Jade occupies a special place in Chinese artistic culture. Valued similar to gold in the West, the Chinese people believe it has the power to protect body and spirit. Jade has been used by the Chinese for over 4,000 years and it represents nobility, perfection, constancy, and immortality. Jade is known to have been used in ritual ceremonies in China. It was also important to daily life, believed to be of use to communicate with different spirits that inhabited the earth. Jade statues of dragons, fish, figures, temples, and other scenic items are common in businesses and residences.
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