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Period: Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Dimensions: Inner diameter: 1.6 cm; outer diameter 2 cm; width 1.1 cm

This jadeite ring has a 'Baohua Pure Gold' (Baohua zujin) seal mark on its inner side. It was produced by the Baohua workshop—the same jeweler who made another ring (Accession No.: Gu00009698) in the Palace Museum collection. The rings are similar in appearance and were likely crafted around the same time. The jadeite used in this ring was not popular in early-Qing jewelry but was prevalent during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1736–1795). In the late-Qing period (Qing dynasty, 1644–1911), its value increased, and luxurious jewelry was made with the stone. The inner band is made of gold while the jadeite serves as the outer band. This cut of jadeite has an opulent, even hue of green. In the modern age, many casual observers neglect jadeite’s high degree of transparency as the brilliant green color draws one’s attention. This pleasing shade of green makes for an ideal piece of jewelry.

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