These fleur de lis lilac dangles is an original design by AlterNatives Boutique, created by incorporating a newly discovered shade of jade known as lavender or lilac jade. Handcrafted in Guatemala where Maya jadeite is native. This stone carries it's own uniqueness through its journey to discovery and history.
Lilac Jadeite Jade, (Slight color variations of purple & blue hues may happen)
Height: 7 cm
Wire Length: 4 cm
For most people, the word “Jade” evokes an image of prestigious Chinese emperors or princesses and is sometimes referred to as the Eastern Diamond. However, few people realize the rich jade history of the Americas, even more. The name Jade is originally derived from the Spanish term "Piedra de Ijada", loin-stone, jade having been recognized by the Maya as a remedy for kidney ailments. To the Pre-Columbian people of Mesoamerica, specially the Maya, the "Ya’ax Chich" or Jade meant life, fertility, and power; it was revered above gold. The Cosmology of the Maya narrates that in the beginning, 3 stones were set by the Maize God, to rise the world. Since the preclassic, it is very common to find pottery containing 3 Jade stones, in elite tombs. As well as the association of the aristocracy with the brighter greens indicated that they valued jade above all other materials. Just as bright green jade was reserved for Chinese emperors, in Mesoamerica, bright green jadeite was reserved for kings and royalty. As an example of its desirability, the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés was given four jade beads as tribute by Aztec leader Moctezuma, with the counsel that each bead was worth two loads of gold. The Spanish conquistadores, lusting only for gold, dismissed these treasures as nothing more than green rocks. the following objects were made of jadeite by the ancient Maya: beads (plain and carved), pendants, pectorals, "sawn into thin flat plates prior to shaping", ear flares, buttons, celts, spangles, inlays, mosaics (e.g., mosaic masks), and plaques.