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What Is Jade Jewelry ?

Jade is a kind of jewelry that is easy to get and inexpensive to buy. It looks great on necklaces, bracelets and earrings when mixed with other stones.

As for the history of Jade, Part of the appeal of jade is its mystique.For 5,000 years Imperial China used the word "jade" as something precious, just like English people use gold since Chinese people believe jade has all the attributes most valued in society, which is a symbol of purity and serenity. This jewelry is delicate but will not break, beautiful but not impermanent. Besides, it can be flawed with lines but still pleasing.

 Jade Jewelry

Jade is remarkably tough. It is used by ancient civilizations for axes and weapons. The Aztecs even taxed it. However, because of its smooth texture, it was soon carved into ornaments and jewelry. Chinese jade first arrived in the West during the sixteenth century which is brought by the Portuguese from Canton.

Today jade continues to be a symbol of love, virtue, and status. It is believed to radiate divine unconditional love and balance the emotions. Held in the hand it can improve judgment - silk traders clasped jade while bartering. Worn around the neck, jade was said to dispel illness and cure kidney problems. It was even used to bring immortality. Entire jade suits have been found in ancient emperors' tombs!

 Jade Jewelry

Carved in China is from Burma, the colors of most jade are green, lavender, yellow, white and grey. Naturally these colors form over millions of years from minerals in the rock. Among those colors, the emerald-green color of Imperial Jade jadeite is the most sought after by collectors. It was realized that jade was being applied to two different minerals: jadeite and nephrite, which could be traced back 150-years ago. 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.

The best jade has a waxy, pearly appearance, making it to feel cool and smooth. It seems soft to the touch, however, if you give it a pressure from a sharp knife, it is hard enough from being left a mark. Quality rocks are usually cut into smooth dome shapes with a name cabochons. They are sold by the piece rather than per carat. Translucency, texture, and pattern are also being paid attention to, though the overall color is the most important factor. Certain patterns are highly valued, such as moss in snow.

Jade are usually made into necklaces and bracelets. It will be a great idea to try mixing different shapes with complimenting colors to produce stylish jewelry. Matching jade earrings also look good. If you are going to sell jade jewelry, design matching sets will boost your business. Apart from jade beads, jadeite bangles are also extraordinarily popular in Asia. As recent as the art deco period, some have fetched hundreds of thousands of dollars in auctions. As a result, buyers expect jade to be expensive. If you're selling hand-crafted jade jewelry, this helps your bottom line.

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