3545 – Nephrite jade necklace belonging to Julia Pearce
- Physical description:
- Necklace of flat polished pieces of nephrite jade, slightly graduated, in a variety of shades of green. The stones are separated by knots in the thread.
- Museum classification:
- Modern Witchcraft
- 440mm long, 20mm deep at centre.
Part of a collection of gemstone jewellery 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.)
- Nephrite jade, metal, thread