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Jade - The Different Colors, Sizes and Shapes

Jade is one of the most popular gemstones and has enjoyed an extremely rich history throughout the world. While Jade is extremely popular in Europe and the Americas, it is truly one of the most popular stones in Asia steeped with deep traditions and religious associations.

One of the reasons that Jade is so popular is the many different colors that it comes in. While it’s most popular color is green, which is usually a rich and intense green with a greasy finish, Jade can actually come in a wide variety of colors including white, grey, yellow and orange. Jade actually denotes two stones, which up until 1863, were thought to be the same mineral. These mineral stones are Jadeite and Nephrite. Of the two Jadeite is the rarer stone and while it does come in many different colors, the most popular are its beautiful greens and whites. Nephrite comes in usually green and white.

Jade is mined in large masses and usually wholesaled in Asia many times at auction. These blocks are usually sold as is, without the buyer being able to peer deep inside the stone. When bidding if the buyer is lucky, he will get a high quality stone with rich colors, if not the interior of the stone will be of a poor Jade quality.

Jade is mined in a size that makes many objects possible. For instance, it has been used in the past as blades for knives or daggers and Jade has been made into statues and ornaments. Today, Jade is used for either ornamental jewelry or for small tobacco boxes or small jewelry cases.

How and Where is Jade Formed and Found?

Jade is one of the more popular and more traditional stones used for ornamental jewelry and other artwork. Jade should be noted is two distinct stones, however these stones were known to be the same up until 1863. Since then, Jade is still considered both stones to avoid confusion. The two stones that make up Jade are Jadeite, which is a silicate and has sodium and aluminum, as well as traces of pyroxene and chromium. Nephrite is the second type of Jade; it consists of calcium and magnesium.

Usually Jadeite contains chromium, which gives it is wonderful intense green color, Jadeite can come in many colors including grey, pink, and white. Nephrite usually comes in lighter greens and white alone.

Jade had many uses and was extremely popular in Far East Asia, in fact, while popular in Europe, the America’s and Africa, it does not compare to its popularity and traditions in Far East Asia that Jade reflects. Jade is a very hard stone and in some ways even tougher than steal. It was used as knifes and daggers in the past and was easily sculpted with the use of quartz or even Jade sand.

Jade is found in many regions and usually comes in large blocks. Jade is usually found in Asia, specifically China and Myanmar, as well as Russia, and South America. Jade comes in large masses and then it is cut into rather big blocks. Many times these blocks are auctioned off with only the buyer being able to see the exterior of the block. If the buyer is lucky, the interior of the stone’s block will contain rich, high quality Jade, if unlucky, it may contain lower quality, more common forms of Jade.

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