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The Year of the Dragon As Chinese carvers move from ivory to hard stone, many of the finest have begun working in jadeite. Jade expert Don Kay, president of Mason-Kay Inc. in Denver, says he’s seeing more fine-quality jadeite carvings than ever before. That might not be a coincidence—jadeite claims a strong connection to the year 2000. This is the Chinese year of the dragon, and the dragon is the symbol of China’s Jade Emperor. Moreover, jade traditionally has been used to honor important events, such as dynastic changes—or the advent of a new millennium. Put it all together, and dragons carved in jade have especially strong symbolism this year. In Chinese astrology, the dragon is considered a paragon of strength and good fortune. It’s also good-natured, energetic, self-confident, and inquisitive, qualities that enable it to face any challenge. People born under the sig
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