Estate 3.23 Carat Jade Cabochon
“Jade is precious not because it is rare, but because the quality of jade corresponds to virtue.” – Confucius
Jade is one of the oldest treasured stones in human history. The Mayans and the Aztecs prized jadeite jade, using it for medicinal purposes, jewelry, ornaments, and religious artifacts. Jadeite jade’s cultural significance increased in the late 1700s when the first jadeite jade made its way from Burma to China.
The Chinese treasured nephrite jade since prehistoric times. Carving the stone into weapons, tools, ornaments, and ritual objects in their caves and huts. With the introduction of jadeite jade, the art of gem-carving reached its peak. Carvings invoked the powers of heaven and earth, mystical forces of life and death.
Today jade remains a prized gemstone for its beauty and durability.
Jade is a generic term for both nephrite and jadeite. They are metamorphic rocks of interlocking mineral crystals, which make these gemstones incredibly tough.
Jadeite is the more colorful of the two jades. It comes in shades of green, yellow, orange, white, grey, brown, and even lavender. The color variation is often mottled or streaked, giving these stones their interesting visual texture.
This jadeite jade cabochon is an intense and saturated green. Streaks of darker green run at a diagonal across the smooth cabochon. This color variation makes this jade enchanting at every angle.
This loose jadeite jade would be best bezel-set, both for safety and to show off its immense beauty.
1 in stock
- 3.23 carat
- 11.99 x 9.63 x 3.20 mm double cabochon jadeite jade
- Natural color
- GIA #2195691898