Jade， natural hardstone attaining its merits admired by our ancestors for generations， is in general translucent， of fine quality and elegant in color. Jade is sincerely considered only by Chinese to be the symbol of purity and goodliness and to be a representation of dignity and holiness. It is personified yet supernatural. It has blended profoundly into Chinese traditional culture， etiquette and custom.
Skillful craftsmen from different dynasties craved jade into various utensils and artworks that were normally given to contexts beyond their forms. Jade might be used as a sacrifice to worship God， as a kind of accouterment to show one’s status and moral， as objects accompanying dead to signify immortality， as symbols to show wealth， and also as articles for daily use with joys.