Jade, Jadeite oval pendant
223ct ~ 45g ~ 1.6oz
How do I know it is Jadeite (and not the more common and less costly nephrite?). I tested it using a laser induced breakdown spectrometer. It has sodium (Na), and there is No Na in Nephrite (catchy, ha!).
The pewter bail can be swapped with some other bails you see on this website, or see Bail Upgrades listing.
Jade is one of the toughest of minerals. It is available in two types- Jadeite, which is an pyroxene, and Nephrite, which is an amphibole. Jadeite may be many colors, but Nephrite is almost always green, perhaps with black blotches in it.
The name jadeite is derived (via French: l'ejade and Latin: ilia) from the Spanish phrase "piedra de ijada" which means "stone of the side". It was believed to cure kidney stones if it was rubbed against the side of the afflicted person's body. The Latin version of the name, lapis nephriticus, is the origin of the term nephrite, which is also a variety of jade.
Jadeite is a pyroxene mineral with composition NaAlSi2O6. It has a Mohs hardness of about 6.5 to 7.0 depending on the composition. The mineral is dense, with a specific gravity of about 3.4.
Jadeite's color commonly ranges from white through pale apple green to deep jade green but can also be blue-green (like the recently rediscovered "Olmec Blue" jade), pink, lavender and a multitude of other rare colors. Chloromelanite is a very dark green to black variety. Color is largely affected by the presence of trace elements such as chromium and iron. Its translucence can be anywhere from entirely solid through opaque to almost clear. Variations in color and translucence are often found even within a single specimen. Jadeite is reported from California, US; Myanmar; New Zealand; Guatemala; Itoigawa, Japan; other localities of jadeite include Kazakhstan; Russia; British Columbia, Canada; Italy and Turkestan.
Nephrite is a variety of the calcium and magnesium and iron-rich amphibole mineral tremolite or actinolite (aggregates of which also make up one form of asbestos). The chemical formula for nephrite is Ca2(Mg, Fe)5Si8O22(OH)2.
While nephrite jade possess mainly grays and greens (and occasionally yellows, browns or whites), jadeite jade, which is rarer, can also contain blacks, reds, pinks and violets. Nephrite jade is an ornamental stone, used in carvings, beads, or cabochon cut gemstones.
Western Canada, British Columbia, is the principal source of modern lapidary nephrite.Nephrite jade was used mostly in pre-1800 China as well as in New Zealand, the Pacific Coast and Atlantic Coasts of North America, Neolithic Europe, and southeast Asia.
Our Jade comes from several locations:
California Coast (Big Sur, near Jade Cove), light green,
British Columbia (light green),
Alaska (dark green),
Turkey (purple colored/lavender).
We also have Marcasite Jade (provenance unknown), very magnetic, and
Chatoyant Jade from Nevada.
The provenance of this Jadeite is unknown, but probably SE Asia.
Beautiful pendant you can wear to add a statement to any outfit.
Lapidary is the craft of designing, sawing, grinding & polishing, milling & drilling, and wiring precious stones. There are up to 30 steps to create a gemstone. We do over 90% of this work in our own shop to create the finished pieces you see on JimzGemz.
We started making gemstones when I retired in 2011. So far, we have made over 15,000, and sold over 7,000 pieces. Business continues to grow, and we are pleased to provide for you our natural, hand-crafted products.
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Refunds are by mutual agreement, usually accepted.
We can provide custom orders, multiple items at reduced cost "wholesale". Our discounts usually run:
2 items 5%, Approx. $60 retail
3 10%, $90
6 15%, $180
9 20%, $300
12 25%, $600
15 30%, $900
20 35%, $1200
25 40%, $1500
30 45%, $1800
36 50%, $2000 and above "keystone".
We have made a number of such sales, most at the $2000 level.
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Dimension given is pendant height
Most pendants do not require any care. Silver, copper, and brass bails need to be polished from time to time. Gold, bronze and nickel bails require almost no care.