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With the importance of family in the Chinese culture, a new baby is cause for quite the celebration. Here in Canada, new Canadian Chinese parents, along with their relatives and friends, face the unique challenge of choosing which Chinese traditions to preserve while living in this country. A great Chinese baby gift combines traditional with […]

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Celebrating a birthday this month?  Happy Birthday, from Lao Feng Xiang Jewelry.  Not a Leo or Virgo?  Finding the perfect birthday gift for August babies has always been a daunting job but the Jewelers of America and the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) have expanded your options by announcing a THIRD birthstone for August!  August […]

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What Kind of Rooster are You? Different years represent different types of Roosters and personality traits. Let’s take a look… 1945, 2005 Wood Rooster Energetic, tender, over-confident and a bit unstable 1957, 2017 Fire Rooster Responsible at work, always on time, trustworthy 1909, 1969 Earth Rooster Lovely, trustworthy, generous and popular with their friends 1921, […]

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From the earliest times in China, jade was valued as the most precious material above gold, silver or any other stone.  There are two types of Jade – Jadeite & Nephrite.  There is only one type of Jadeite, while there are many kinds of nephrite, including the famous BC Jade. Modern Chinese people love jadeite. […]

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Nephrite & Jadeite, BC Jade & Chinese Jade, Just what are the differences???        Before we begin comparisons, let’s find out what Jade really is.  Jade is actually two separate gems, Nephrite and Jadeite….. The name Jade had always applied to nephrite that is until the high quality Jadeite was brought into China approximately 200 years […]

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TANZANITE When we look back in history to learn about myths and lore of a gemstone, usually we can quote ancient Egyptians or Romans…..well not with Tanzanite. The Discovery It all began with a lightning strike and grass fire…..In 1967 a prospector had heard of beautiful sapphires being discovered in northeastern Tanzania.  While searching, he […]

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Tourmaline Lore Tourmaline is a gemstone believed to increase flexibility, happiness, hope, objectivity, compassion and serenity….and if that’s not enough, it also enhances tolerance and understanding. Well October babies, you have one very special birthstone!  Tourmaline is found in an array of colors and hues, if blue is your preference there is a hue for […]

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EMERALD…..MAY’S BIRTHSTONE AND ONE OF PHAROH CLEOPATRA’S FAVORITES! Considered the gem of spring, Emerald’s beautiful blue green hue has entranced mankind for almost 3 billion years! Emerald is considered part of the “Precious Four” gemstones including Ruby, Sapphire and Diamond.  Coming from the Beryl family as Aquamarine, Emerald is a relatively hard gemstone (rated 7.5-8 […]

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TRADITIONAL CHINESE WEDDINGS Traditional wedding customs go back to ancient times and can vary from region to region, village to village and also family status and wealth within a community.  Before modern times, women were not allowed to choose the person they married. Instead, the family of the bride picked the prospective husband. There are […]

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April, you’re the month when the warmth of spring is in the air.  It’s not only joyous for this reason but who can resist the playfulness that is April Fool’s Day! This month, around the world we also celebrate Earth Day and Buddha’s Birthday to name a few special days.  However there’s one more really […]

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Part of the beryl family and closely related to emeralds, the birthstone for March is the Aquamarine.

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