My journey to the Authentic Jade Roller.

posted 2021 Apr by

Growing up in a Chinese household, I had always been aware of the Jade Roller. Perhaps my aunt or my mother had one. I never thought much of it, until years later when Dr. Ming Liu, my acupuncturist introduced it to me again as he was applying the Jade Roller to meridian points to treat headaches, muscles, and joint pain.

The idea was born!

Traditionally, used to stimulate acupoints in the body, I realized the same TCM principles could be applied for stimulation of face chi. Using the Jade Roller to roll over the myriad of acupoints on the face could tone, detoxify, provide circulation and rejuvenate tired skin.

Working with Dr Ming to substantiate the face points, we introduced the now infamous Jade Roller to the GingerChi Beauty line in 2013. Along with the GingerChi Face Serum Oil to provide lubrication, the natural tool became the technique to not only stimulate, tone and lift the muscles but it also enabled the nutrients of the Serum to penetrate deeper into skin layers. Bingo!

With the introduction of the new tools such as the Gua Shas and soon to launch, mushroom tools, GingerChi has proved to be front runner when it comes to providing the genuine natural beauty tools sourced from their origin.


The GingerChi Jade Roller

In those early days before the roller craze caught on, one might have come across a few rollers amongst other novelties in a Chinatown curio shop. They were usually cheap and poorly made.

After an extensive search, I found a reputable supplier of authentic jade products from China. I began working with the company to make improvements to the jade roller. We changed the glued on soft copper metal to a stronger welded Nickel. We finessed the finish and made sure the stones rolled smoothly without friction.


In 2013, GingerChi launched the Jade Roller.  Very soon, beauty gurus and influencers in the know, discovered our little tool. Rave reviews poured in as the first authentic and quality Jade Roller available. 

Fast forward to 2021. A plethora of 'jade' rollers and Gau Shas are now available in the marketpalce. Every other beauty company seems to followed GingerChi's lead and incorporated into the skincare lines. Even at Walmart sells a version of the jade roller!

We get asked all the time - "How can you tell an authentic Jade Roller?"


The story of Chinese Jade 

The Chinese have a long history of calling green rocks, jade. In fact there are many types of Jade. The most common are Jadite, Nephrite

The most expensive and rare form of jade, is Jadite from Burma. Next is Nephrite Jade. This prized precious stone has been used in China for thousands of years. Nephrite Jade is been mined extensively in Myanmar and strict regulations have been put in place by the Chinese government to keep the resource sustainable and the mines environmentally friendly.


Xiuyan Jade

The jade for our rollers came from one particular area in China. The Xiuyan area of Anshan, in Liaoning Province in the northeastern part of China. Named Xiuyan Jade, due to the rich deposits found in this particular part of the country. Xiuyan Jade has exquisite texture with a myriad of green hues and is more affordable, hardy and easy to carve.

The largest single jade stone ever found in Xiuyan was carved into the form of one of the largest Buddha statues in world. It is housed in a temple in Anshan and has become a major tourist attraction.



Journey to the source

I traveled to Anshan Prefecture City in Liaoning Province to visit the family owned facility that was manufacturing my rollers. The facility situated in a small township outside the city of Anshan, provides jobs for the local craftsmen in the area.

I flew into Hong Kong and made my way to Shanghai where I met up with Tian Jian, China travel expert from Trax2. We took the Bullet train to Anshan Prefecture City in Liaoning Province. The journey took several hours and covered almost 700 miles. It was thrilling to pass through the numerous towns and historical cities along the way. Upon arriving in Anshan, we journeyed by car to Mr. Lu’s family-owned jade manufacturing facility in the small township. 

Originally a local farmer growing maize, Lu established his manufacturing facility to produce the roller and other jade tools. We inspected the raw rocks and the saw how the individual pieces for the roller were carved.

After having some tea and fruit and discussing improvements and quality control issues, we headed back into town. In a show of hospitality, Mr. Lu had organized a banquet at the local eatery where the specialties were deep fried crispy Larvae and Lamb soup!


The GingerChi Standard

There are few different grades of jade. Some Jade undergoes bleaching to clean out impurities and inferior color. Some are even dyed. Grade A is unprocessed and unaltered. It is natural jade that has only been polished in wax and undergone a heat treatment only.

The Xiuyan jade used for the Rollers have been certified by the Liaoning Province Examination center for Gem and Jade as authentic Xiuyan Jade.

With so many copycats and fakes now saturating the market, you can be rest assured that GingerChi natural Jade beauty tools are truly the original and most authentic jade roller available.


Choose your hue

Fine jade jewelry is typically deep green, but unsuitable for use in TCM tools. The Xiuyan jade we use belongs to the serpentine family and was chosen for its hardness and exquisite textures. This type of tough-wearing jade consists of many hues of green, resulting in the marbled, tonal look of our TCM tools.

Each individual tool is unique in color. Naturally cut from one big piece of stone, it will consist of many different greens. Some customers are attracted to the purity of the almost white colored tools while others prefer the deeper green color. There’s also a lot to be said for the mottled ones with a variety of green shades. It boils down to individual tastes. We also believe the stone will 'pick' you.


Jade Energy

Chinese believe that Jade has mystical and protective powers. I remember my mother dropping a jade piece into the herbal tea she prepared for us when we were out of sorts. In China jade was considered more precious than gold. Ancient paintings show Emperors in rich garments endowed with jade ornaments.

The belief is that Jade heals the mind and body, promoting calmness and sense of balance and clarity.

Jade and the color green are associated with the liver meridian and the wood element. When the liver/gall bladder is out of balance, we experience anger.



Rolling on - The Jade Gua Sha has arrived

The Gua Sha stone is fast becoming a popular item. Another ancient tool, the single piece of Gua Sha stone, carved with variety of shapes with curves, bumps, knobs and even comb teeth, can be used over the face, scalp and body to stimulate acupoints as well as lift and sculpt and promote lymphatic drainage.

Gua Shas can also be found in a variety of stones such as Rose Quartz and Bian. The traditional being jade. Our Jade Gua Shas, Gua Sha Combs and Jade Masks are also made of Xuiyan Jade from Anshan.


Quality assurance and sustainability

Quality control and sustainability is of utmost important to GingerChi. Upon arrival to the US, each natural beauty tool is inspected and checked by the GingerChi team before being individually cleaned and packed. 

We are mindful of excessive packaging and the effect on the environment. Our tools do not come in an unnecessary magnetic case or encased in plastic. Instead our beauty tools come in a drawstring linen bag and includes a set of instructions printed on recycled card and free Regenerating Face Serum sample.


The GingerChi Guarantee

At GingerChi we pride ourselves with sourcing the best, sustainable products and raw ingredients from all over the world. From organic cotton cloths in India, Dry Brushes from Sri Lanka, Jade from China and organic Oils and Teas from all around the world, we want to offer you our very best.

We hope you enjoy using our authentic tools. If you have any questions about the Jade Roller, Gua Sha or any of our products, please don't hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you!


Be well and with good Chi,

Anna, Founder