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History of Chinese Name Chops - Order a Custom Name Chop with Your English Name Translated to Chinese
The exact time that Chinese name chops became popular is not known, but records have traced their origin back to at least 770 B.C. Originally they were popularized by merchants. These traders' official seals would be a mark to signify genuine goods, verify transactions, and functioned almost as a contract. Later nobles started to use chops as a signature and the emperor as well. The emperor's name seal was made out of a rare jade and was exceptionally large, about the size of a cantaloupe. This was called the imperial seal. It was illegal for anyone other than the emperor to use jade for their name seals. Instead the nobles used gold, silver, and other precious metals while commoners used stones.
Eventually Chinese name seals became especially common for calligraphers. The seal was the final touch on their works of art. Affixing their seal like a signature showed their pride in a job well done. Chinese calligraphers still use these for every painting they make. Now they traditionally use two, one to start off the calligraphy art and one to finish it. The chop used to start the calligraphy painting is typically a blessing and the one to finish it is their name. Artists who paint backgrounds just use one chop since in a painting an artist doesn't necessarily know where he will start.
Today Chinese chops make great souvenirs not only for artists exploring Chinese calligraphy, but for anyone wanting to experience authentic Asian culture. We offer nine different unique Chinese seals so that you can pick your favorite and customize it with your own name.
Just look at our samples below, choose your favorite chop and style, select it in the order form, leave us your name, and order securely online through Paypal. We will transliterate your name into Chinese characters for free and our expert Chinese name chop carver will customize your very own seal. In addition, you can add a "starting" or "beginning" chop and choose which good wish or blessing you would like on it.
Please be aware that each stop is 100% natural stone. Therefore the exact color and shade may vary from the picture.
|#1 Engraved Dragon Seal||#2 Carved Lion Seal||#3 White Square Seal|
|#4 Red Oblong Oval Seal||#5 Pink Square Seal||#6 Red Square Seal|
If you are from the US, UK, Canada, and Australia, your chop will be sent by a new and fast airmail shipping service called ePacket, which is a cooperation between China Post and other international postal services. Expected shipping times are 7-14 days. Each item is registered and we will send you its tracking number after shipment. Orders from other countries will be shipped standard and expected shipping time is 3-4 weeks.