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A Jade Primer
Why Jade Is Valuable
Stone of Healing
Judging the Quality of Jade
The Chinese Character for Jade
The Symbology of Jade
Not All Jade Is Real
Alteration of Jade
We produce and sell genuine jade products for commercial and home interior and exterior surfaces. We custom manufacture and offer jade flagstones, bricks and mosaic pieces for hearths, walkways and floors, in addition to jade liners, tile and listellos for walls, countertops and splashes. We also offer natural, river-rounded jade pebbles, cobbles and boulders for feng shui and for interior and exterior landscaping.
All of our jade is chen yu which means "real jade" in Mandarin or nephrite jade to Westerners. Because we never dye or artifically modify our jade, all of our products are "Class A" jade, with colors and patterns as natural as they are beautiful.
Our clients include home, commercial, and landscape architects, interior designers, artists, custom home builders and remodelers, and tile and flooring retailers and suppliers.
Judging the Quality of JadeThere are four "quality levels" of jade:
But the market varies with demand and those prices are only guidelines, at best. Ten years ago, some jade sold for US$0.50 per pound.
- ?Gem grade" sells as cut cabs for about US$60.00 per gram (US
- "Jewelry grade" or "carving grade" is cut, slabbed, or drilled to show its colors and patterns. It sells for about US$40.00 per pound.
- "Tile grade" or "building stone grade" jade is hand sorted but unprocessed. It sells for about US$15.00 per pound.
- "Industrial grade" jade is sold in bulk for about US$5.00 per pound, mostly because it is so expensive to haul from the remote mountains where it is found.
Now, natural stone products are in great demand -- and Western color preferences are evolving. This means that Imperial-green jade, prized for centuries by the Chinese people, will continue to fetch some of the highest prices -- but Shrek-green jade is just a passing fad.
Ultimately, the intrinsic natural beauty of gemstones, regardless of their color, means they will always be treasured
and genuine nephrite jade
Stone from Heaven
the most treasured, precious, and beautiful stone of all.
?The grading of nephrite is applicable only to cut blocks and varies widely from superior class to gem grade, carving grade and building stone grade. Structure [texture? -- rew] refers to the grain in the material and the best is structurally isotropic -- with little or no grain. The lowest grade may be structurally anisotropic" (Fraser, 1990).
The value of jade gemstones is based on
The quality of workmanship and the age of the jade piece also affect the value of the gem.
- color and tone,
- texture, and
When valuing lime-green jade for gemstones, "the best products are almost transparent of vivid medium green with a total absence of veins or interior structures and complete evenness of colour" (Salloum, 2003).