Choose a stone with intense colors. We can find jade in many colors, including various shades of green, lilac, orange, white and black. Green, however, is the most popular color. The most expensive stones have a lighter green color.
Buy good quality jade , which is in its natural state and has not been subjected to artificial treatments.
The finest jadeite is generally translucent , but there are cases where it is not.
Observe the price of the piece. If the price is low, the piece of jade may be dyed, altered or made of a material other than jade.
I did not trust the color. Although jade is often considered green, jadeite and nephrite come in a wide range of colors.
Do not buy jade just because the color looks good. Dyed jade can be deceptive, but will lose color and value in a matter of a few years.
The color, its intensity, distribution, clarity, transparency and texture are qualities that determine the value of the stone. An imperial jade of intense and translucent color, has the highest prices.
The hardness of Jade is a defining quality. Many varieties are harder than steel. This makes jade an ideal gemstone for daily use, since you do not have to worry about it ruining easily. As with any precious stone, the quality of the jade is reflected in its price. In some cases, the highest quality jade can be even more expensive than a diamond.
Always be careful not to buy treated jade. Once the jade has been dyed or bleached, it will compromise its structure, causing the jade to break, become opaque or even have an acid or dye leak.
Make sure you are receiving good quality jade by requesting a certificate of authenticity. The only way to be absolutely sure is that the jade has been tested in a gemological institute.
Jade is sold per piece instead of per carat, as with other gems. The value of jade is based on its color, intensity and its translucency. The rarest and most intense colors have the highest prices.
How to take care of Jade Jewelry?
Jadeite Jade hardness ranges from 7.0 to 7.5 on the Mohs scale, where the hardest mineral, the diamond, is a 10. This quality makes jadeite an ideal gem for daily use since you do not have to worry about that is easily ruined.
Jade is relatively easy to care for:
The more you use it, your Jade will become brighter and more beautiful.
The best way to clean your jade jewelry is with mild soap and warm water. Use a soft towel to dry.
It is advisable to use a soft bristle brush for openings between the jade and the frame, as well as for the carved pieces.
Avoid using the chemical cleanser.
When carrying your jade jewelry with a jeweler to be cleaned or repaired, make sure it does not use steam to clean it.
Never use an ultrasonic cleaner.
It is best to avoid using your jewelry when swimming in a chlorinated pool, the ocean, or soaking in a hot tub.