The Pauline Bishop & Jon Edwards Collection
Our Chinese jade collection began in the early ’70s, three generations ago, inspired by my mother, Pauline M. E. Bishop. As for me, Jon Edwards, I’ve continued collecting and researching jade for over 45 never boring, ever learning years, and the time to record and share the fruits of this labor is overdue. For the last year, therefore, I and my daughter, Pauline Amber Edwards, a Media specialist, have been photographing, writing, and constructing this website as a permanent record of this life long endeavor. Most items shown on this website are for sale and we welcome enquires.
(Pauline at 60 in 1970)
In this website, we will include as much research information as possible about the pieces in this collection, but the finest possible images with zoom in close-ups should be the best informant, and hopefully, they’ll speak for themselves. All jades in this collection have been tested and are guaranteed to be mineralogically correct for nephrite jade.
When I began collecting Chinese jade, the word ‘Provenance’ was rarely used or needed and keeping business records/books of the purchase price and from whom purchased was not important in future value determination. A collector could always pay too much and only the market place, when it came time to sell, would answer the question: how did I do? Be that as it may, we have searched out as many remaining documents as we can find after half a century of moving personal effects from place to place in the U.S.A. and Asia and transferring digitally scanned documents from computer to a newer computer many, many times. The written information with graphic documentation below should, via early major auction sales, give an insight on ‘how I was doing’ … and, did I know what I was doing? That question was gratifyingly answered in one of my first auctions with Theo Tow and Pat Curtin at Christie’s NYC when Pat wrote a notation to the sales results: “Jon, your jades sold well in a difficult market time… not only well, but very well.”
Overall, then, the following two purposes will, hopefully, be accomplished by these documents in the links below:
- Confirmation of the early dates and long history of the collection.
- Persons and places that were a part of this history.
The provenance link below excludes documents from the ’70s before we stored scanned documents digitally. Those are certainly implied, however, by the records of a mature and marketable collection in the ’80s.
Click Here https://stonesfromheaven.com/provenance/
*For in depth information about Jon Edwards history as a collector please press this link. *<http://stonesfromheaven.com/jade-collecting-background/>
The Jon and Pauline Amber Edwards Ancient Beads Collection
Along the journey of jade collecting, including ancient jade beads, we found many parallels in judging age and authenticity of agate, chalcedony, and carnelian beads relative to surface patina, hole-boring, and other visual clues. In fact, we found that in all parts of the Stone Age world where jade or jadeite could be found, these jades were the penultimate objects and symbols of good fortune, virtue, and value. In places where it could not be found, beads of the quartz hard stone family, such as agate, chalcedony, and carnelian with their often beautiful natural coloration and banding patterns took that place. Jade-less locations of the earliest human culture such as the Indus Valley, perhaps the earliest known source, and Egypt, where a Pharoah’s tomb was found to contain over 2,000 agate beads.
It was, perhaps, great demand that motivated an early man to find methods of emulating the natural eye and banding patterns of natural stones, and thus began his enhancement with these and other archetypal symbols well over 7k years ago. Both the Chinese and Himalayan people have recorded their belief that these magic stones were never of man, but “fallen from heaven” of a higher power. The last repository of these agate beads, including an active belief in the myths and magic thereof, is the Tibetan culture, where a specific type is known as DZI beads. These are well represented in our collection. Our family’s collection of Chinese jade and Himalayan Dzi and etched agate beads will be added to the website in the future. They reflect yet other people and cultures with the earliest beliefs in special stones of magical, apotropaic, and sacred powers… from heaven.
Jon, Ling, Paul and Pauline Edwards