Saturday, May 14, 2011

Gemstone of the Week: Jade

("Kaelea," by Handmaden Designs)
There are two different types of Jade: Nephrite and Jadeite.  Jadeite being the more valuable of the two.  Jade can come in all sorts of colours and shades.  It can be green, purple, white, red, black, and more. It can even be multi-coloured.  Jade is a hardness 6.5-7 and is more resistant to breaking and chipping than pretty much any other stone.  It is the chosen stones to represent the 12th wedding anniversary. One type or another can be found just about anywhere, from the U.S. to Europe, Asia, Africa, Cental America, South America, and the Pacific.  In its best quality, Jade is either semi-transparent or highly translucent.  While top quality Jade should be uniform in colour, some multi=coloured varieties are also desirable.  The most desired combinations being: green and lavender, orange and green, or white with strong green which is referred to as "moss-in-snow Jade". 

Informational Sources:

Newman GG, Renee. Gemstone Buying Guide. Los Angeles: International Jewelry Publications, 2005

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