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JADE (Burma)

A Jadeite from Burma. Tends to be more expensive than Nephrite Jade. In the bead industry, it is sometimes just called "Jadeite" - even though gemologists recognize many forms of Jadeites.


JADE (Green)

Jade is the term applied to forms of jadeite and nephrite. These minerals are similar in appearance and a distinction between the two often was not made. But, because of its more intense color and translucency, jadeite now brings higher prices and is thought to be the true jade
The most valuable form of jade is known as imperial jade and comes from Myanmar, it is an emerald green color. Jades also appear in mottled green and white, and the rarer colors of yellow, pink, purple, and black. The range of greens are light to dark, creamy, grayish, and also white. A leek green variety called "Russian Jade" is found near Lake Baikal in Russia. Jade can form in a huge variety of colors - but the most familiar to most people is Green Jade. It can vary in tone from medium green to quite dark, blackish green.
Jade is also found in Mexico, and Central and South America. Because of its smooth even texture, jade has long been a preferred material for carving and is usually cut into cabochons for jewelry.
Thought to protect the kidneys, liver, spleen, heart, larynx, thymus, and thyroid. Ancient people thought that wearing jade would increase body strength and add longevity. Jade is an ancient symbol of love and virtue


JADE (White)

White Jade used in the bead market is probably not Jade. The stone used as White Jade is semi-translucent with somewhat opaque inclusions dispersed evenly through the stone, giving a Jade-like appearance. The stone is reasonably hard (takes on a good polish).
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