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Jade

Jade is actually two separate gems: nephrite and jadeite. In China, a pierced jade disc is a symbol of heaven.

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History

Jade is desired for its rich heritage as much as by its beauty, durability and rarity.

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Artistry

This 127.10-gram carving is originally from Tienjun, China

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Use of colour

This carving makes use of jade’s intense green and white mottled areas.

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Hidden Beauty

Jadeite’s beauty hides under a crusty brown or yellow oxidised “skin.”

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Uncovering the Beauty

The boulder is sawn to view its inner colour.

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Taking Shape

This 1041-gram jadeite boulder is sawn and marked for further cutting.

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Tools

Buyer's Guide

Jade is an umbrella term for two gem materials: jadeite and nephrite. Both can be shaped into exquisite carvings or decorative objects.

FIND A JEWELLER

Submit your gemstone through your local jeweller. 

FIND A REPORT

Verify the information on your report matches what is archived in the GIA report database.

What to look for

Jade Buyers' guide COLOUR
Jade colour

Although jadeite comes in lavender, orange and other hues, its most desirable colour is a very specific shade of green.

Jade texture

Jadeite’s texture can be fine, medium or coarse, depending on variations in crystal size and hardness.

Jade Buyers' guide TRANSPARENCY
Jade transparency

The best jadeite is semi-transparent, meaning the text you can read through it would be slightly blurred. 

Jade carat weight

The value of jade cabochons, beads and bangle bracelets rises with an increase in size, all other quality factors being equal. 

Jade Buyers' guide
Jade cut

The finest-quality jadeite is usually cut into cabochons for use in rings and other jewellery. Jade can also be carved into incredibly detailed decorative items.

Jadeite Jade Quality Factors: The Comprehensive Guide