- Description: Lantian Jade is mined in Lantian Xian county of the Shaanxi province of central China. Lantian Jade known for its light green to pale yellow color was primarily used up until the Han Dynasty (206 BC -
Lantian Jade is mined in Lantian Xian county of the Shaanxi province of central China. Lantian Jade known for its light green to pale yellow color was primarily used up until the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD), when Hetian jade became increasingly popular.
Lantian jade carving is native to Lantian County, Shaanxi Province, which is celebrated at all times and all over the world for its long history, fine engraving and the beautiful ornamental mould.
The texture of the Lantian Jade is hard and close-grained. The jade usually with multicolor, it touches gentle and shone with every hue in the light. The composition of the Lantian Jade ore includes some sedimentary strata such as the ophiolite, tremolite, peridot, kallaite, dolerite and brucite etc. Its chemical composition includes sionox, alumina, magnesia sodium oxide, calcia, cupric oxide, and bengala. Its Mohs hardness ranges from 2 to 6 so this is a very good material for jade carving.
The jade wares made of the Lantian jade shone with jade green, look crystal and filled with verve.
According to physicochemical assay, there are many microelements conduce to human in the Lantian Jade e.g. calcium, iron, potassium, natrium, manganese, cuprum etc. Lantian Jade is deemed as the health protection jade because it is not only stimulate the circulation of the blood and cause the muscles and joints to relax, but also keep youthfulness and strengthen the body. If a person often girds a piece of jade or wears a jade bracelet, the microelements will be intaken by the body via his or her skin, and therefore reaches a balance in yin and yang and Qi and blood (a term of TCM), and brings on health care, preventing from diseases and lengthening people's life.
The jade wares made of the Lantian jade shone with jade green, look crystal and filled with verve. Their shapes are diverse, some like dark green pine trees and green cypress trees, some like a school of fishes swimming in the water, some like blossoming peony, some like flowering chrysanthemum, some like panda biting bamboo, or a tiger howling in the valley, or a flying crane...
Now the Lantian Jade Carvings are very popular with the home and foreign consumers, they have been found in many jade articles stores in Xi'an and the markets in the western countries.