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Chinese Hand Carved White Jade Bangle

Every collector searches for some of the rare pieces that have seen in auction catalogs or reference books… pieces they would love to own… I have been searching for this 19th century white jade bangle for 6 or 7 years … and finally found it.


[ click on images to enlarge …. photos by: RP (Bob) Birt ]

In the digital age, anyone can go online on multiple web sites and find thousands of new jade bangles for sale at low prices. But the new bangles are all made recently with diamond bits and dremals or dental drills. This bangle was hand carved in the early 19th century using the classical ‘treadle’ techniques.


The antique bangle excites my imagination… the story of a culture dedicated to the pursuit of beauty.

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One Comment

  1. angela
    Posted June 20, 2012 at 2:51 am | Permalink

    Dear Susan

    The cigarette can is amazing. I heard from older people that in the old days, the Chinese used the jade bangles to make into a can to hold cigarettes but this is the first time i saw it. I also have an ash tray, dragon head, tortoise body, silver and cloissione, with a jade bangle where you can leave the cigarette while you are not smoking. I like to show it to you. How can i send the picture.


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