Jadeite, one of two distinct minerals commonly known as jade, is the rarest and hardest variety. Intense green jadeite, known as “imperial jade”, is also the most valued. However, durable jadeite can be found in many colors and is suitable for both intricate carvings and cabochons. Translucency is a subset of transparency, as explained by a Google search for its definition.
It is the amount of light that can pass through an object. The more light that can pass through, the more translucent the object will be. In jadeite, the greater the translucency of a piece of jadeite, the more valuable it is. Translucency is also a factor in how thin a piece of jadeite is.
As such, thinner pieces of jadeite, which are transparent and translucent, are valuable, however, they will pale compared to a thicker piece with similar translucency. The price differences are also clearly evident. A completely clean, translucent piece of jadeite of considerable thickness is likely to be much more expensive than a thinner piece. The most expensive type of jade is type A.
In addition to the type, we must also consider if it is jadeite or nephrite, and where it was found. Imperial jade from Burma is the most expensive type of jade. It is the most expensive because it is of the highest quality, the most sought after color and is still today the most appreciated source of jadeite in the world. In an area where large jade rocks are found, they can also leave traces of jade in the rock deposit, usually in former subduction zones that are now exposed thanks to inclement weather.
The biggest auctions in the world focusing solely on latex are Myanmar Jade Auctions and China Jade Auctions. The most valuable type of jade is imperial jadeite jade, which has a bright green, semitransparent and evenly distributed coloration. Therefore, it is always good to consult with a jade expert to choose the highest quality jade with an appropriate budget. Geographically, most jade is found around the edge of the Pacific Ocean, where that level of subduction has occurred, which is why most jade is found in New Zealand, East Asia, the United States, Canada, Central America and South America.
Masks made of jade and incense burners carved from jade have been found in association with religious ceremonies ranging from ancient China to Mesoamerica. Culture and history have a significant influence on the jade market and on the perception of jade as a gemstone. I started All About Jade because the popularity of jade has grown tremendously over the past decade and fine pieces from Burma have captured the world's attention in recent years. A master craftsman from China worked with jade that came from Burma at the time and this jade is known for being harder, denser and producing a greater shine once polished.
Both are highly praised, but because of the better qualities of the mineral jadeite, jadeite jade is more valuable than nephrite jade. Traditional jade bracelets are still a staple in the manufacture of jade jewelry and often incorporate other beads or materials such as gold. Jade is also used to make small sculptures, religious artworks, and ornaments, in addition to the normal jade jewelry you see in the store. From a mineralogical point of view, the value of jade also depends on the mineral composition, whether the jade is represented by nephrite or jadeite minerals.