Jade, the exquisite gemstone symbolizes prosperity, success, and good luck. It has held man’s interest for thousands of years. This gemstone has always been important to mankind in terms of its beauty, beneficial effects and toughness.

Genuine Jade Cabochon Ring in 14k Yellow Gold 8.3 Ct Nephrite Jade Ring in Sterling Silver Filigree
Genuine Jade Cabochon Ring in 14k Yellow Gold 8.3 Ct Nephrite Jade Ring in Sterling Silver Filigree

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In astrology, this stone is associated with the star sign Taurus. It is also the official gem for the 12th anniversary.

“Jade” or “yu”, as it is popularly known in China; is considered as the heavenly or imperial stone. In fact, the Chinese consider this gem more precious than most other stones. The name is derived from the Spanish ‘piedra de ijada’, meaning ‘loin stone’ or ‘stone for the pain in the side’. This is because of its healing properties related to kidney ailments.

14mm Natural DuShan Jades Gemstone Crystal Round Bead Stretch Powerful Bracelet

14mm Natural DuShan Jade Gemstone Crystal Round Bead Stretch Powerful Bracelet

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Natural Multi Color Jadeite 7 stone PendantThe term ‘jade’ is universally and correctly used for two different types of rocks: Nephrite and Jadeite. Both nephrite and jadeite are considered as genuine jade. Both the varieties are quite similar in terms of their appearance, toughness and density.

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Men’s sterling silver ring, natural jade gemstone, steel pen crafts handmade Sterling Silver Unisex Ring Handmade, Jade Natural Gemstone

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Both are metamorphic rocks made up of tiny tightly knitted mineral crystals. These interlocking crystals make both gems exceptionally tough. The best way to differentiate them is in terms of their chemical composition and colors.

Discovered much earlier than Jadeite (almost 5000 years ago), Nephrite was a stone highly valued by the Chinese Imperials. When jadeite was discovered many years later, it was assumed to be a better quality deposit of the same stone.

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Moontide Lucky Lock Jade with 925 Sterling Silver Wishing Bead Necklace Grounding Stone

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Nowadays, Nephrite materials with cool carvings or those having vintage or antique value are the only ones commanding good value. Or else, it is not much in demand for crafting jewelry. And it is not as valuable as jadeite.

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Unique Sterling Silver Men Double Headed Eagle Ring, Jade Natural Gemstone Sterling Silver Unisex Ring, Jade Natural Gemstone, Steel Pen Craft Handmade

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Nephrites are available in different shades and tones of green. They can also be white, yellow or red. Its colors tend to be more muted than jadeite’s (due to oxidation), and they’re often mottled or streaked. It is abundantly available from a number of sources like Alaska, British Columbia, California, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan & Wyoming.

Jade Jewelry Box

Jade Jewelry Box

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Jadeite on the other hand is a chemically different stone. It may be green, white, pink, red, black, brown or violet.

Jadeite is much more vibrant in color than nephrite. It is more translucent, rarer and more valuable. And it is almost always what is used in fine Jade jewelry.

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Satya Jewelry Jade Gold Plate Lotus Bead Tassel Mala Necklace, 30

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One exception to this rule is black jade jewelry. Black jade used in fine jewelry is, unlike other colors, nephrite. Black jadeite is rare & somewhat expensive. Therefore it is not used in jewelry very often. Black nephrite is plentiful & less expensive.

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14k Gold Genuine Red Jade Marquise Shape Ring Red Jadeite Jade Ring Setting in 18k White Gold

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The translucent emerald green jades also known as the ‘imperial jade’ are considered the most prized and precious. The coloration is often streaked or mottled, giving jadeite gemstones an interesting visual texture that carvers can use to create imaginative and intriguing effects.

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Luxury Auspicious Chinese Imperial Dragon Green Jade Amulet Necklace Elegant Spring Bird Singing on Blossoming Flower Tree Carved Grade A Jade Pendant Necklace

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Nephrite is derived from the word ‘lapis nephriticus’. It is the Latin translation of the Spanish ‘piedra de ijada’. Nephrites are somewhat softer, but tougher and more resistant to breakage than Jadeite and they range between 6.0 and 6.5 on the Mohs scale. Jadeite on the other hand ranges between 6.0 and 7.0 on the Mohs scale.

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Women’s Cabochon Cut, Oval Jade Fashion Ring 14k Yellow Gold Openwork Nephrite Jade Cabochon Gemstone Ring

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The Nephrite variety is more commonly found in New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, China, Canada, Zimbabwe, Russia, Taiwan, Alaska and Poland. The rarer of the two i.e. Jadeite is mainly found in Myanmar (Burma), which is also the sole source of imperial jadeite. Jadeite is also found in Japan, Canada, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey, Cuba and the USA.

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Green Jades Curved Bar Single-Row Vera-Link Necklace, 14k Gold Multi-Colored Jades Curved Bar Single-Row Vera-Link Necklace, 14k Gold

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Jadeites are sometimes treated or enhanced. Jewellery traders and merchants have a grading system in place to determine the amount of enhancement the stone has received.

Type A jadeite: It has not been treated in any way except surface waxing.

Type B jadeite: It may have been impregnated and bleached but is not dyed. It results in considerable enhancement in color and transparency.

Type C jadeite: It is artificially stained or dyed. The color may change to a dull brown as a result and it loses translucency.

Type D jadeite: It is not real a jadeite. It may be a duplicate stone with a plastic backing.

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Green Jade 18x25mm & 8×10 mm Earrings 14k Yellow Gold with Multicolor Gem Stones Genuine Jade Cabochon Earrings in 14k Yellow Gold

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Jades are exceptionally versatile gemstones. Hence, they are extremely in demand as they can be delicately carved in to a number of shapes and designs. This property makes it tremendously useful in making fashionable jewellery like beautiful rings, attractive brooches, elegant pendants and even fancy bangles. They can also be fashioned in bracelets and necklaces.

Green Jade Tiger Black Tiger Eye Beaded Amulet Bracelet-Fortune Jade Jewelry

Green Jade Tiger Black Tiger Eye Beaded Amulet Bracelet-Fortune Jade Jewelry

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Jade is widely considered as a symbol of power and prosperity. It is also believed to positively influence the health and longevity of the wearer.


Natural Multi Color Jadeite 7 stone Pendant

Natural Multi Color Jadeite 7 stone Pendant

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