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Jade

Jade is actually two separate gems: nephrite and jadeite. In China, a pierced jade disk 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 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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Tools

Research

Guizhou Jade ornament
Guizhou Jade from Qinglong, China

The authors collect Guizhou Jade at the mine and explore the antimony deposit in Qinglong, China.

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The wax-impregnated bangle (left) showed bluish fluorescence under long-wave UV.
Strong Fluorescence in B-Jade Impregnated with Wax

A bangle is an example of the misconception that B jade is only impregnated by resin, when in fact wax-impregnated jadeite is also considered B-jade.

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Calcite showing phosphorescence.
Filled Calcite with Pronounced Phosphorescence

A sphere with a greasy luster exhibiting strong phosphorescence is investigated.

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Gem: The Definitive Visual Guide book cover
Book Review: Gem: The Definitive Visual Guide

A review of Gem: The Definitive Visual Guide.

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Jade table screen.
Exhibition Review: Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings

Review of Colors of the Universe: Chinese Hardstone Carvings at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Jadeite boulder from Itoigawa, Japan
Japanese Jadeite Tables

Examines the sources, color, texture, and chemical composition of jadeite from Japanese deposits.

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Jadeite boulder from Itoigawa, Japan
Japanese Jadeite: History, Characteristics, and Comparison with Other Sources

Examines the sources, color, texture, and chemical composition of jadeite from Japanese deposits.

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A jadeite necklace of graduated beads.
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Jade Report: Increased Mining Creates Large Stockpiles

Myanmar’s jade stocks are piling up in gem warehouses near the border and in dealer safes. Mining has far exceeded the market’s ability to absorb it.

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Multi-colored gems are superimposed on an image of glacier peaks.
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Gems and Minerals from the Subarctic

Circumnavigate the boreal reaches of the globe to explore gems from polar regions.

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Decorated jadeite pendant.
“Decorated” Jadeite Jade in the Chinese Market

An examination of jadeite decorated with smaller jadeite ornaments.

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