For jadeite jade, vivid green is the most valuable color, however, for nephrite jade, which rarely reaches imperial green, white is more valuable than green. The clarity and brilliance of a jade are some of the characteristics that determine its value. The more transparent it is, the more it is worth. Both green and white jades can be opaque or translucent.
However, the most valuable type of jade, “imperial jade”, has a very intense green color and is extremely transparent, without any inclusions. White jade was considered to be the most precious and valuable stone in ancient China. Its value was equivalent to the way the West values diamonds and gold. It was highly prized for its beauty and durability, symbolized purity and moral integrity, even indestructibility, and was often used to make the so-called funeral jade costume for the richest and most important people in the country.
Today we know that white or creamy nephrite is much more common and not as valuable as white jadeite, which is a very rare stone and can still be appreciated more than gold in Asian countries. The purpose can affect the value so much that the small jade object can be much more expensive than a larger-scale jade sculpture. The most expensive examples of jade are found in the so-called Imperial Jade color, which is an intense and vibrant emerald green. According to an old Chinese proverb (gold has a value, jade is priceless), it's easier to value gold than to establish the value of jade, because it often exceeds the value of the stone.
White jade is associated with the crown and heart chakra, while green jade is related to the heart chakra. For example, one of the most expensive ancient objects made of jade is a Neolithic vessel called a jade cone with a sacred face of humans and animals from the Liangzhu culture. Do not overdry jade because it contains water in its composition and jades that are too dry show imperfections and damage more vividly. In these cases, jade stones are most valuable when they are thick, symmetrical and proportional; there should be no defect or imperfection on the surface of a jade stone visible to the naked eye and some shapes must be uniform, without flat spots or irregularities.
Green jade pendants and bracelets are recommended for people struggling with depression and forgiveness. Because of this decisive factor when evaluating this type of jade stone, some people treat or bleach jade to hide and eliminate any signs of discoloration before applying it with colored polymers; these artificially altered jadeites are not as valuable as their untreated counterparts.