Let’s have an easy word this time!
玉 (yù) is another word based on the ideogram for king, 王 (wáng). The only difference is, there’s a tiny dot on its lower right side, which resembles an amulet on the king’s gown.
The oldest form of 玉 displays a chain full of shining jade stones. Considered the most precious of gems, Chinese noblemen use to wear them as pendants on their clothes.
In ancient China, jade was associated with many human characteristics: With the warmth of its glow, people recalled kindness; with its soft interior, they saw righteousness; with its tranquil and high tone, wisdom; with its well-defined but smooth edges, bravery.
Did you notice that some of our dancers’ dresses are adorned with jade pendants?