Lavender is considered one the rarest colours to be found in jadeite. This alluring hue displays when trace element manganese is present whilst the jadeite forms within the depths of the earth, and the jadeite boulder transforms to possess this unusual natural purple shade.
Highly prized in Chinese culture, jadeite has had a long history as a symbol of royalty and privilege, bearing special significance as the chosen royal gem of the imperial family. Since the Tang dynasty, specific colours were used in garments and adornments to differentiate social structures. Purple being the colour only reserved for the royal family as the dye was such a rare and difficult colour to obtain. The phrase 紫衣绶带 (zĭ yī shòudài) describes purple garments being designated for only those of royal descent.
A jadeite bangle is seen as a representation of supreme status and extreme wealth. When jadeite bangles display both green and lavender hues, they are sometimes described as 春帶彩 (chūndàicăi) meaning ‘spring filled colours’. This metaphor brings forth an image of a green field in spring, blossoming with delicate hues of lavender flowers.
The two jadeite bangles offered in Lots 1739 and 1740 respectively, are wonderful examples of how two of the most desirable and rare colours of jadeite blend seamlessly together into perfect hololith bangles. Furthermore, it is likely that these two bangles would have originated from the same rough boulder, given the similarities in their qualities - both bangles possessing strong saturation and fine translucency. Either as a pair or worn individually, Lots 1739 and 1740 emanates a charmed rarity and subtle elegance of a true treasure of nature.
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