Understanding how to value the stone can take many years , seeing high quality carving and craftsmanship is much easier and is therefore the best route for beginning investors. As a rule , master carvers will never waste their time on inferior stone so let the master do the picking. Many hope to aquire a priceless treasure in a high quality bangle of strand of beads but those of us with long experience know that this is just successful marketing of and abundant product. The thing that is truly valuable, the resource that is disappearing ,is the artist with 4000 yrs of mastery behind them. The larger stones that are recovered from mines around the world usually have the opaque outer layer and that small window through which the interior is verified.
In China, Europe, and elsewhere around the world, Stone Age workers shaped this toughest of minerals into weapons, tools, ornaments, and ritual objects. In places like Europe and the United States emeralds, sapphires, diamonds, and rubies are just a few gemstones that remain more popular than Jade. But in other areas of the world like China, Jade is one of the most precious gemstones. Type C jadeite are objects that during manufacturing have been exposed to the same treatments as type B but have also been dyed to a specific color. The color dye used for the type C manufacturing will fade with time and with extreme exposure to light and heat.
NATURAL GRADE A JADE
Jade symbolism includes associations with nobility and wealth. Many consider it a protector of generations, living and dead. Jade has been and always will be the “Gem Supreme” and the “Jewel of Heaven,” stone of the heart.
A Brief History Of Jade
Type A jadeite has not been treated in any way except surface waxing. As metal-working technologies became available, the beauty of jade made it valuable for ornaments and decorative objects. The more precious kind of jade, this is a microcrystalline interlocking growth of crystals (not a fibrous matrix as nephrite is.) It only occurs in metamorphic rocks.
This is the true bleeding edge of jade culture and is, in my opinion, the field most ripe for incredible investment gains. As a 30 year collector of fine Chinese jades, some of the most valuable and exciting pieces in my collection were carved right here in the USA. This is the fastest growing segment of the art market today. Jade values have risen 1000% in the last 10 yrs and the world is just becoming aware. Based out of Los Angeles, California Jade Jewelers is a small family run business started by two cousins with a strong passion for Jade. We hope to share our love of Jade with as many people as we can.