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23 - QUESTION:  What ornamental stone has been prized and used throughout Chinese history?

Answer:  Jade.

Jade has been used in virtually all periods of Chinese history, and has been prized by the Chinese for its durability, its subtle, translucent colors, its alleged protective powers, as well as for its musical qualities as a gem. It was imported from the Western Regions to areas in China, but was also exported to the west from China.

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