The Beauty of Jade
Can anyone have a love affair with a mineral? You can if the mineral is Jade! Not the boulder taken from a river stream or splintered pieces blasted from a cliff, but exquisite carvings fashioned by the hand of man.
Collecting jade is like collecting old, gold coins, rare snuff-bottles or 18th Century gold-enamel boxes. Fortunate is the individual who has the wealth to engage in such a rewarding pastime. A connoisseur of jade is a person possessed.
Is $200,000 too much to pay for a jade necklace? Not really. Imperial jade is as rare as a natural colored deep blue diamond and consequently warrants a high price. You can never know all there is to know about jade. You also can become aware that you are not alone in your seemingly lack of comprehensive knowledge.
But even the boulder stones can be so gentle and precious that one can fall in love with them.
Types of Jade
There are two types of jade . Jadeite and nephrite. As for the origin, the finest jadeite comes from the Myitkyina district of Upper Burma. Gem quality nephrite is mined (or was) in the province of Sinkiang. As far as the Chinese jade is concerned both minerals are called simply "jade."
Chemically, nephrite is (a variety of the actinolite-tremolite series). Jadeite is equally complex being with several elements in its composition.
Indices of Refraction and Specific gravity are around 1.6 and 2.9 for Nephrite and 1.66 and 3.3 for Jadeite. This makes both types very similar in their properties. Jade occurs in colors other than shades of green, for example, mauve, brown, red, yellow, pale blue, orange, white, and black.
Fake vs Real Jade
Today many false stones are being marketed as jade. Geographic locations or mentioning other stones in the name are just about a strong indication that something is not jade.Therefore we have faux jade, such as : Afghanistan jade, African, Agate, Alaska, Amazon, Asian jade, Australian, Dushan, Fire jade, Honan, Imperial Mexican, India, Jasper, Jiuquan, Korea, Lemon, Malaysian, Manchurian, Nanyang, New, Pectolite jade, Pulga, Rhode Island, Serpentine, Siberian, Styrian, South African Jade, Vesuvianite, Xiuyan jade...
With all the above jades and some others, one should be careful, since very often they are one of the following minerals: green variety of garnet - grossular, agate, pectolite, green feldspar, serpentine, saussurite, opal, steatite, calcite, aventurine, tremolite, quartzite, soapstone, pectolite, or californite. Take a look here for more info on fake jade.
How to make sure you get the real thing for your money?
Well, there is no guarantee. You can safeguard yourself to an extent by purchasing from a reputable place, be it online or ofline. If you are purchasing jewelry, inspecting the setting of the stone may get you additional hints. As a rule, usually the more precious gold or white gold items are equipped with real genuine stones. On the other hand, even silver jewelry can be adorned with real jades. So, make sure you get real jade, especially if you want to use it in crystal healing, or as crystal therapy jewelry.