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“Jade” is a generic term for nephrite, jadeite, and under certain conditions green omphacite. In China, a pierced jade disk is a symbol of heaven.

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

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This 127.10-gram carving is originally from Tienjun, China

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Use of color

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 oxidized “skin.”

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Uncovering the Beauty

The boulder is sawn to view its inner color.

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Taking Shape

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

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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.


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What To Look For

Jade Buyers guide COLOR
Jade Color

Although jadeite comes in lavender, orange, and other hues, its most desirable color 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 semitransparent, 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 jewelry. Jade can also be carved into incredibly detailed decorative items.

Jadeite Jade Quality Factors: The Comprehensive Guide