Jadeite Bangle Fine Bracelets

Jadeite Bangle Fine Bracelets

Jadeite is a versatile, beautiful stone that has been highly prized for centuries. When purchasing a jadeite bangle, there are some simple things you need to know to avoid buying substandard stones.

Jade and Jadeite

When purchasing handmade jadeite bracelets, it’s important to understand that not all jade is equal. There are two types of ‘pure jade’ - what is commonly known as nephrite jade, and jadeite. They might seem similar to the untrained observer, but they have completely different chemical components. Nephrite is made of calcium and magnesium silicate, whereas jadeite is a sodium aluminium silicate. While both are beautiful, jadeite is rarer than nephrite, and is therefore more precious and more valuable.The highest quality of jadeite is called ‘Imperial Jade’ and is coloured an emerald green.

Why Jadeite

Jadeite is a beautiful gemstone that comes in a vast array of colours. It ranges from the traditional green to shades of red, yellow, brown, white, black and lavender. Of the most commonly known green jade, jadeite can range from a light, opaque mint to a deep shade that can rival an emerald in colour and transparency. Jadeite has an ancient history in Chinese culture, and it has a strong spiritual significance, symbolising beauty, righteousness and knowledge while thought to provide peace and protection.

Treated or Untreated

All respectable jadeite traders will declare any treatment or enhancement that is done on the stone. Grade A refers to fine unenhanced jadeite. However, if the makers wish to enhance the colour or remove blemishes, they can treat it to change its appearance. The colour is improved but the jadeite then can become more brittle. Grade B jadeite is bleached, but not dyed. Grade C jadeite is bleached and dyed. Grade D is not real jadeite.

Buying Jadeite

The first consideration for buying a jadeite bangle is the size, which will be written as the inner circumference. Bangles are obviously not adjustable, so if they are too big or small they will not be comfortable to wear. Then consider the colour that you would most like to wear; avoid artificially dyed products wherever possible. Try to avoid bangles with cracks that can occur naturally in the stone. When buying high-quality jadeite, you should also request a certificate of authenticity. If it does not come with a COA that is verifiable online, you are very likely purchasing treated jadeite.