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Why You Should Consider Incorporating Jade into Your Wedding Day


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Greetings Wedding Scoopers! We’re here today to tell you that jade isn’t just for elderly grandmothers. This precious gemstone has a rich history and privileged heritage, and its cultural importance stretches back thousands of years. If you’re getting married, it’s worth considering incorporating jade into your wedding day jewellery, and with contemporary designs like these, it can form part of your daily-wear too.

In today’s feature, we’re going to give you a quick primer on what jade is all about, and why you should incorporate it into your wedding day. If you’re interested in buying jade for your wedding day, or even daily use, check out Choo Yilin Fine Jewellery – an award-winning jewellery designer from Singapore who’s one of the few jewellers specializing in contemporary jade jewellery.

What is jade?
“Jade” is the common name for two types of materials, both recognized as the gemstone “jade” – nephrite jade and jadeite. They have different mineral and chemical compositions.

Nephrite jade is mostly green and grey (but occasionally brown, yellow, or white) and has a waxy and smooth sheen with a fibrous crystalline structure.


Photo via AgeTrail Stones and Fossils

Jadeite typically ranges from white to the famous deep “jade green”, but can also come in a variety of other colours such as lavender, red, orange, pink, and blue. Jadeite is lustrous with spots of colour, and is often used in more expensive jade jewellery.

The rich history of jade
Nephrite jade and jadeite have been valuable stones since the early Neolithic period, and the use of jade in China and Japan dates back thousands of years when this hard mineral was worked into weapons, tools, ritual objects, and ornaments. From the late 18th to 19th century, China with its long and rich tradition of gem-carving, represented the pinnacle of jade workmanship, producing ornaments and jewellery of unrivalled artistry and technical mastery.


Nephrite jade basin from Qing dynasty with poem inscription by Qianlong emperor, 1774 (Photo via the Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Cultural heritage
This prized material has long been used in Chinese culture to link the material human form to the spiritual, the present to the eternal.

There are numerous examples of this, from the Empress Dowager Cixi massaging her face with jade every day for good health and longevity, to the use of jade discs (often with a hole in the center) to symbolize heaven.


Choo Yilin Camellia Flower Studs with light green jade discs

In Chinese culture, jade is believed by some to be a living thing that protects and heals the spirit and body, chipping or breaking when it takes the brunt of an injury that its wearer would otherwise bear.

There are also Chinese sayings relating to jade, such as “Gold has a value; jade is invaluable”, which indicate the high value that Chinese culture has imputed to this lustrous gem.

Perhaps the strongest testament to the value of jade in Chinese culture is the fact that Confucius wrote an entire thesis expounding on what he deemed the eleven virtues embodied by jade: benevolence, knowledge, righteousness, good rites symbolized by respect, modesty and politeness to all, happiness, loyalty, inner and outer beauty symbolizing credit to the wearer, an attitude as positive as the heavens, a spirit as noble as the earth, virtue, and wisdom – beautiful guiding values for a couple to bring on their new journey together through married life.

Choo Yilin is one of the few jewellers specializing in the use of jade in weddings. Choo Yilin’s signature Si Dian Jin wedding jewellery sets use premium Type A Burmese Jadeite, delicate floral-themed metalwork, and gemstone accents to give the modern bride a new way of paying tribute to her cultural heritage on her wedding day, while keeping each piece contemporary enough to be worn over and over again as daily-wear. Bonus: traditional family members will love it!

A great real-life example of this is beautiful blogger-bride Sherlyn Chan, who wore Choo Yilin’s signature jade pieces on her wedding day!

Here’s what Sherlyn had to say about why she chose Choo Yilin’s jade jewellery for her big day:

Sherlyn: "I picked jade pieces from Choo Yilin for my wedding day to stay true to my Chinese roots. These days, there is great emphasis on contemporary wedding styles and hence, the erosion of traditional practices. I must admit that I omitted many such traditions myself!

However, to honour our grandparents and parents, my husband and I kept the tea ceremony tradition. It was then that I wore a cheongsam and accessorised with exquisite jewellery from Choo Yilin.

Even though there is great appeal to modernity, I feel that wedding styles steeped in heritage and tradition possess their own charm. Embracing my Chinese culture was my little way of showing respect to my parents.

Choo Yilin best represented my sentiment for its authenticity. Coupled with the sophistication its jewellery exuded, I received a lot of compliments during my tea ceremony from relatives and family friends."

More jade-spiration for your wedding planning:

 

We hope you’ve gained a new appreciation for this historied verdant gemstone and feel inspired to think about incorporating it into your wedding jewellery!

 

{Choo Yilin’s jade Si Dian Jin jewellery sets are available at their boutique at #02-03 Mandarin Gallery. Alternatively, you can find them online here.}

 

 

Vendor Information
Jewellery: Choo Yilin Fine Jewellery
Sherlyn’s wedding photography: Pixioo

 

{This feature is brought to you in collaboration with Choo Yilin Fine Jewellery.}