FREE PRIORITY INSURED SHIPPING. SIGNATURE PHOENIX DESIGN BY MING'S OF HAWAII© CREATED USING ORIGINAL MING'S HONOLULU INC. (1950s-1970s) JADE STOCK. I am truly Proud and Honored to offer you the Newly-Inspired 18k Gold Line and the Classic Pierced Gold Jewelry Line of Exclusive Designs, authentically created by Ming's of Hawaii©. The name "Ming's", has achieved worldwide recognition as a cultural icon originating in Hawaii since the 1940s. From its early beginnings of spectacular hand-carved ivory and jade pieces, to stunning Hawaiian motifs crafted in sterling silver and gold, and the highly desired pierced gold designs, all of Ming's creations demanded exacting details. Each and every individual, hand-created "work-of-art" was unique, exquisite, and breathtakingly gorgeous. After closing its last door in 1999, the legacy that Ming's left us with will never be forgotten. However, today, Ming’s of Hawaii© has definitely re-energized itself from a 10-year sabbatical to reintroduce and resume those same traditionally unforgettable Heritage designs that only Ming's was known for. Just take a look over each brand new piece being offered. Embrace and welcome the skilled works of craftsmanship you likely have never seen before in many other jewelry lines, and appreciate how Ming's history of integrity, high quality of standards, and superb attention-to-detail has maintained itself throughout this time. With these set qualifications in mind, and for those of you who remember growing up and seeing your father always giving your mother gifts of Ming's jewelry on special occasions, I truly believe you can rediscover and reward yourself with a "Ming's" to cherish for your very own. The
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NOTES: The Shell and Card Ad in Item's Picture Are Used for Display Purposes Only and Are Not Included. Brand New, Never Used Hawaiian 18k Gold French Hook Wire Jadeite Earrings. 100% Solid 18k Yellow Gold (Not Plated, Not Bonded, Not Filled) With Original Ming's Honolulu Hand-Carved Natural Ice Jadeite (Not Enhanced) and Wire Work Accents. Design: Chinese Mythological Fenghuang (Phoenix); Cutout, Hand-Carved Jadeite Cabochons, Original Ming's Inc. (1941-1999) Jade Stock, Mystic Knot Wire Work Accents, Hand-Set 4-Prong Dangling Design, High Polish Finish, French Hook Wires; Weight: Approx. 7.2 grams Total Approx. 4.3 grams 18k Yellow Gold; Measures: Jade Cabochons Are Approx. 12.1mm Wide X 17.1mm Long X 4.5mm High and 11.9mm Wide X 17.0mm Long X 4.3mm High (Cabochons Are Approx. 1/2" Wide X 11/16" Long). Jadeite Features ~ Type: Ice Jadeite; Quality/Grade: High, A/A+; Appearance: Semi-Transparent; Color: Bluish Gray; Source: Original Ming’s Inc. (1950s-1970s) Stock, as Noted By One of Their Carvers; Carver: Original Ming's Inc. Jade/Ivory Carver, Dennis DeLuze. Features: This Beautiful Pair of Hand-Cut 18k Yellow Gold and Ice Jadeite French Hook Wire Earrings Are Crafted With a Polished Jade Surface and 14k Gold High Polish Finish Background. This Labor-Intensive Design Features a Signature Design, Ming's Inc. Was Well Known For. These Beautiful Cabochon-Cut Jadeite Pieces Are Hand-Carved Into the Ming's of Honolulu Inc. Fenghuang (Asian Mythological Phoenix) Pattern. Each Phoenix is Facing Each Other as They Were Traditionally Depicted in Myths and Legends. The Surface Quality of the Ice Jadeite Displays a Beautiful Natural Tone; The Color Matching is Excellent! These Exceptionally Rare, Semi-Translucent Jadeite Earrings Are Created Using 100% Solid Natural Grade "A" Ice Jadeite (Untreated, Not Enhanced). The Cabochon's Are Surface Waxed and Hand-Polished to Bring Out the Natural Appearance of the Jadeite With a Nice Glossy Finish. No Noted Cracks, Breaks, or Chips as Natural Jade Only Has Natural Inclusions. The Cabochon's Are Created Using a Traditional Process of Hand-Cut and Hand-Carving Techniques, Including Washing With Plum Juice for Polishing Marks and Soaking in Wax for Lubricated Protection. These Traditional Procedures Are Internationally Known Standards of Practice, Which are Not Defined as "Artificial Treatments". These Jadeite Pieces Display a Gorgeous Medium Tone, Mixed Bluish-Gray Color Background With Subtle Lavender Overtones. The Jadeite Pieces Dangle Off Hand-Shaped, 18k Yellow Gold French Hook Wire Settings to Enhance the Detailing. Additionally, Each Setting is Adorned With a Mystic Knot Wire Work Accent to Accentuate the Overall Appearance. The Jadeite Cabochons Are Fixed Using a 4-Prong Setting For Added Security. The Combination of Skilled Hand-Crafted Workmanship and High Detailing Using Solid 18k Yellow Gold and Ice Jadeite Creates This Brand New Gorgeous Piece! An Absolutely Gorgeous Creation That Exudes Pride of Ownership!
About the Chinese Fenghuang (Phoenix): The Fenghuang are mythological birds of East Asia that reign over all other birds. The males are called Feng and the females Huang. In modern times, however, such a distinction of gender is often no longer made and the Feng and Huang are blurred into a single feminine entity so that the bird can be paired with the Chinese dragon, which has male connotations. In the West, it is commonly referred to as the Chinese phoenix. A celestial sign to the Chinese, the Phoenix is the king of the winged kingdom. Magnificent and legendary, this bird is synonymous with good fortune, opportunity, and luck. It also conveys strength and resilience in the symbolic rising from its own ashes and soars to greater heights. On its own, the Phoenix is a Yang symbol and is associated with fire energies and the four winds. Combined with the Dragon the Phoenix represents Yin energy. As a point of spiritual focus, the Phoenix evokes in us the five human qualities of good cosmic energy, or Chi: Virtue, Duty and Responsibility, Proper Behavior (right attitude), Compassion, Reliability and Loyalty. Chinese traditions cite it as living atop the Kunlun Mountains in northern China. Its body symbolizes the six celestial bodies. The head is the sky, the eyes are the sun, the back is the moon, the wings are the wind, the feet are the earth, and the tail is the planets. Its feathers contain the five fundamental colors: black, white, red, blue and yellow. These colors are said to represent the Confucian virtues of: loyalty, honesty, decorum, and justice. Each part of Fenghuang's body symbolizes a word, the head represents virtue, the wing represents duty, the back represents propriety, the abdomen says belief and the chest represents mercy. Images of an ancient bird have appeared in China for over 4,000 years, the earliest as Shang Dynasty pottery motifs, then appearing decorating bronzes, as well as jade figurines (many of the most beautiful from the Liao Period). During the Han Dynasty (2,200 years ago) and later dynasties, two phoenixes, one a male (feng) and the other a female (huang) were often shown together facing one another. During the Yuan Dynasty the two terms were merged to become the generally translated "phoenix", but the "King of Birds" came to symbolize the Empress when paired with a dragon as a dragon represented the Emperor. During the Ming Dynasty, the feng huang was used as a symbol representing the direction south and was continued to display the male facing the female. Fenghuang seems to have no connection with the phoenix of the Western world, which derives from Egyptian mythology. The Fenghuang has very positive connotations. It is a symbol of high virtue and grace. The Fenghuang also symbolizes the union of yin and yang. In ancient China, they can often be found in the decorations for weddings or royalty, along with dragons. This is because the Chinese considered the dragon and phoenix symbolic of blissful relations between husband and wife, another common yin and yang metaphor. In some traditions it appears in good times but hides during times of trouble, while in other traditions it appeared only to mark the beginning of a new era. In China and Japan it was a symbol of the imperial house, and it represented fire, the sun, justice, obedience, and fidelity. To the Chinese, if a phoenix was used to decorate a house it symbolized that loyalty and honesty were in the people that lived there. Or alternatively, phoenix only stays when the ruler is without darkness and corruption. The phoenix represented power sent from the heavens to the empress and is the emblem of the empress as a harbinger of good fortune. About the Endless Knot or Mystic Knot: Symmetrical knots that tie into themselves, without beginning or end, are a universal eternity symbol including the eternity of life, the eternity of nature, the eternity of unity, and the eternity of love. While the knot actually originated from Tibet, various interlocking Celtic knots bear a striking resemblance to the Endless Knot, such as the Bowen Knot. In fact, the Endless Knot has been shared between so many different cultures over the years, it is now a universal icon. The intertwining of lines also represents how all events are conjoined and held together as a closed cycle of cause and effect. Thus, the whole composition is a pattern that is closed on in itself with no gaps, leading to a form of great simplicity and fully balanced harmony. Since the knot has no beginning or end it also symbolizes the infinite wisdom of the Buddha. About Ice Jadeite: While the variety name "ice" jade won't be found in gem books on jadeite jade, you soon will be hearing more about it. Ming's had been using this variety of jade since its opening back in 1941. Jade jewelry, often heavy and ornately carved, has traditionally been a prized possession, handed down from mothers to daughters and treasured as much for its value as its beauty. Classic designs in imperial green jade, or jadeite, the most green and translucent form of the stone, remain very much in favor. But for the younger generation, increasingly used to international luxury brands, the traditional bangles and bead necklaces are just a bit old-fashioned. These buyers, a small but growing band, are pushing jade toward more experimental and contemporary designs and colors. Many consumers still have preconceived ideas about the stone thinking only certain individuals can wear green jade to match their skin tone and that other jade colors don't match as well. But ice jade, for example, matches almost all skin tones and complexions, and it's much easier to match with different colored clothes than green jade. Younger generations are leaning towards these color designs as wells as black and white jade. Common natural colors of jadeite include green, lavender, black, white, red and yellow are the results of oxidation and of the presence of "chromophores" or color-inducing impurities. Black jade is actually a very deep green with high iron content, while the currently very trendy ice jade is the result of perfectly fused jade crystals. Years ago, before very fine material was available, jadeite that was essentially colorless, as well as translucent, was called "water" jade and was relatively about the same price range as commercial green jade. But then something happened when extremely fine examples of water jade appeared in the market. These jades were not only colorless but exhibited a very compact crystal structure that gave the stone an unprecedented translucence. In fact, the stones grade out as "semi-transparent" to "very transparent." Some use the term "glassy" to describe it. But the term "water jade" was not "sexy enough" for auction houses like Christie's, so the term "crystal" was coined. But those in the know use the term "ice" jade, so "crystal" is out, and "ice" is in. Today, "Water" jade is used for grayish, maybe spotty, colorless jade that exhibits some translucence. "Crystal" refers to the best water jade, and "ice" jade is the best of the best. Meanwhile, prices for this "ice" jade variety have skyrocketed in China. Strands of ice jade beads are recently selling for $10,000, and bangles are appearing in catalogs at "unheard of reserves." Genuine ice jade appears in milky lavender to soft bluish gray coloring found in China and Mongolia. Imperial green is still obviously the most sought after jade in Asia. However, colored jades allow creativity, which is more appealing. Colored jades, especially ice and black, have already emerged as a trend in jewelry designs. Instead of the usual cabochon grinding and polishing technique, which produces a thick, rounded stone, designers are cutting colored jades in slivers, revealing each stone's unique textures. The price of colored jadeite has soared recently as they are now much in demand, both in Hong Kong and on the mainland. About Ming's Honolulu, Inc.©: Hawaiian Tropical to Asian Exotic, Stunningly Spectacular, and Rewardingly Addictive! With incredible detailing, Ming's started producing and selling hand-carved ivory and jade jewelry in the early 1940s and continued into the late 1990s. The premier name in Hawaiian jewelry, Ming's was first listed in the 1940-41 Directory of the City and County of Honolulu. Their business name was likely derived from the Ming ruling dynasty of China from 1368 to 1644, "One of the greatest eras of orderly government and social stability in human history". Ming's jewelry reflects the popular images of its time and has become a cultural icon sought by vintage collectors worldwide. Tropical flowers, tikis, warriors and other representations of Hawaii were available in silver, ivory, and silver-ivory combinations. The gifted jeweler Wook Moon and his family opened the first jewelry store at the Fort Street Mall in 1941, six months before the outbreak of World War II. Despite the grim outlook then, the little store became a household name among working women and tourists. During those days, Ming’s offered a generous, no-interest layaway plan, so that many of the downtown Honolulu secretaries, not highly paid women at that time, were able to buy something. As the business rapidly grew, the Ming family expanded throughout the Hawaii islands and opened a string of stores on the mainland, including San Francisco, New York City, Miami, Houston, Ft. Lauderdale, and Atlanta, and goods were also sold through catalogs. Mr. Moon personally designed most of the jewelry and often created the pieces himself. Apprentices also were trained to reproduce his designs, as well as other well-known Hawaii artists commissioned to create pieces. Cast and hand-wrought sterling silver pieces were stamped on the back with "MING'S," and all ivory pieces were hand signed "Ming's" in ink usually with a description of the piece, such as "Ming's Honolulu Ivory Plumeria Blossom." The earliest ivory pieces were hand signed "Ming's" in reddish brown ink, and then in later years "MING'S" was printed in black ink. They were always signed on the ivory and stamped on the sterling silver. Sterling with tinted or dyed ivory pieces were the most popular sellers and some of the most spectacular pieces made. Ming's was best known for its trade secret process of tinting ivory. Collectors seek the tinted designs out with a vengeance and they have become quite pricey. However, compared to gold and diamonds they are more reasonably priced, yet much harder to come by. Ivory was used to recreate almost every flower and plant that grows in Hawaii. Earrings, pins, necklaces and bracelets were the most common pieces. Wonderful ivory plumeria or frangipani blossom designs are still worn today for the memories of paradise they recall. At one time, Ming's also designed the ivory wings worn by Hawaiian Airlines' flight staff, as well as ivory plumeria earrings worn by stewardesses to complement the fresh plumeria flowers in their hair. One of Ming's most unusual and appealing lines was the pierced gold line; all pieces being originally designed by Mr. Moon himself. He used the ancient symbols of China to give rings, earrings, bracelets, pendants and necklaces a powerful and exotic appeal. The dragon, phoenix, bird in plum tree, lotus, chrysanthemum, peony, bamboo, and Chinese characters giving blessings of long life and good fortune were all used as motifs in this jewelry. Jewelry sold at Ming's of past, greatly played a leading role in today's jewelry designs of Hawaii. In Hawaii, pieces from Ming's have become family treasures handed down from generation to generation. Daughters seek items similar to those worn by their mothers and shoppers at shows will stop at a booth and become nostalgic if they spot a necklace like the one grandma wore. The articles are costly however, reasonably in-line with the rich detailing and the hours of labor needed to hand-create each piece. Ivory or brooches laden with akoya pearls can be priced from about $200 to $600 and some complete sets can be $2000 or higher. Moon was said to have purchased the pearls he used in his designs from the cultured pearl giant Mikimoto Kokichi of Japan. Collectors avidly seek out vintage pieces made by Ming's. Dealers and their customers feel the workmanship is excellent and the knowledgeable can recognize the pieces almost immediately. The favorite Hawaiian motifs are done in sterling or sterling embellished with carved ivory. Classic depictions of the islands' flowers such as anthurium, hibiscus, birds of paradise, orchids and pikake are rendered in brooches, necklaces, earrings and rings. Their most popular pieces collected today are hand carved ivory and sterling silver brooches, earrings, bracelets of Hawaiian flowers, leaves, tropical sea life, Polynesian warriors and the famous Chinese phoenix bird carved in jade. Throughout the years, Mr. Moon purchased jade material on regular buying trips made to Burma, Hong Kong, and Guatemala. When Ming's created Hawaiian flowers, Chinese flowers, they rarely did a flat leaf; their plumeria have defined curves that make them look realistic and natural. It was obvious that Mr. Moon spent hours studying nature, which raised questions about his anthuriums. Some anthuriums grow with their spadix (spikes) downward towards the wider, cleavage-end of the spathe, believed by many as its natural appearance. Some species do bend down; however, his anthurium earrings and brooches are made to be worn in a way where the spadix points upward towards the narrow point of the spathe, which is a more common appearance of many wild grown varieties. As with most jewelry collections, it's often those pieces that no one bought, because of a high price or unpopularity, which becomes so rare and much more desirable to future generations. At Ming's of old, an Uli`uli (Gourd Rattle Hula Instrument) design that would have sold in the 1940s for $14.40 in pin form and an additional $4.80 for matching sterling earrings are selling today for over $2,500 in a full completed set. Today there is a lot of competition for pieces that typically sell for more than $300. Rare ivory designs carved by Mr. Moon himself, might go for $2,000. Ming's last retail site, the one in Honolulu, closed in October of 1999. For authenticity, please be aware that a true Ming's of Hawaii© gold or silver piece is always hallmark stamped with "MING'S" and its respective metal karat content. Today, we are reliving Ming’s “dynasty” by honoring the legacy of an artist whose eclectic creations brought joy to generations of women. From Managing Director and Grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Wook Moon: "Ming’s was a well-respected and venerable firm, which operated from Honolulu, Hawaii for almost 60 years, selling its own originally designed handmade pieces from the early 1940’s to its closing in 1999. The concept developed out of my grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Wook Moon’s years of living in Shanghai, China in the 1930’s where they came to study the history and appreciate the arts, antiquities, and ornaments of this ancient civilization. On their return to Hawaii in 1941, they opened a small storefront in downtown Honolulu and named it Ming’s. Known for delicately carved tropical floral motifs and multi-color jade and pearl designs, Ming’s was long considered the preeminent name for Hawaiian and Asian Heritage jewelry. Ming’s of Hawaii© is pleased to announce the reintroduction of its specialty pierced gold jewelry line! As well as rediscovering Ming's classic 14k jade and pearl designs, and newly inspired creations in 18k gold. We hope that you will find this jewelry not only comfortable to wear, elegant and chic, but that in owning a piece, you become part of a long tradition of “owning Ming’s”.” Purchase Assurance of Quality: As Each of These Earrings Are Intricately Hand-Cut and Hand-Carved, With High Attention-to-Detail, Using Solid 18k Yellow Gold and Ice Jadeite, Each One is Slightly Unique to the Next; There are Subtle Variations in the Hand-Carved Detailing, Which is Approximately Represented in the Item's Picture. The Item's Picture Provides All the Main Appearance Characteristics That is Provided in Each Pair of Earrings Purchased. Ships in a Special Ming's Gift Box. Makes a Great Gift or Treat Yourself to Start or Add to Your Collection of Fine, Exclusive Ming's 18k Gold with Jade Hawaiian Jewelry. 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