GET THE CASKET AND RETURN THE PEARL
The story took place in Warring States Period(476- 221 B.C.) in the principality of Zheng. A business man from Chu, another vassal state wanted to establish a roaring trade for his precious pearls. To this end, he invested everything he had in the decoration and quality of the caskets to fascinate the customers – he effectively bet the bank on the packaging rather than focusing on his actual product. The caskets were made from the costly lily magnolias and carefully steamed with Chinese cassia trees, mountain peppers and other first class spices. Inside and outside the caskets were encrusted with jades, fresh roses and jadeites.