Natural Jade

Natural Jade Stone.

Natural jade jadeite and Nephrite can be found as raw mineral and in the shop as jewelry ornaments sculptures and figurines. 

To start this chain jadeite is mined in Kachin state Myanmar where boulders extracted from dykes are up to around 10 to 20 meters in length and up to around 8 meters thick.  One of the rather strange carvings they make from solid jade stones is oval ones which Chinese people hold in the hand when they have to make an important decision it must be genuine or “Zhen-yu'”. 

A good expert will take a tiny bit of jadeite into the spectroscopic scan it and X-ray diffraction analysis. They will compare the example with the structure of 2 genuine samples. The specific gravity of the mineral can also be determined, which indicates whether the piece is genuine or not. Smaller purchases are usually tested with torchlight and lots of experience as can be seen in the picture. Of course, you cant make this analysis at the jade market so we pointed to a known specialist and some simple tools such as a UV light.

Natural Jade Buddha

The boulder indicated here was around 10 m to 20 m below surface with a approximate weight of over 3000 tons. Just imagine how many attractive Jade Buddha could be made from such a jade boulder? Versions of natural jadeite jade for sale are rough stones rock and chunks.

Over thousands of years Chinese People fixed all kind of attributes to the mineral which includes different idea to the color variants such as orange bring inner peace and green has some healing properties and black brings help at negative situations.

This is leading to the situation that Chinese men are buying black pendants and rings to ward off negative influences and these pretty little jewelry are often easily reaching a couple thousand dollars.

Usually the pendants are decorated by fitting carving.

It is also the birthstone for March and for Chinese this is the “Stone of Heaven” by any means, actually, they are well known to be very suspicious. Here are plenty of photos to give you a better understanding, just look at the magnificent colors.

Imperial Natural Jade Pendant sold in Yangon's Bogyoke Market.
The mineral has a mysterious character which was build up for a long time and today this is used by the sales men in the shops to pull the money of the customers and amazingly they like it when they get stripped of their earned cash. Just watch this imperial green jade pendant they sold it in the Bogyoke Market in Yangon for $ 17.000,- in 2015 and since then prices went up again for about 30% it's incredible.

Visiting any jade shop in Singapore or KL every clerk tells buy now prices rise dramatically buy there are still whole mountains in Hpakant in Myanmar bearing enough jadeite for the next few hundreds of years. Actually they found more nephrite in recent years in Canada B.C. and Australia than the Chinese ever mined in the last 6000 years there is still enough buried in mother earth.

jade colors

Actually, the Chinese Ladies are on the forefront of the follower of jade fashion and they like attractive colors.. Legends surround this green stone such as immortality and since this, it also had a touch of macho during certain time periods they sent out naked virgins to collect “river jade” long time ago and not long ago some items were sold at Christie's Hong Kong for multiple millions.

Newly rich Chinese collectors are buying the old treasures that once have been stolen from their country, mainly British stole immense quantities and values for the crown similar as they did in Myanmar (Burma) with rubies and teak.

Old carvings are hoarded and investors speculate to a make a “golden cut” just watch this pretty pictures.

The real business with natural jade in Burma started in the eighteenth century.  It seems the volume imports into China’s Yunnan province started at that time. 

raw black and green jadeite jade

Natural Myanmar jade is pyroxene which measure around 7 on Moh's scale for hardness. The physical parameters are for sure better compared to nephrite which is commonly defined as "Chinese Jade". Anyway both are prime raw jade cut stones

Map of Kachin State natural jade-stone mining.

That jadeite boulder color is a blend of green white and dark red veins. But the everyday extractions are usually not as big. After taking them out from the underground the raw pieces will be sorted and evaluated.

Myanmar natural jadeite Jade Mine (1)

Jadeite and nephrite are different stones it can be categorized into Chinese Jade which is Nephrite and "Myanmar Jade" which is jadeite. ... The most valuable type of jade is imperial jade with traces of chromium which actually make the green color of the stone.

There are three categories of Natural Jade.

  • First is the top quality mineral which is imperial jade and high price jewelry is made from. 
  • The next quality is commercial jadeite, normally used for sculpturing and medium priced jewelry and the 
  • last quality is so called utility jade which is used for cheaper jewelry plus sculpturing and other items.

The classification is relative to color translucency texture size and clarity means inclusions and flaws. A additional selection is done in consideration of the color. At the mines are people who have got plenty of experience in evaluation the green stone the main problem with evaluation is nobody can look into the stone naturally so they cut the jade stone. Natural Jade Mine in Myanmar with gemstones Boulder. IOne of the valleys they extract the green stones is shown below. This one looks still good but many Myanmar mountains in upper Burma's Kachin state have been blasted apart with explosives there is no much thinking about the environmental impact. 

Natural Jade mines in Myanmar

Many jade boulder look pretty on the surface for a few centimeter and worst inside imagine someone buying a rock for thousands of dollars and when back home in the jade shop after cutting the mineral they find that out and thousands of dollars went down the drain its a risky business. They overcome this partially when mines take boulders and have them cut one or two times before selling. That's one of the biggest risk in raw jade trading not only in the Bogyoke Market in Yangon.

The geological reserves of gem class jadeite.

The geological reserves of gem class jadeite are high on the the surface and below were it  is easy to mine rich deposits. High quality deposits of natural stones with fine texture and great color are plenty the only parameter which is rather hard to satisfy is translucency, that’s the stuff where it gets difficult and very expensive.

The low level commercial grade stones with still good colors, good luster and fine texture are even used for decorative purposes of homes and offices better ones for decorative arts.