Jade is an ideal mineral for jewelry since it is almost as hard as a diamond,resistant to almost anything among them acid and extreme heat. Jadeite Jade jewelry such as bracelets, bangles, pendants, necklaces, earrings is beautiful, attractive and mythical body decoration. Most has two things in common, first it’s natural and second it’s from Myanmar. All what's called “Chinese jade” is usually nephrite and if it is jadeite it's actually imported from Myanmar as raw and manufactured into sculptures and other pieces of art, such as Buddha statues etc..
Men's jewelry are usually rings with one large gemstone dominating, there are old fashioned cabochon designs but also very modern creations, this are simple and beautiful in various carving patterns and shapes. As pendants people like dragons, Buddha carvings, Chinese characters, flowers and more, this is translucent to opaque.
Expensive items to wear are
usually made from jadeite, the green raw material from Myanmar or Burma. Some Chinese believe that this is a living stone; its color deepens over time being of supernatural origin.
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There are two separate stones that go by this name: nephrite, a silicate of calcium and magnesium, and jadeite a silicate of sodium and aluminum.
An old Chinese legend tells how an ancient king was once cured of an illness by wearing a jade jewelry. Many like to wear it because of its alleged protective and curative powers, read more.
It can be worked into exquisite pieces of jewelry such as bangles jewelry, beads, pendants, earrings, hairpins and more.
There is also a wide spectrum of colors such as green, white, lavender, black, brown, blue, pink and purple are most popular.
Carved items come in all variants
such as amulets and pendants usually depicting a Buddha image. The stone in blue is found in Guatemala and Honduras, already the Maya and Olmecs used it to make various items, including knives for religious ceremonies and weapons.
Imperial jade is the real special material and can fetch the highest prices, in particular when it shows a high degree of translucency.
But it is necessary to be careful when buying, beads, a Buddha, dragon and other things. Why? Sometimes technical means are used to make a highly valued piece of out of a poor one and that's a cheat unless the seller clearly states it which they don't do. Actually if it would stay like this it might be not so bad but it wont.
To enhance, some chemicals are injected
Means finally it gets the desired look and value but it will fade away after about 3 years, this is done in China and also in Myanmar. A normal buyer who takes it from the store is not able to recognize the difference. When intending to buy great something for over about $ 1000, - take an expert with you to be protected.
to buy the jewelry, sculptures and raw stones are everywhere with large Chinese population such as in Singapore selling high end items at the Sands Casino Mall at Marina Bay. In Myanmar is one of the biggest sales shop cluster of the world with dozens of stores in Yangon’s Bogyoke market which is the premier bazaar in the world. There are real beautiful crafted pieces available which are often expensive, some are very and others less, some can be purchased for a bargain price, it needs some haggling and flexibility.
|Jade shop in Singapore|
On the other hand at least this is genuine and non-manipulated, the selection is enormous there is no place on earth with so many high and low quality jade shops side by side.
This is not only for jewelry there are also fine sculptures of Buddha usually in green and white up to around 1.80 meters high, bigger on request, but the price moves up exponentially with the size, this are real eye catcher and some of them are
even encrusted with gold and ruby dust. There are also mythical Chinese and Indian figures. The stores also sell wholesale, actually all this is amazingly low priced if not absolute top notch imperial items are demanded. There are also other markets in the city but this one is the best.
These body decorations look always good,
it implicates value and beauty and is a real "eye catcher" as body decoration of a women, read more about necklaces. Earrings are rather seldom since they can’t be seen very well but can also look great and have exceptional value with the right material and metal combination all this is available at plenty of shops with dreams of most Chinese women.
A very interesting jade market is at Mae Sot in Thailand. Every day the people smuggle the stones through because the border is quite open. On the main road are dozens of shops, including specialists to evaluate if needed.
They usually have it analyzed with a small torchlight, it tells much to a specialist for very high prices item use lab with a spectrometer. There are also cheap jade items just sold at the street.
All is relatively low prices because it is low quality, a genuine bangle start at $ 10, - and even this looks quite impressive and you can be sure it’s pure because for such a low price no one start a fake process, it would be too costly.
In Chinese thinking the mineral
might be used to interact with heaven and propitiate the powers.
Traditionally they associate it with their five cardinal virtues: charity, modesty, courage, justice and wisdom.
Philosophers taught that and if swallowed under the right conditions, would confer the ability to live for thousands of years plus the power of rendering oneself invisible, plus the
ability to fly.
There are, of course, few who continue to hold to such beliefs about jadeite jewelry, but aside from the superstitions attached to it, it is, in fact, a very beautiful stone.
In most parts of Southeast Asia if you observe Chinese ladies dressed up well, they are seldom without it.
Our website tries to make the user understand the material
and indicate the traps when buying plus to show the value and beauty. This is for people
who want to look a bit different yet conservative stylish. Buddha jade pendants are some of the most popular together with bangles and rings. They often have carving with good details but sometimes not and other figures such as elephant, dragon and other mythical carvings are available, others are amulets, knives plus more.
|Plenty of Jadeite Colors|
Interestingly, the name comes from the Greek word for kidney
It reflects the idea that ground-up jade is a cure for kidney ills. The difference between jadeite and nephrite is not big, its color, texture and hardness. Jadeite brings better saturated colors and takes a higher polish, while nephrite looks more oily than glossy.
Where it comes from
Although China has long been the emporium for art objects fashioned in jade it is only seldom found in China anymore, since deposits are depleted. The green stone is imported from other countries, notably Myanmar or Burma. But now nephrite comes from New Zealand, and jadeite mainly from Myanmar.
It is also often found in riverbeds where it has been washed down from the mountains plus quarried from mountains, but for some reason Chinese prefer "riverbed jade" since it its very smooth. As seen at the photos here it comes in a variety of colors ranging from pure white, through yellow, red, and blue to black which all is the right material to create beautiful jewelry.
For prices just look at the labels,
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About jade prices
Bangles, pendants and necklaces are most common in all price ranges, the deeper the green and the better transparency, the higher the price. The pricing varies tremendously; more is involved than just the intrinsic value of a piece. The color, shape, quality and especially age play an important roles.
In Hong Kong a item can be obtained for as little as $4. In Myanmar or Burma, the main source of Jadeite this days, one can get a very pretty bangle for about $ 10,- in the Bogyoke Aung Sang market in Yangon or Rangoon, but the same shop also sells bangles for around $ 5000,- it depends how the precious piece looks like.
In Europe and America higher prices for jade treasures usually prevail. People say if a stone is too dark, say, moss green, or too light, with much yellow tint, that is the sign of an inferior stone. The best quality is lush green, vibrant, with a lot of shine in it, it should be almost translucent.