Posted by: Moira Drexler | November 8, 2010

Jade – what is it?

Jade is a stone that is never out of fashion; it is striking and beautiful. Different people have used it through the ages.  Native Americans for example, worked with jade. To them it was sacred and its colour a symbl of life giving water.  The Aztecs loved it and made gifts of jade to the King of Spain.  Jewellery houses such as Cartier and Van Cleef and Arpels, just to name a few, imported jade from China in the 1920’s.  At this time, it really became popular to the western world.

But what is jade actually?  The word jade refers tto two different types of materials, jadeite and nephrite.

Jade cabochon ring

Jadeite is normally green and si found from the palest of green colour to the most brilliant shade of emerald green.  The emerald green it is, the more valuable and sought after it is.Imperial Jade is the finest being a very deep emerald green colour and translucent at the same time.  Jade also comes in lavender colour, red, pink, brown, black , cream to white.  Jadeite comes from Burma.

Jade drop earrings available from Kellies Antiques, Brisbane.

Nephrite ususally comes in a dark green colour and is less valuable than jadeite.  Nephrite can be brown too or grey.  White nephrite is often called ‘mutton fat’ jade.  Nephrite comes from Siberia, New Zealand, Germany, Italy and probably lots of other places.

Treat Jade with respect, pack it well and don’t drop it!



  1. I love those jade earrings – I think a trip to kellies is in order.

  2. These are Art Deco style set with Jade, Onyx and diamonds. Lovely dangly bits!!!

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