flaws not concealing its beauty, nor its beauty concealing its flaws—like loyalty; with an internal radiance issuing from it on every side—like good faith…"


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Last Emperor Vintage Jade Earrings
 
4.1

(based on 7 reviews)

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86%

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Pros

  • Beautiful (6)
  • Good length (5)
  • Good quality (5)
  • Stylish (5)
  • Unique (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Dates / night out (6)
    • Everyday (6)
    • Formal occasions (6)
    • Office (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Classic style (7), Comfort-oriented (5), Career (4), Practical (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beautiful!

    By Char-Ming

    from Columbia, SC

    About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Beautiful
    • Good Length
    • Good Quality
    • Stylish
    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday
      • Formal Occasions
      • Night Out

      Comments about Last Emperor Vintage Jade Earrings:

      These earrings far exceeded my expectations. The color of the jade is gorgeous, the workmanship is excellent. They are not heavy. I have been traveling to China for the past twenty years and have collected many jade pieces. I have never seen anything like these in my years of travel.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      So different

      By Janie who LOVES earrings

      from Forest Ranch, CA

      About Me Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Beautiful
      • Good Length
      • Good Quality
      • Stylish
      • Unique
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday
        • Formal Occasions
        • Night Out
        • Office
        • Travel

        Comments about Last Emperor Vintage Jade Earrings:

        These earrings are so different! Each jade button has a different face on it! They are a good length, a little on the heavy side, but quite distinctive and beautiful! I tend to wear dangly earrings where ever I am and find that these can go from work to play to night wear.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Just Beautiful!

        By Janie who LOVES earrings

        from Forest Ranch, CA

        About Me Classic, Comfort-Oriented

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Beautiful
        • Good Length
        • Good Quality
        • Stylish
        • Unique
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday
          • Formal Occasions
          • Night Out
          • Office
          • Travel

          Comments about Last Emperor Vintage Jade Earrings:

          I LOVE these earrings. As advertised, the "button" is slightly different, each with their own Buddha face. The post seems a little fragile, but otherwise, the earring is beautifully made and a true delight to the senses!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          2nd pair

          By Anonymouse

          from LA

          About Me Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Practical, Stylish

          Pros

          • Beautiful
          • Good Length
          • Unique
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Size design different

          Best Uses

          • Everyday
          • Formal Occasions
          • Night Out
          • Office

          Comments about Last Emperor Vintage Jade Earrings:

          I loved my first pair and wore them all the time until they were stolen. I ordered a second pair and was a bit disappointed. They are smaller now and no longer have the Buddha image on the jade coins. I still love them, but not as much as the original pair.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Great find. Love the earrings

          By Shari

          from Englewood, CO

          About Me Classic

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beautiful
          • Good Quality
          • Stylish

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday
            • Formal Occasions
            • Night Out

            Comments about Last Emperor Vintage Jade Earrings:

            wear them for everyday wear. they look classic and beautiful

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Last Emperor Vintage Jade Earrings

            By Senseischnauzer

            from Georgia

            About Me Career, Classic, Comfort-Oriented, Modern, Practical, Stylish

            Pros

            • Beautiful
            • Good Length
            • Good Quality
            • Lovely
            • Perfect Gift
            • Stylish
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday
              • Formal Occasions
              • Night Out
              • Office
              • Versatile

              Comments about Last Emperor Vintage Jade Earrings:

              Quality Jade Button Earrings are difficult to find.Purchased for myself.

              (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Poor quality and not as shown in catalog

              By Slightly disappointed

              from Reston

              About Me Career, Classic

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Broken
                • Not as shown in catalog
                • Poor Workmanship

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Last Emperor Vintage Jade Earrings:

                  Item arrived this afternoon. Was disappointed that the earring was poorly packed. Upon closer inspection, one of the studs was already broken and it could not be worn. Also, the "jade" was not as shown in the picture/catalog. The quality is poor. [...]

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