Turquoise Carving was named for its material.
As most precious boulder, turquoise has rare localities worldwide but lager reserves with highest quality in China, especially in the mountain areas in Northwest Hubei. The best turquoise exploited near Yungai Temple in Yun County is noted all over the world and is called Yungai boulder by foreigners. As the capital city of Hubei, Wuhan enjoys special favors of nature to choose high-grade turquoises locally and carve them into delicate artworks.
Turquoise gets its name for its shape is like a green pinecone. Turquoises produced in Hubei, kidney-shaped or grape-shaped, are usually as small as a walnut or as big as an apple, with fine texture, bright color & luster, beautiful & soft appearance and life-like sense. According to these features, Wuhan Jade Carving Factory carves various artworks such as ornaments, figures, flowers, birds and animals, which are admired and favored by people both at home and abroad. A vivid and lifelike statue of Li Shizhen (a Chinese pharmacologist of the Ming Dynasty), once located in the Hubei Hall of the Great Hall of People in Beijing, is an elaborate artwork of Hong Hengquan, an assistant technologist in Wuhan Jade Carving Factory. Another artwork comparable to it is the 「Paradise Picture」 separately designed and carved by assistant technologist Luo Jinmao and technician Yuan Jiaqi in Hubei Artwork Factory, which exhibits the fairy tales of Buddhism and attracted all walks of life when exhibited in Hong Kong.