Green Imperial Jade

  Green Jade is also known as imperial jadeite.

Throughout Chinese history nephrite had its place with people as tools weapons knives and the most precious was imperial jade used for jewelry.  Imperial jade is a very particular sort of the gemstone a mixture between the green color and translucency which is very rare.

Imperial Jade

Also known as spinach and emerald green which is the most valuable version of the jadeite - jade 

Artists create sculptures from and one of the most popular are Buddha statues beside of the colors already indicated there is blue which is mainly found in Central America notably Guatemala and Honduras even the old Maya and Olmecs used it as body decoration and for ritual purposes.

The first part of the production chain are always raw or rough jade rocks chunks pebbles and boulders. The next creations step are usually jewelry and sculptures ornaments  and figurines. 

jade Buddha pendants
jade and gold rings

There are lustrous imperial jade rings plus beautiful high end bracelets and bangles. Imperial jade is the high end just what buyers want who have enough cash somehow at diamond or ruby level the interesting is that all of this precious stones are mined in Myanmar (Burma). 
Most gemstones are available in Myanmar since diamonds and rubies are also found in Myanmar and a endless list of gemstones are mined in the country.
  • Mystic pendants and all kind of other body decoration the green gemstone is used for. Some people interpreted other ideas into it and still do, such as guarding spirits and protecting the body against certain ailments. This is one of the reasons why most pendants show a mystic carved to picture on it which is somehow a kind of spirit sprinkling inherit in the jade.
  • Jadeite colors are spread over the rainbow spectrum.
jade colors are many

while nephrite colors are rather dull and at a limited spectrum, typical is dark green, black, and yellow. A major difference to jadeite jade is the last has similar color throughout the stone; the color in the first is different according to textures. Chinese gave a particular name this is "mutton fat" because of the cream color and transparency, it is used since thousands of years for various purposes as indicated above, they also made great green pendants from.

green jade pendants from a Myanmar shop

The raw or rough jade stones from Myanmar look better and is mainly used for jewelry and sculptures. This is often the point where cheating starts since people fill the cracks with resin under high pressure to make it look better which it actually does but after a few years this resin disappears and it gets ugly and no more emerald green and shiny.

Some quality parameter of imperial jade are the particular texture the color clarity translucency and no cracks. 

emerald green jade necklace with gold and diamonds

  • Precious stones and minerals.

Precious stones and minerals a constant source to cheat other people who have less experience and simply don't know, the rule is when buying for more than around thousand dollars take a consultant with you or insist that the seller come with you and the precious item to a lab to evaluate. Don't believe anything what salespeople say, they tell anything you want to hear to make a sale.

pretty jadeite bracelet
Pretty jadeite bracelet
imperial jade carved pendant

There is enough imperial jade out there in the whole price range cheap and expensive at one of the biggest market in Yangon Myanmar, the Bogyoke Market pretty genuine jewelry of this mineral is already available for below $ 10,- and it is visible why the texture and color is not very good.

When people are shopping for the real valuable grade A. Imperial jade it will quickly move above the four digit dollar price range. When people talk about the gemstone they automatically consider green but this is only one hue available, there are plenty of other and all have the same tough and great properties.

Other are blue, lavender, black, violet, purple, white, yellow, brown etc. everyone can get the color   she or he likes.

  • The ultimate gemstone.

antique bangle with carvings
antique green white bangle in a KL shop

Chinese people are fascinated by this gemstone for thousands of years. In Asia Imperial Jade is used for jewelry and collecting antique or just as beautiful valuable and decorative objects, typical are laughing Buddha statues in various hues.

Bracelets, necklaces, bangles, pendants look good and fits most fashion styles since there are many variants and colors.

Taking a bangle e.g. it comes in different color, carved or not and sometimes its with gold, silver or platinum. Beside of functioning as body decoration the mineral has a mythical aura built up over thousands of years when in it was used in China as ritual stone in various forms, carving and functions. Most items today are Burma jade since the country has the best quality.

  • How to find out the value of imperial jade?

First the stones are sold rough per piece and not per carat. It's texture pattern and translucency also play a vital role in determining its value it also has to be natural not tainted. Historically, it was considered more valuable than gold and silver.

Today counting carat jadeite is more valuable than adiamond. Jewelry are exquisite pieces of ranging from beads and pearls to earrings, belt buckles, hair pins plus pendants. There are carvings that exhibit figures, as well as animals like elephants and mythical horses and other creatures, even chicken. Trading with this items can be a very profitable business but it needs quite some knowledge and experience.


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