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I've mentioned this before but I don't think I've written a whole journal entry dedicated to it. I'm cursed with a good memory, but I think the curse may be lifting with age =)

I wear a one-piece, perfect round, apple jade bangle/bracelet (like this one). It's such stereotypical Chinese woman jewelry, usually associated with older, married women. I've always loved the permanence of them.

They look best when they're as small as possible so as to barely fit over your hand when it's in that elongated duck shape. It can sit closer to your wrist that way. You can get away with a smaller one if it has a flattened inner surface (扁鐲 style), but those don't look good on me.

The practicality of having it as small as possible is so it doesn't fall off while you're walking or randomly swing your hand around. Ideally, they should be impossible to put on and take off without soap and water. Humans actually flail quite wildly (like Stan, the Previously Owned Vessels/Coffin salesman in The Secret of Monkey Island I*** XD) You'd never have known how limbs-a-kimbo you really are until you have something on that can't fall off =)

When my Aunt (姨媽, my mother's elder sister) immigrated to Canada, she brought a lavendar jade one for me from China. It was a bit big, but I still needed to use soap and water to put it on or take it off. I put it on and didn't take it off for years.

I finally took it off when I got my apple jade one. It was sort of a Coming of Age thing.

The lady at the Chinese jewelry store did this kind of thing all the time, she just casually kept talking to my Mom while she went into the back to get a basin of warm water and a bottle of handsoap. She tells me to put my left hand in, lathers me up and tells me to make an elongated duck shape pointed at the sky with my elbow on her glass counter top. This, she says, will make the blood and fluids flow away from my hand to make it easier to slip in.

The bracelet is ridiculously small. The inner diametre is approximately 1 7/8" (4.75cm), but the lady said it would go in just fine and it would look better than the bigger one because my limbs were so tiny. It bruised my hand in three places and actually broke skin on the way in, even with the soap.

That was a bit overboard, but by the time we realized it was a might small, it was already half way in. It would have been just as bad to pull it back out. And she wasn't giving up on the sale. I'm sure she was having problems selling the smaller ones, so she wanted desparately for this one to work on me.

It finally did pop in. She helped me rinse and towel off my arm. I was wearing a t-shirt, so that was fine. And then she hauls out a bucket of bottled liquid medicines, the smelly stuff that you rub on sore muscles and wounds and what-not.

She massaged the bruised spots with some liquid rub for quite a while. She said this would make it heal faster and more traceless (??) O_o All the while, she was spouting funny Chinese Lady Nonsense™ about "妹妹這麼會忍痛, 一定會很有福氣" and on and on... =D =D All about how well I could endure pain and it was a sure sign that I would come into fortune and prosperity, blah, blah, blah... XD I was just too stunned by the whole ordeal, I let her do whatever.

My left hand puffed up the day after, but the swelling started going down in the evening and disappeared over the next week.

But it's on, my hand is fine, I love it, I've had it on for going on five years... um, more like ten years now and it's SO not coming off =}

I've never thought that green jade bracelets look out of place with any outfit or any other accessories. Good quality jade goes with everything: the wood-ish look of bodhi seed, with diamonds, gold and silver. I guess it's a cultural thing; I'm used to seeing jade fitting in with any colour, texture of fabric, any style of clothing and any type of jewelry.

*** Especially for my dear kvance: the Title Theme in all its MIDI splendor (and more here; edit the "game=n" in the URL to get at the soundtracks of all the sequels). Enjoy! =D


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Oct. 28th, 2005 05:40 am (UTC)
I should mention that to me, that entry parsed like she was spouting funny Chinese Lady Nonsense™ about "jlasdflnasdflnfasdnl" (strangely enough in qwerty, not dvorak). Nonsense being a funny choice of word... in my internal voice, I didn't just skip the Chinese phrase, but actually rendered it as nonsense. Power of language :D

I first heard the linked rendition of the Monkey Island 1 theme on nectarine. All digital samples? Whaaaaaa? But hey, the amiga didn't have a teeny synthesizer. I originally heard the tune belted out from the OPL2 on my soundblaster. Not without a certain... high frequencied charm. Later on, I heard the nice midified version through the REAL WAVETABLE SOUND of an Orchid SoundWave 32. Probably pretty crummy in comparison to the device they truly intended, the Roland MT-32.
Oct. 28th, 2005 06:36 am (UTC)
Hahaha! =D

When I first played it, I had nothing but the PC speakers (blut-blootblootblootbloot-blutblut-blootblootblootbloot... etc.). I SO wish I can get a sample of that for old time's sake =)
Oct. 28th, 2005 08:25 am (UTC)
This may sound -awful-, and I don't mean it that way, but I really love it when you post about your heritage and/or spirituality.

I have a lovely jade necklace and earring set that a friend of mine bought me years ago and I've never worn. It's currently sitting next to my teapot display in the kitchen. I should be so ashamed. :{
Oct. 28th, 2005 04:15 pm (UTC)
That doesn't sound awful to me =) And thanks =)
Oct. 28th, 2005 12:04 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a beautiful piece, although a little violent :/
Oct. 30th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
Heh =) Usually, they should just slip in easily with soap and water. That was just bananas =D
Oct. 28th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
I went through that in a little shop in Yunnan with a beautiful burmese jade piece, so the bracelet was a white with bands of a deep forest green color. I loved that bracelet. I had one, and I bought one for my boyfriend at the time's mom.

My bracelet only lasted 6 months, but sure enough, it saved me from breaking my arm and cracking my head open in Hefei. I still have the two half-moon pieces, as I can't bear to part with it.

In the meantime, I've picked up another more apple colored piece that I like a lot, but I can't bear to wear it around the smelly ethanol I work with as I'm terrified of stripping it, of course, I'm terrified of stripping it in the over-chlorinated water around here anyway, so I only wear it sometimes, though I am tempted to try and wear it more often now.

I also have some pieces of Fei Cui that I really like on necklaces, my favorite is actually the smallest, and it's a simple bat image with a peach on the reverse.
Oct. 28th, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
I still have the two half-moon pieces, as I can't bear to part with it.

Aack! I told my husband that if anything happened to me and I end up in ER, unconscious, then tell them to cut it off, but keep the pieces. I can always have it fitted with gold clasps (like this).

I used to wear a little round circle/hoop just on a 24K gold chain around my neck and my friends used to laugh that it was a worn down lifesaver candy =D
Oct. 28th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
that is a fantastic idea, I'll have to look for someone who can do this around here, or maybe wait until I'm back in china next summer... though to be honest, I'd rather have silver than gold, or white gold (but not platinum... too expensive no matter where).
Oct. 29th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)
good jade is supposed to save you from danger...

or am i confusing it with something else :P
Oct. 29th, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)
and i meant to say...after saving you from danger it breaks into pieces and loses it's power
Oct. 28th, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
I've always liked those but now I'll look with a new appreciation - what a commitment! :)
Oct. 30th, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
Heh =) Usually, they should just slip in easily with soap and water. That was just bananas =D
Oct. 30th, 2005 08:52 pm (UTC)
That reminded me of when my sister and I went to a friend of mine's house. His mother had a bunch of jewlrey and was giving us some. She kept giving us different pieces, finally forcing this bracelet on my sister's wrist. Turns out it was an earring - but by then she was bleeding. :)
Oct. 30th, 2005 11:16 pm (UTC)
=O Ooooowwww....
Oct. 28th, 2005 02:09 pm (UTC)
Happy early birthday to one of my favorite LJers!

Oct. 28th, 2005 04:23 pm (UTC)
Thanks! =D
Oct. 28th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
I've thought a lot about getting a bracelet like this; metal ones tend to irritate my skin, but jade should be just fine. I hardly ever change my jewelry anyways.

I almost always wear a jade pendant (carved like a beetle or something) that was given to me by an aunt when I was born. Something about the way jade feels is just so nice.
Oct. 28th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)


May. 4th, 2008 11:43 am (UTC)
I did the same thing
I have a small black jade bangle on my left wrist. It has been there for the last 4 months. This happened while I was at the nail salon with my wife. I commented on the jades they had on and how much I liked it. The lady told me that she had a man black one. I was thinking since when is a bangle for a man? Like you I told her to try it and it hurt like &*(&^*. Long story short I understand fully your pain. I like it but sometimes want it off. It annoys me from time to time but I cannot bring myself to break it so I try to forget it is there during those times.
Thanks for posting that and take care.
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