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Everything You Should Know about Jade

The mystique of jade is a part of its appeal. Imperial China used the word "jade" as something precious for 5000 years because Chinese believe jade a symbol of purity and serenity, delicate but will not break, beautiful but not impermanent. Besides, it can be flawed with lines but still pleasing.

Jade is used by ancient civilizations for axes and weapons as it is remarkably tough. The Aztecs even taxed it. But it was soon carved into ornaments and jewelry due to its smooth texture. Chinese jade first arrived in the West during the 16th century, which was brought from Canton by the Portuguese.

Nowadays jade is still a symbol of love, virtue and status. People believe that it is able to radiate divine unconditional love and balance the emotions. For example, silk traders clasped jade while bartering by holding it in the hand because they think it can improve judgment. Also, jade was said to dispel illness and cure kidney problems if worn around the neck. It was even used to bring immortality. Entire jade suits have been found in ancient emperors' tombs!

 Jade stone


Carved in China from Burma, most jade features with shades of green, lavender, yellow, white and grey. Naturally these colors form over millions of years from minerals in the rock. The emerald-green color of "Imperial Jade" jadeite is the most sought after by collectors. Only 150-years ago, it was realized that the word jade was being applied to two different minerals: jadeite and nephrite. The nephrite variety is composed of fibrous crystals inter-twinned in a tough compact mass. Nephrite is more abundant than jadeite and has fewer color varieties - usually less intense dark spinach greens, white, browns, and black.

Speaking of quality of Jade, the best jade has a waxy, pearly appearance. , it seems soft to the touch and feels cool. Quality rocks are usually cut into smooth dome shapes called cabochons, which are sold by the piece rather than per carat. Although the overall color is the most important factor, attention is also paid to translucency, texture, and pattern.

When you are going for a jade, identification is very important. There are there basic ways for you to distinguish genuine ones from fake ones.

First, you can look at it through naked eyes. If you bring the gem in bright light, you will be able to see a fibrous intertwining that resembles asbestos structure and pattern of 10X loupe. If you can see that in the stone, then it can be confirmed that it is a real nephrite or jadeite.


 Jade stone


Then comes to density. Jade is a high density gemstone with jadeite weighing around 3.3 and nephrite approximately 2.95 in density. When the stone falls back into your palms, it is a little heavier than the rest of the stones or equivalent to them. By clonking it against a real jade stone, one can also check whether he get an authentic jade. The sound produced after being clinked can offer help, too. If it gives a sound of a heavy stone, then it is a real jade. However, if the sound resembles more to a plastic collision, it means that you have a fake jade in your hand.

By using your hands, people can tell whether a jade is fake or not. A real jade must feel smooth, cold and soft just like a piece of soap, which may take some time to draw heat to get warm. This is a sign of pure jade.

After knowing the basic information of jade and ways that help you to get an idea of whether you are in for a fair deal or not, now you, to some extent, are not a outsider of jade world anymore. Therefore, if you do like to get a jade, you will find it helpful for your knowledge of the jemstone.

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