Jadeite, has long held a special place in the world of jewellery, captivating hearts with its unique allure. It is not merely a rare gemstone, it is a spiritual stone with significant cultural and symbolic meaning in Chinese culture. In Chinese, Jadeite is referred to as "Fei Cui".
The price of top quality Jadeite has risen substantially in the recent years during China's economic rise, with demand outstripping this rare gemstone's supply.
Highest quality jadeite is very rare. Vivid, even, and translucent - jadeite commands some of the highest prices among gems in today’s international market.
The main factors in Jadeite rarity and value are colour, translucency and smooth texture.
When selecting the perfect Jadeite stone, buyers look at multiple factors. They look at Jadeite's colour under both fluorescent and incandescent light sources, check the gem's level of transparency and look for even coloration. Fine polish and undistorted surface reflections and clarity is also important - any fractures can affect value.
Jadeite has a rich history with enduring popularity transitioning into contemporary fine jewellery, particularly modern engagement rings.
The most prized Jadeite originates from Myanmar, although some deposits are also found in other parts of the world. Jadeite offers a broad spectrum of colours, including imperial green, lavender, yellow, and white. Imperial green Jadeite is particularly coveted for its deep, vivid green hue. Jadeite possesses a fine-grained, granular texture with a glassy lustre, enhancing its visual appeal.
Jadeite was introduced to China in the 18th century at which point it quickly became associated with imperial wealth and modern luxury. Myanmar remains the primary source of the world's finest Jadeite.
Jadeite is graded by Type, with Imperial Green Type A Jadeite being the rarest and most sought after. Understanding the grading system is crucial for those seeking the finest Jadeite for bespoke fine jewellery.
Imperial Green Jadeite (Type A): A deep, intense green colour, often referred to as "emerald green" or "imperial green," commands the highest value. Translucency, transparency and clarity are paramount, allowing light to penetrate the stone and enhance its radiance. Fine, even texture without visible impurities or mineral traces.
Exceptionally rare and highly sought-after, commanding premium prices. The scarcity of this grade, combined with its intense colour and impeccable quality, places it at the pinnacle of Jadeite pricing.
Fine Jadeite (Type A): While not imperial green colour, it still boasts vibrant hues such as lavender, yellow, or white. Fine Jadeite exhibits good transparency and minimal impurities, ensuring a captivating play of light.
Offers an excellent balance of quality and affordability. While not as rare as imperial green, fine Jadeite possesses remarkable translucency and vibrant colours, making it a coveted choice for discerning buyers.
Commercial Grade Jadeite: This category includes stones with lower translucency, less vibrant colours, and more visible impurities. While more accessible, it lacks the premium qualities found in Type A Jadeite.
For our bespoke Jadeite engagement rings and fine jewellery, we recommend certified Type A Jadeite, ensuring that the chosen piece not only reflects personal style but the rarity, beauty and cultural significance of this exceptional gemstone.
Jadeite Popularity in China, Hong Kong and Asia
In Chinese culture, Jade holds immense cultural importance, symbolising purity, harmony, and good fortune. Known as the "Stone of Heaven," it is believed to possess protective qualities and promote balance. The colour green, especially imperial green, is highly coveted as it represents the Confucian virtues of wisdom and courage.
The popularity of Jadeite extends beyond China, influencing various Asian cultures. In countries like Myanmar, the gem is deeply ingrained in local traditions and often associated with royalty.
Jadeite Mythology and Symbolism
Jadeite is considered a bridge between the spiritual and physical realms. Chinese mythology holds that Jadeite is the essence of heaven and earth, possessing the power to ward off evil spirits and attract good fortune. In ancient civilisations, Jadeite was also believed to have healing properties, promoting longevity and vitality.
Jadeite is synonymous with luck and prosperity in Chinese culture. It is commonly worn as amulets, bracelets, or pendants to attract positive energy and safeguard the wearer from misfortune. The stone's enduring popularity in the realm of Feng Shui further emphasises its role in attracting good luck and enhancing the flow of positive energy.
Bespoke Jadeite Engagement Rings and Fine Jewellery
Jadeite's timeless appeal has transcended traditional boundaries, finding a place in modern fine jewellery design.
At Valentina Fine Jewellery, we have noticed a trend with younger generations looking to create bespoke Jadeite engagement rings in modern styles, blending East and West beautifully.
The distinct colours and translucency of Jadeite offer a unique alternative to traditional engagement ring gemstones such as diamonds, sapphires, rubies and emeralds. From minimalist settings to elaborate designs, the versatility of these gemstones allows for a wide range of creative expressions, making them a sought-after choice among those seeking something truly exceptional and unique from their engagement rings.