Just a perfect day
Feed animals in the zoo
A movie, too, and then home
— Perfect Day by Lou Reed, 1972.
Jade is one of the oldest and most important gemstones, with a history dating over 7,000 years. It is especially prized throughout Chinese and Latin American cultures, often holding more value than gold. The term 'jade' was derived from 'Piedra de Ijada', a Spanish phrase meaning 'stone for the pain in the side' because Spanish explorers saw natives of Central America holding pieces of jade to their sides, believing that it could cure ills. The name 'nephrite' was derived from the Greek word for 'kidney', which refers to its supposed ability to cure kidney disease.
Please note that the doughnut-shaped beads are individually cut and drilled by hand. Colors, shapes and details may vary slightly, lending each bead unique characteristics.
Photography: Filipa Peixeiro
Product shot: Christian André Strand