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( chinadaily.com.cn )
Jade has the status of royalty and fortune in Chinese tradition for 5,000 years. It is the symbol of the emperors, and can be found on many of their tombs from thousands of years ago, and in the artifacts inside the tombs, as it was thought to offer preservation after death.
It is commonly seen as a symbol of love and virtue as well as something precious. Jade or "Yu" in China is of similar wealth to gold in the West, and is a greatly admired status symbol.