10 things you didn’t know about jadeite jewelry


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This jadeite, ruby and diamond ring, set with three pear-shape jadeite cabochons, bezel and bead-set with ruby and diamond melee in 14 karat gold mount sold for $2,100 at Skinner Inc. June 15, 2010. Photos courtesy LiveAuctioneers

1 A single-strand necklace of 63 jadeite beads recently sold at Christie’s for $2.9 million.

2 Besides varying hues of green, jade colors include lavender, black, ice and shades of yellow-brown-orange.

3 Jade is assigned as the modern 35th wedding anniversary gift.

4 Fashionable Chinese women often mix fine jadeite with simulated-jade costume pieces, because while jade is mysterious, it’s not to be taken too seriously.

5 Decorative hinges or connectors often serve to restore broken jade bangles, or ones with flaws and cracks. They also appear on low-quality jade for export.

6 Gem jade is mined in Burma, not China.

7 Old-stock jadeite can be found in areas across America, made available by descendants of Chinese immigrants.

8 When possible, purchase from family collections, which often feature more old-stock jade.

9 Some people prefer buying jadeite to gold as an investment.

10 The key question to ask a dealer when buying is not “Is this real jade?” but rather, “Is this untreated  ‘A’ jadeite from Burma?” If the answer is yes, ask to have that in writing.

List compiled by Kathy Flood for Antique Trader. She is a journalist, author and owner of the online antique jewelry shop, www.ChristmasTreePins.com. Her latest book, Warman’s Jewelry, 4th Edition, from Krause Publications is available at shop.collect.com or by calling 800-258-0929.



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These Art Deco platinum, jadeite and diamond ear pendants are signed Cartier. Each is designed as interlocking links, bead-set with old European and old mine-cut diamonds, suspending a jadeite ring and carved leafy vine with gourds. They sold for $100,000 at Skinner Inc.'s March 16, 2010, Fine Jewelry Auction.
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This carved jadeite bangle bracelet, measuring approximately 12 mm in width and 55 mm internal diameter, sold for $850 at Michaan's June 6, 2010, auction.

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