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Jadeite and Nephrite Jade: A Guide to Understanding Jade

Jadeite and Nephrite Jade

Jade has been treasured for thousands of years for its beauty, durability, and cultural significance. There are two main types of jade: jadeite and nephrite. While both types share many similarities, there are also important differences that make them unique. In this guide, we will explore the properties, history, and cultural significance of jadeite and nephrite jade. 

Genuine jade can only be two types of stones: jadeite and nephrite. Both jadeite and nephrite are the only stones in the world considered to be jade. All other stones are imitation jade. 

Jadeite Jade

Jadeite is a rare and valuable mineral that is found primarily in Burma (now known as Myanmar). It is known for its rich green color, which is caused by the presence of chromium. In addition to green, jadeite can also be found in shades of white, yellow, brown, lavender, and red.

Jadeite is a hard and durable stone that is resistant to scratching and chipping. It has a smooth, waxy luster and a translucent appearance that makes it ideal for carving and jewelry-making. Jadeite can be found in a variety of shapes and sizes, including beads, pendants, bangles, and figurines.

In addition to its beauty, jadeite has deep cultural significance in many cultures. In China, jadeite has been treasured since the Neolithic period and is often associated with good luck, prosperity, and longevity. Jadeite was used to make ceremonial objects as well as jewelry and decorative objects.

Jadeite is considered the "King of Jade". The highest quality jadeite can be seen at exclusive auctions ranging in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for one piece. Jadeite comes in virtually every color of the rainbow ranging from green, lavender, purple, red, orange, yellow, brown, white, black, and gray. Because of its rich colors and varieties in translucency each piece of jade is unique - no two pieces are the same.
Examples of the variations of jadeite colors
Hand Carved Red Jadeite Jade Landscape Natural Scenery
 purple jade dragon black 9 dragon jade pendant

Nephrite Jade

Nephrite is a more common form of jade that is found in many parts of the world, including China, New Zealand, Canada, and Russia. Unlike jadeite, nephrite is known for its muted, earthy tones, including shades of green, brown, and gray.

Nephrite is also a hard and durable stone, but it is softer than jadeite and is therefore easier to carve. It has a silky luster and a translucent appearance that makes it popular for jewelry-making and decorative objects.

Like jadeite, nephrite has cultural significance in many cultures. In China, nephrite was also treasured for its beauty and was used to make a variety of objects such as jewelry and decorative items. 

Nephrite jade comes in a variety of colors and textures. The color tones are slightly more muted than jadeite jade. Nephrite jade is prized for its oil-like texture and appearance.

Examples of the variations of nephrite colors

green nephrite jade with sterling silver lake green nephrite jade guan yin
light yellow white nephrite jade pendant dark green nephrite jade guan yin
red yellow nephrite jade guan yin pendant rose gold plate with white yellow nephrite jade pendant
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