The 2008 Beijing Olympic Medals

WOW!  Watching the Olympics from a television at home, I thought the medals already looked pretty cool and was wondering why the back of the medals looked very uniquely different from the front as in they did not appear to be finished in one material.  Here is why…….there is a jade piece in each of them!

The medal for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games is designed with inspiration coming from “bi”, China’s ancient jade piece inscribed with a dragon pattern. The medals, made of gold and jade, symbolize nobility and virtue and are the embodiment of traditional Chinese values of ethics and honor, sending forth strong Chinese flavor.

The medals are 70mm in diameter and 6mm in thickness. On the front side, the medal adopts standard design prescribed by the International Olympic Committee. While on the back, the medal is inlaid with jade with the Beijing Games emblem engraved in the metal centerpiece. The design inspiration of the medal hook derives from jade “huang”, a ceremonial jade piece with decoration of double dragon pattern and “Pu”, the reed mat pattern.

Noble and elegant, the Beijing Olympic Games medal is a blending of traditional Chinese culture and the Olympic spirit. It gives the winners of the Games great honor and acclamation as recognition of their achievement.

Note: bi, a flat jade disc with a circular hole in the center

Huang, a semi circular jade ornament

 And if you want to know how they were actually made you can click on the link here


Sure wish I could get my hands on a replica……….

4 Responses

  1. You can, there all over eBay

    • Gee thanks but that moment has passed.. 😆

  2. Do you know where I can get an 2008 Olympic games gold medal replica still? None left on Ebay..?

    • Sorry mate I have no idea…but good luck with that…cheers!

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