According to an online BBC article from June 2017, “Jade is a generic term for two different gemstones, nephrite and jadeite.” The gem comes in a wide variety of colors including the traditional green, and is considered a very precious element in various cultures. It has an important significance for Chinese people, symbolizing “good health” and “long life.”
What happened that day did nothing to prolong the tourist’s life, and certainly had a disastrous affect on her short-term health. The jewelry outlet in Ruili had a large selection of green jade bangles on show. The tourist was so taken with one stunning piece shaped into a bracelet that she tried it on.
She slipped the bangle onto her wrist and admired it, before the stall keeper told her something completely mind boggling. While the tourist was still wearing the bracelet the jade merchant informed her of how much the piece of jewelry in question was worth. The tourist just could not believe the high figure.