My father once told me that it is good luck to break a piece of jade- he said to break a piece of jade is to avoid utter peril!
He told me if I hadn't broken that pendant I had just haplessly knocked onto the floor, that something terrible would have happened instead- that the jade takes the hit for you. I was not sure whether he came up with this on the spot to make me feel better, but it was a comfort nonetheless.
I'm beginning to believe that breaking jade can most definitely be a happy accident. (Not that I recommend throwing your jewelry around all willy nilly!)
A long time client and friend of ours recently came in with a chunk of jade which had been part of a ring belonging to her son. He wore the ring every day, until it fell and broke. There were tears.
Luckily, the chunk which remained was the perfect size to set into a new ring.
We completed this piece in time for Christmas, and hope that this ring brings good luck (and longevity) to its owner.