Silverwork conjures times past


By Wang Jie
BEIJING, Jan. 13 — Once condemned as feudalistic, fine old Chinese silver is now appreciated as art. Wang Jie digs deep for the story.
Silver was once rare, tougher to extract and more precious than gold in China, where skilled silversmiths used the material to make distinctive jewelry, good-luck charms, ornaments and fine silverware.
Though it doesn’t glitter like gold, silver has a special luster and patina and because it’s malleable, it is easily shaped and carved. Silver objects and jewelry are frequently mentioned in novels about old China.
During the “cultural revolution” [db:内容2]