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On The Jeweler's Bench. Gemstone Jade.     Date added: 07/17/2015
 

Gemstone. Jade comprises two different mineral species.

Nephrite Jade is a variety of the mineral Actinolite, and Jadeite Jade ia a variety of the mineral Pyroxene. Today, the largest source of lapidary Nephrite Jade is mined in Canada. Nephrite Jade is cut into cabochon gemstones, beads and ornamental carvings. The color of Nephrite Jade is mostly green and gray, however, it can be found in translucent and opaque white plus various browns. Nephrite Jade has a dull luster and is medium hard at 6 - 6.5 on the Mohs scale, plus it measures 1.606 - 1.632 on the refractive index.  

 

Jewels Luxus Jewelry Serene Ring - Nephrite Jade Cabochon Ring

Jewels Luxus Jewelry Serene Ring

 

Jadeite Jade is rarer then Nephrite Jade, but it can be purchased in a greater variety of colors. Jadeite Jade is available in a wide range of greens, including the famous Imperial Jade emerald-green color. Jadeite Jade can also be found in white, black, reds, pinks, and rare blue or violet. Jadeite is mined in California, British Columbia, Burma, New Zealand, Guatemala, and Italy. The most valuable Jadeite is the translucent greens with intense color, although white Jadeite is considered the most valuable for carvings in some cultures. Jadeite Jade measures 6 - 7 on the Mohs scale, 1.654 - 1.693 on the refractive index, and it is made into beads, cabochons, and carvings.

Jewels Luxus Jewelry has exquisite Jadeite Jade necklaces for sale. When purchasing Jade look for pure, intense color and remember that translucent Jade costs more.


Jewels Luxus Jewelry Wow Necklace.
Butterscotch Jadeite / Green Jadeite Necklace with Black Onyx and Crystal Quartz.

Jewels Luxus Jewelry Wow Necklace

 

Comments

08/07/2015, 07:22:58 PM

"Jewels Luxus jade jewelry is beautifully finished. Thanks for defining gemstone jade."

03/23/2013, 03:00:10 PM

"Heckuva good job. I sure appreciate it."

03/08/2013, 04:42:42 PM

"I have learned a lot today about gemstone Jade. Thank you, Jewels Luxus. I love the beautiful Wow necklace in Jadeite."

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