3617 – Jade Egg belonging to Julia Pearce

Physical description:
An egg-shape of pale green jade, beautifully hand painted with a design of a bird and flowers.
Museum classification:
Modern Witchcraft
60 x 40 x 40

Part of a collection of gemstone objects that belonged to Julia Pearce. She also had several books on the magical and healing properties of crystals and gemstones, now in the museum library.

Jade is highly valued in many cultures for its magical and spiritual significance as well as its beauty. In China there is a saying, "Gold is valuable, but jade is priceless." Many Chinese people wear jade bangles as amulets, even believing that if they have an accident the bangle will protect them by breaking, taking onto itself the injury they would have suffered. (Information from the Aljazeera programme 'Myanmar's Jade Curse', part of the '101 East' series.)