Green jade jadeite, jewelry plus natural and rough nephrite

At the mines in Kachin State the rough mineral is produced, they were under Chinese rules about a thousand years ago. Today main nephrite source is Canada and there are other supplier e.g. New Zealand an Australia. All material is used to make jewelry, sculptures such as Buddha statues, ornaments and for decoration.

Lavender, green and white are most popular colors. White is free of impurities, red contains iron, green has chromium traces,black the same plus iron add ins, yellow is with tantalum, purple contains chromium, iron and cobalt. Imperial with a high level of translucency is the most valuable, it is also very resistant to any chemicals.

The growing demand from China brings a continuous raise in prices. Since there is no real standard certification, such as with diamonds, the pricing is very volatile since everyone can interpret certain values into it.

On top of it certain people are cheating, as usual, by manipulation colors and translucency, this is done with special machinery heating up the items, acid is used to bleach, resin and high pressure to fill cracks, somehow similar as they do treatments with rubies. Products on the international market are often called Zan Jade and speculators and profiteering business people try all kind of tricks to cheat the customers. Since the ratio between the volume produced in mines and the high demand from the Chinese market is widening, prices are soaring.

Natural is what the people want not tainted, just plain. With pretty saturated colors and a high level of translucency. The market penetration of the high end material becomes higher as Myanmar is opening up it's borders and more people travel and have a look around. Every day airplane loads from Beijing, Shanghai etc. are coming to have a tour through the country and this mineral is positioned top on the shopping.

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The Mines are only in northern Burma, by using heavy machinery from China whole mountains are broken apart and they turn every stone to find the valuable pieces. There is no real explanation why only at this place on earth the material is found, maybe more will be discovered by extensive exploration. In the last decade new nephrite deposits have been found in China since the old sources are all exhausted.

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Rough Jade comes as boulders rocks and smaller pieces plus what people call river stone since its found there, probably washed away somewhere similar to gold. It is always a problem when buying the stone in raw form because nobody can look into. Although people take torch lamps and try to figure out the transparency it is still a risky business and there are many out there who lost quite some money. Actually it is common practice now that stones are cut before putting on display with this method it becomes a bit more safer to buy.

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Creating Jadeite & Nephrite, this is one of the oldest every day used materials by man. Tools have been made from, weapons such battle axes, arrow and lance tops. It was used for ritual purposes and has some health properties when ground mixed with water and taken as a drink, people say this is good for kidneys. This days the only purpose of is for jewelry no other use is left and this is good so because recourses are dwindling and prices rising anyway.

 Creating Jadeite CarvingsCreating Jadeite Buddha

Quality parameter are texture, translucency and color. More definitions are shiny, fat, water, luster and opaque. The crystal structure of the mineral determines this, but all this is very vague and leaves plenty of space for interpretation, this is very crucial when figuring out the price, the ideas can be quite different. Evaluating the green stone is not easy and leaves plenty of space for cheating and the people do so. Probably the most important factor is the consistency of the color and the transparency.

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Imperial Jade is what people are after itthis is the good stuff mined in northern Burma. A kind of top notch version of the mineral in emerald or spinach green plus a high degree in shininess. High end jewelry items are made from this variant. It is rather used for smaller items such as rings, bangles and pendants because of the high value which easily can pass gold for a similar quantity. Very long time ago the top persons in the hierarchy could afford this but that has changed, there is not such a mystic factor in it anymore and wealth is also better distributed.

Imperial Jade Rings

This stone art is a Chinese specialty they make wonderful creations with some kind of fairy tales theme, full of mystic, ghosts and history. Other themes are sex scenes, landscapes and sculptures depicting animals such as horses, elephants, tigers, birds and more. Although most of the creations are rather in the handicraft and arts and crafts section they show a high level of sophistication. A specialty is to take a rock and carve or rather drill the scene out of it its somehow similar as doing artworks with other stones such as marble and granite but with the mineral it is much more difficult.

Horses, elephants and birds are the main themes with animals. This sculptures are very decorative and a sure eye catcher in any home.Seeing how detailed and precise artwork is done it needs to pay respects to artisan.

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Necklaces are some of the most visible jewelry made together with bangles. This is one the few items where diamonds are often included into the composition. Different to pendants many pieces of the imperial type are used it easily can get very expensive.

yellow jade necklace

This jewelry is often coming as a set with earrings and bracelets and surely they catch the attention because this is body decoration placed at most prominent positions where everyone can see it immediately. But it is not very safe to wear them since there are too many crooks around who would try to do a hit and run away with it.

Pearls & Beads usually are very colorful and some of this jewelry which most of time is in rather lower price category although they are very pretty. Since plenty of colors are available it is possible to put just the right assortment together. This is also very durable because it is extremely hard almost like diamonds.

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Jade rings are attractive and visible jewelry, often people wear them not only as a precious decorative item but they interpret some mystic, health and protective property into it.

This is rather superstition but people believe it, they mainly come with white gold and silver because the "cool" shades fits best. The picture shows cabochons naturally there are other forms.

Interestingly a rather baroque design is the normality, modern forms are not many. Anyway this are beautiful and valuable items.

At the Silk Road Nephrite was moved to the west
as many other goods too. It was a very important trading item into China as rough material and out of finished goods such as jewelry and other.

Even Marco Polo mentioned this in his travelogues but all this was nephrite and often from the rivers where the minerals have been washed down from the mountains and became their slick forms. This were the things people like as body decoration.

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Trading jadeite and nephrite is a very old business and the engine for this was the demand in China, its just as today but with other goods. The "Middle Kingdom" is a generator which kept things going for millennium because of the cleverness and sheer amount of the people.

trading rough jade

Also the trade and manufacturing in Burma's Mandalay was started by some people from over the northern border. They had a simple task to satisfy the immense demand. In the beginning it was mainly transported via smuggling path, but this has changes now.

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Today one of the biggest trading place it the biannual emporium in Naypyidaw, the new capital of Myanmar before this was done in Yangon.

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These statues are all made from the good stuff and this is visible in the brightness and shining colors.

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