Jade (Jadeite), the stone of heaven is cherished worldwide by gemstone connoisseurs. Available in a wide variety of colours, jade usually has shiny and semi-transparent appearance. Jade of the finest quality is of great monetary value and so is treasured by the family and passed on from generation to generation.
The following factors may help determine the value of natural jadeite:
- Colour - strength and distribution of colour.
- Transparency/Clarity - the amount of light that passes through the material, and the amount of impurities and imperfections.
- Size - size, thickness and weight.
- Craftsmanship - how appealing and symmetrical the carving is.