Making jade jewelry and sculptures
The main buyer of jade are Chinese people who love this gemstone, jewelries are rings, pendants, necklaces, bangles, Buddha sculptures are also popular but they can get very expensive when in green color.
Much more Myanmar / Burmese Jadeite Jade is here with large pictures
Most people use white and lavender versions, here we talk mainly about Myanmar Jade. The mineral is by far one of the oldest decorative gems with a real use and certain health properties, such as good for kidneys and overall health. You might ask yourself what has a stone to do with health, kidney etc.? they grind the stone mix it with water and drink it. There are two types one is jadeite, that’s the good thing and is rare, the other is nephrite and is abundant.
This result is real beautiful oriental jewelry with good quality and mostly expensive. Very
Jade Buddha Sculpture
from the KL Jade Museum
The gemstones come in many different colors.
and are formed in geological subduction zones. This zones come up when two tectonic plates bang together. The plate that moves downwards moves minerals with and temperature plus pressure creates this stone. This happen in the past and the distribution is twofold, one is nephrite which is abundant and available in many countries on the globe, the other is jadeite which is only available in Myanmar’s Kachin state, actually this is the better stuff in terms of colors, hardness, texture, transparency and people want natural gemstones.
In the past it was crafted for spear hears, lance tops, axes and other things, in the last century it become more and more a material for jewelry and ornamentation.
Nephrite comes in several categories.
Polar jade is from mines in northern Canada, the bubble version is shaped as the name indicates like grapes. The vulcan version is covered with a golden brown skin that seems to be currently only coming from California.
To create pieces of art and jewelry drilling is done, it’s quite difficult because the mineral is extremely hard, only a bit less than diamonds, the top question is always, is it genuine?