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. Jadeite, one of the 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.
Many of us think of the rich bottle green color when we think of jade, and this is no coincidence. The more green jade you have, the higher its value. The most expensive examples of jade are found in the so-called Imperial Jade color, which is an intense and vibrant emerald green. To achieve the highest possible value, the jade stone must be as pure as possible, without spots of gray or other colors.
Imperial jade, as one of the most expensive gemstones in the world, can sometimes be worth millions of dollars. 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. 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. The jade market is complex and constantly changing, making it difficult to assign a definitive value to a single piece of jade.
Jade is known for its distinctive vibrant green color, but white jade is sometimes just as valuable. 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. Each jade pearl measures 17.35 mm to 20.71 mm and is made of jade from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). 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.
Finding the piece of jade that's right for you is a very personal thing, so it makes sense to ensure that you get the security you deserve when choosing your jade. The purpose can affect the value so much that the small jade object can be much more expensive than a larger-scale jade sculpture. 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.