Dahl Jewelers, Woodbridge, VA
For thousands of years, nephrite jade was used for tools, utensils and jewelry. Then, in the early part of the eighteenth century, a new type of jade was discovered in Burma. This new jade was called jadeite jade and it quickly became a very popular stone.
Jadeite jade was harder and more lustrous than nephrite jade. By 1750, the demand for Burmese jadeite jade was such that almost all its premium grade was being shipped to China to be made into many things, but mostly jewelry.
For jewelry, Burmese jadeite jade may be the perfect material. The experts recognize over two thousand shades of green in the Burma jadeite jade. And green is by no means the only color. Burmese jadeite jade, like other jadeite jades, comes in almost any color you can imagine. The brilliant greens, which can rival emeralds, come in such shades known as Imperial, Kingfisher and Apple. Jadeite jade can also be white, brown, yellow, red, black and the beautiful, delicate lavender, just to name a few.
A word of caution should be interposed here. Jadeite jade is a material with perhaps more variations than any other stone. Jadeite jade can cost a few dollars a pound or thousands of dollars a carat. In addition to this, many stones such as aventurine (called India jade) and chrysoprase (called Australian jade) and many others are passed off as jade.
So, when buying jadeite jade, use caution and deal with a jeweler whose reputation you can trust. Remember the beauty of jadeite jade is forever.
Description of Jadeite Jade Qualities That We Sell
Valuating Jadeite Jade is a very specialized field and requires expertise that cannot be easily explained. We do carry jadeite jade. The very best jadeite jade resembles the finest emeralds in color.
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Jadeite Jade Properties
Hardness: 6.5 to 7
Specific Gravity: 3.34 (+.06, -.09)
Ref. Index: 1.666 to 1.680 (+/- .008)
Double Refraction: AGG (DR)
Main Sources: Burma
Treatment: Dyeing, impregnating with paraffin wax, filling.
Reaction to Heat: Fuses easily to a bubbly glass under a jeweler�s torch or blow pipe.
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