The best quality jadeite, almost transparent with a vibrant emerald green color, is known as “imperial jade”. China's royal court had a standing order for all available materials of this type, and it's one of the most expensive gemstones in the world. For thousands of years, the Chinese have considered jade to be the most precious of all terrestrial objects. In the 18th century, with the new availability of jadeite, green became the most coveted color of all, and it still is.
However, all of the many colors of jade retain their own popularity. Lavender jade continues to be admired and adored. The value and desire of red jade, yellow jade, black jade, and especially icy jade continue to increase. The best jade is translucent and soft to the touch.
Its color is vivid and striking and reflects light like water. There are also opaque stones, but they are quite cheap. Needless to say, the most valuable and coveted jade is a specific shade of green, also called imperial jade. This is one of the most expensive and highly sought after gemstones.
Other popular shades of green jade include kingfisher jade, apple jade and moss jade in the snow. One aspect to consider when buying colorful jade jewelry is the authenticity of the color; some retailers sell colorful jade items that have been improved, making them appear more valuable than they actually are. China's popular lamb fat jade is a kind of creamy white nephrite, while its opaque white to light brown versions are known as chicken bone jade. The beautiful word jade comes from the Spanish stone of the ijada, which means “the stone of colic” because the ancient Mayans and Aztecs believed that jade could cure pain on the sides of the body.
Although the word jade is almost synonymous with green, in reality jade comes in a range of rainbow colors, as well as black and white. For a more elegant look, jade cocktail rings, elegant earrings and eye-catching pendants can be dazzling and eye-catching. While only rated 6 to 7 on the Mohs scale, jade is quite scratch-resistant and high-quality jade is excellent in jewelry for everyday use. Other jewelry gemstones, such as topaz or amethyst, can easily cut jade, making it a good way to differentiate real and fake jade.
Proponents of metaphysical gemstones believe that the jade stone provides the wearer with greater clarity and even access to the spiritual world; there are many published guides available on the different types of jade and their ability to increase wisdom and intuition. After green, lavender jade is the second most valuable, and black, orange and red jade are also popular. Chinese jade jewelry, in particular, is set to grow rapidly in the luxury goods sector, and interest in China's rich cultural heritage will be a key factor in the investment potential of jade jewelry and decorative arts in the coming years. All jade lovers should know the differences between these two variations, in order to get what they are looking for when buying a new piece of jade jewelry.