Jade Ring

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Relationship: Child of im/migrant
Gold and jade ring
Gold and jade ring

This ring belongs to my grandmother, who is an immigrant from Taiwan. Various members of her family began immigrating to the United States after the 1965 Immigration Act, which opened up US immigration to much of the world that had been blocked for decades. The gold and jade ring belonged to her mother, which was a family heirloom from her grandmother. It was formed from the jade stone that was a part of a gold headpiece from the Qing Dynasty era, and was turned into a ring so the lucky heirloom would continue to be worn by women of the family. Jade is considered to be a stone that carries luck, and is a symbol of nobility, in many East Asian countries such as Taiwan, and was brought to the United States by my great-grandmother, so that good fortune would follow them into their new lives in a new country.

Place(s): Taiwan

– Megan

Relationship:  Child of im/migrant Child of im/migrant