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. This pair of jadeite and diamond earrings was sold at a Christie's auction in Hong Kong, setting a record for a pair of earrings like this one. Jadeite cabochons (smooth stones) have high domes, set on backrests mounted in 18-carat white gold.
Jade cabochons are approximately 26.41 x 21.81 x 11.08 mm in size. Later, after the looting by the British and French armies in 1860 of the Beijing Summer Palace, where many Chinese jade objects were stolen and then headed to Europe, Damour re-analyzed the jade. Although nephrite jade is the original skystone from China, fine jadeite, as shown here, is the most coveted jades in today's Chinese community. Jade is known for its distinctive vibrant green color, but white jade is sometimes just as valuable.
People have appreciated jade gemstones since ancient times, and some carved jade artifacts date back to 3500 BC. C. Like many of the jade pieces on this list, when Doubly Fortunate was sold, it was at the time the most expensive piece of jade jewelry ever sold at auction. Each jade pearl measures 17.35 mm to 20.71 mm and is made of jade from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma).
One of the first national sources of the stone were the White Jade (Yurungkash) and Black Jade (Karakash) rivers, near the city of Hetian (; a). In Chinese culture, jade is particularly important, as jade jewelry is believed to bring good luck and protection.