JADE, a gem variety of both Jadeite and Nephrite
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VARIETY INFORMATION:

  • VARIETY OF: both jadeite and nephrite
  • USES: Gemstone and ornamental stone.
  • COLOR: shades of emerald green as well as white, gray, yellow, orange and violet.
  • INDEX OF REFRACTION: is approximately 1.66 (jadeite) and 1.62 (nephrite)
  • HARDNESS: 6.5 - 7
  • CLEAVAGE: does not apply due to massive nature of jade
  • CRYSTAL SYSTEM: monoclinic
  • SPECIMENS
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Jade is a name that was applied to ornamental stones that were being brought to Europe from China and Central America. It wasn't until 1863 that it was realized that the name "Jade" was being applied to two different minerals. The two minerals are both exquisite for the purposes that jade is put to task and are hard to distinguish from each other. So what to do? Leave it alone and call them both Jade!

Jadeite is almost never found in individual crystals and is composed of microscopic interlocking crystals that produce a very tough material. Nephrite is actually not a mineral, but a variety of the mineral actinolite. The nephrite variety is composed of fibrous crystals inter-twinned in a tough compact mass. Other actinolite varieties are quite different from nephrite.

The toughness of jade is remarkable. It has a strength greater than steel and was put to work by many early civilizations for axes, knives and weapons. It was later that jade became a symbolic stone used in ornaments and other religious artifacts during the eons.

Today jade is still valued for its beauty. Its many colors are appreciated, but it's the emerald green color (that jadeite produces so well) that is highly sought after by artwork collectors. This emerald green jade called "Imperial Jade" is colored by chromium. Other colors are influenced by iron (green and brown) and manganese is thought to produce the violet colors. Nephrite is usually only green and creamy white, while jadeite can have the full range of jade's colors.

Jade Jewelry - Hover over an item for more information
ZOE + SYD Gold-Tone Flower Statement Necklace, Womens
For fresh-picked appeal, drape your neckline in this fanciful floral statement necklace showcasing a large gold-tone bloom and a mix of genuine gemstones in soft feminine shades. Metal: Gold-tone metalStones: Genuine fire agate, yellow jade, black...Only $156.23 at jcpenney
no photoZOE + SYD Gold-Tone Flower Statement Necklace, Womens
$156.23
jcpenney
Black Jade, 2.00ct t.w. Multi-Stone Bypass Ring in 14kt Yellow Gold
2.00 ct. tot. gem wt. peridot and garnet solitaires cap a bypass ring carved from black jade. Ring is set with 14kt yellow gold bezels.Only $125.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoBlack Jade, 2.00ct t.w. Multi-Stone Bypass Ring in 14kt Yellow Gold
$125.00
Ross-Simons
Jade Drop Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
Wear green: these pear-shaped jade drop earrings are the perfect way to wear one of the hottest hues of the season. Brighten up your look with ease and sophistication. Clutch/post, 14kt yellow gold earrings.Only $206.25 at Ross-Simons
no photoJade Drop Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold
$206.25
Ross-Simons
Multicolored Jade Trio Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold Over Sterling
Here's an exciting pair of earrings to express your fun personality, featuring vibrant trio clusters of green, lavender and red jade cabochons. Clip/post, 14kt yellow gold over sterling silver earrings.Only $71.25 at Ross-Simons
no photoMulticolored Jade Trio Earrings in 14kt Yellow Gold Over Sterling
$71.25
Ross-Simons
Jade Ring - Sterling Silver, Womens
Calming green jade takes on a simple design providing a kind of zen-like appeal. A lovely ring for a pretty, feminine anytime accent. Metal: Sterling SilverMetal Color: WhiteStones: Genuine green jade, 20x23mmWidth: 22.4x18.6mmSizes: 5-10, whole...Only $208.32 at jcpenney
no photoJade Ring - Sterling Silver, Womens
$208.32
jcpenney
Jade-Drop Chandelier Clip Earrings, Blue - Jose & Maria Barrera - Blue
Jose & Maria BarreraJade-Drop Chandelier Clip Earrings, BlueDetailsThese Jose & Maria Barrera clip earrings offer all the opulence of a chandelier silhouette and the organic appeal of jade. This duality makes them ideal for backyard soirees and...Only $390.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoJade-Drop Chandelier Clip Earrings, Blue - Jose & Maria Barrera - Blue
$390.00
Neiman Marcus
Lavender Jade Sea Turtle Pendant With Garnet Accent in Sterling Silver
Creature comfort. It's easy to fall for this sea turtle pendant, complete with its lavender jade shell and garnet accent eye. Fixed bale fits up to a 4mm chain, sold separately. Sterling silver pendant.Only $75.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoLavender Jade Sea Turtle Pendant With Garnet Accent in Sterling Silver
$75.00
Ross-Simons
Green Jade Y-Style Necklace in Sterling Silver. 18"
With this multi-shaped green jade y-style necklace, you'll convey the look of a far-off land without leaving the comfort of home. Graduated styling adds impact. Includes 2" extender. Sterling silver necklace.Only $232.50 at Ross-Simons
no photoGreen Jade Y-Style Necklace in Sterling Silver. 18"
$232.50
Ross-Simons
Green Jade - Sergio Lub Handmade Solid Copper Cuff Bracelet (lub8551)
"Elegant, handmade solid copper cuff bracelet with inlaid gems. This stunning bracelet is hand crafted in the USA, so no two are alike! Only available in size Medium."Only $44.95 at BillyTheTree
no photoGreen Jade - Sergio Lub Handmade Solid Copper Cuff Bracelet (lub8551)
$44.95
BillyTheTree
White Jade Bead Torsade Necklace With Sterling Silver. 18"
Free-form white jade bead torsade necklace has a fresh, crisp look. 18" with 1 1/2" extender. Multi-row necklace fastens with Sterling silver clasp.Only $59.95 at Ross-Simons
no photoWhite Jade Bead Torsade Necklace With Sterling Silver. 18"
$59.95
Ross-Simons
ZOE + SYD Color-Treated Fuchsia Jade Fringe Chandelier Earrings, Womens
Explore the fringe benefits of chandelier earrings that work for every day. Fuchsia jade interplays with multicolor crystals for a glowing blend of jewel tones no girl could resist. Metal: Zinc, brass and steelStones: Color-treated fuchsia jadeOther...Only $83.32 at jcpenney
no photoZOE + SYD Color-Treated Fuchsia Jade Fringe Chandelier Earrings, Womens
$83.32
jcpenney
Hoop Earrings with Pearls & White Jade - Devon Leigh - White
Devon LeighHoop Earrings with Pearls & White JadeDetailsTextured Devon Leigh hoop drop earrings.Naturally colored, freshwater cultured pearls.White jade drops wrapped in 24-karat yellow gold foil.French wire backs for pierced ears.3in drop.Designer...Only $325.00 at Neiman Marcus
no photoHoop Earrings with Pearls & White Jade - Devon Leigh - White
$325.00
Neiman Marcus
Cultured Pearl Cameo Ring in Charcoal Jade and 14kt Yellow Gold
An RS exclusive. Hand-carved in Torre del Greco, Italy by master cameo designers, this 3-3.5mm cultured freshwater pearl cameo ring is filled with charm. It features a carved shell center framed in 14kt gold and petite pearls. Charcoal jade ring with...Only $125.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoCultured Pearl Cameo Ring in Charcoal Jade and 14kt Yellow Gold
$125.00
Ross-Simons
Yellow Jade and 8.55 ct. t.w. CZ Drop Earrings in Sterling Silver
Elegant, round styling and 8.55 ct. t.w. CZ shimmering border sets these yellow jade earrings apart. Leverbacks, polished sterling silver earrings. CZ weights are diamond equivalents.Only $75.00 at Ross-Simons
no photoYellow Jade and 8.55 ct. t.w. CZ Drop Earrings in Sterling Silver
$75.00
Ross-Simons
14K Gold Over Sterling Silver Carved Jade Elephant Earrings, Womens
Elephants symbolize wisdom, nobility and strength. Let her know that she embodies all these things with these genuine green jade elephant earrings detailed in polished 14K gold over sterling silver. Metal: 14K yellow gold over sterling silverStones:...Only $145.81 at jcpenney
no photo14K Gold Over Sterling Silver Carved Jade Elephant Earrings, Womens
$145.81
jcpenney
 


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