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At LI-HONG JADE, only 'Type A' jadeite jade of the highest quality is handpicked to craft into the most exquisite jade jewellery such as necklaces, bangles, bracelets, earrings, rings and pendants, as well as other ornaments.
The craftsmanship of our jadeite jade craftsmen is unparalleled in the industry.
Most of our craftsmen are 3rd and 4th generation jade carvers who inherited proprietary knowledge passed down from generation to generation, and have honed their skills to perfection through decades of unwavering dedication and passion to the trade.
Every jadeite jade jewellery piece is a labour of love from us to you.
Because you are priceless, and you deserve the best.
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A Jadeite jade jewellery piece connects with you the way no other jewellery can. It speaks to your innermost desire and reflects your truest character.
When you want something truly unique and the usual retail collections just won’t cut it, let LI-HONG JADE conceptualise and conjure a tailor-made piece that is literally born to be yours.
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Offering more than 500 different pieces of 'Type A' Jadeite jade jewellery every month, at LI-HONG JADE you’ll always be able to find a piece that resonates with your personality and accentuates your style.
From the popular jadeite jade rings and jadeite jade bangles, to jadeite jade earrings, bracelets and pendants necklaces, as well as decorative ornamental pieces for your living spaces, if it’s jadeite you’re looking for, it’s right here at LI-HONG JADE waiting for you.
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What is Jade?
Jade, a stone from heaven has been sought after by the Chinese for thousands of years. To the Chinese, jade symbolizes wealth, status as well as well as honour for people who own it. Jade has the quality of beauty, durability and rarity and is considered at the "King of Gemstones".
The term, jade, is applied to two different metamorphic rocks that are made up of different silicate minerals: Jadeite(sodium aluminium silicate) and Nephrite(calcium magnesium silicate). These two stone's alluring lustre, remarkable durability, and a vast selection of colours have fuelled a cult-like fascination for centuries.
The Chinese dynasties are credited as the discoverers of jade, first using it in ornamental plaques. The introduction of iron tools enabled the Chinese artisans to make the luxury and utilitarian jade objects, including hollow vessels, axes, swords, ornaments, and belt hooks.
The material is tough yet has lower grade hardness, thus allowing artisans to carve it into a broad range of fascinating objects and jewellery. Hardness is the ability of a material to resist abrasion while toughness denotes how well the material can resist fracturing when subjected to pressure.
Jade in Singapore is used to fashion a selection of items such as vessels, plaques, jewellery, and sculptures. You will also find these objects in museums and private collections all over the world.
Most lovers of jade jewellery in Singapore do not distinguish between the two forms of the jade stones, similar to several other buyers of jade objects across the world.
The primary colours associated with nephrite range from mild green to dark green, reddish, yellowish, white, and grey to grey-green variations are also common.
Take care not to confuse nephrite with imitations, including hydrogrossular garnet, serpentine, maw sit sit, and chrysoprase, which possess similar translucence, colour, and lustre.
What is Jadeite?
Jadeite was unknown to civilization until 1853 when Russian mineralogist Alexis Damour differentiated the varying mineral compositions of jadeite and nephrite. Nonetheless, master Chinese artisans realised decades earlier that jade sourced from Myanmar was tougher, denser, and had more colour variations.
In the modern times, most of the jade that is traded in the jewellery industry is Jadeite Jade. Jadeite is made up of silicate of sodium and aluminium. Countries like Japan, Russia, Guatemala, Northern California and Myanmar (Burma) produce Jadeite Jade. But only those found in Myanmar is of gemstone quality and are kept as precious keepsakes.
Jadeite jade is rarer and hence more precious than nephrite, with Myanmar being the most important resource of the precious gem. China, boasting a long history with jadeite and jadeite carving, is the largest market for jadeite.
Most gem buyers associate jadeite with green colour, but get surprised upon learning that the mineral is also available in red, orange, yellow, lavender, pink, brown, black and white or even colourless.
With colour being an essential value factor for jadeite, emerald-green jadeite, known as the imperial jade, fetches the most value on the market. Other highly-valued varieties with shades of green include brilliant, vivid green and apple green. Highly translucent or glassy variety jadeite is getting more popular as it is getting more rare this few years.
Jadeite's transparency varies from opaque, semi translucent, translucent, highly translucent and transparent. The highly translucent or transparent (glassy varieties) appear to glow as the lustre is better. They fetch better deals than the opaque, semi translucent and translucent alternatives. When looking for jadeite in Singapore, buyers usually test for transparency by seeing the light refraction of the jadeite or try reading printed texts under the jadeite.
Depending on the variation in hardness and crystal sizes, jadeite's texture can be coarse, medium, fine and very fine.
The price of jadeite objects also depends on the types of treatments they are subjected to during the manufacturing processes. Here are the jadeite classifications you are likely to encounter in a Singapore jadeite jade shop.
'Type A' Jadeite
Natural jadeite without undergoing any kind of artificial chemical colour treatment, alternation and enhancement. The colour of natural jadeite does not disappear with the passage of time. However, coating with colourless wax is the acceptable method of polishing natural jadeite.
'Type B' Jadeite
'Type B' jadeite is soaked in acid to remove oxidation stains and impurities. Nonetheless, this procedure results in the creation of micro-holes on the material, besides lightening its colour. Next, a polymer resin is infused into the object in a vacuum chamber. Finally, the stone is polished to produce a lustrous colour and smooth finish.
'Type C' Jadeite
'Type C' jadeite undergoes all type B enhancements, but the polymer resin is enhanced with dye to add a colouring effect to the material. Note that Type C jadeite tends to discolour with time when exposed to body heat, cleaning detergents, and intense light.
What is the Difference between Jade and Jadeite?
The most notable difference between jadeite and conventional jade is their availability and price points.
Jadeite Jade is much rarer and resultantly much pricier than jade. There are only ten places with jadeite mineral deposits all over the world, including Italy, Canada, California, Myanmar, Columbia, and New Zealand. Myanmar is the only trusted source of fine-quality jadeite jade of gemstones quality. Contrarily, mines for regular jade are widespread.
The rarity and high price of jadeite jade makes it an ideal symbol for supremacy. It comes as no surprise that jadeite jade jewellery was much synonymous with Chinese nobles including Soong Mei-ling (Madame Chiang Kai-shek) and Empress Dowager Cixi.
In 2014, a necklace with 27 jadeite jade beads fetched a whopping $27.44m at auction, thousands of times the average price of a lavender jadeite jade necklace in Singapore. Today, the best samples of imperial jadeite jade, the most valuable jadeite jade variety, can fetch several millions of US dollars.
Unlike jade, which comes in shades of green, yellow and white, jadeite jade occurs in various shades of colours and textures, including emerald-green, lavender, red, white, yellow, red, grey, black, and blue. As mentioned earlier, green is the most priced colour of jadeite jade.
Jade and jadeite may not have an incredible difference as per their positions in the Mohs scale of mineral hardness. Still, the little variation could mean a lot for the overall quality and price of a particular material. With a scale of 6-6.5, conventional jade is still more vulnerable to abrasions when compared to jadeite jade, whose hardness factor lies between 6.5 and 7.0.
What Makes Good Jade and Jadeite?
When looking for good jadeite jade jewellery in Singapore, it's best to arm yourself with tips to differentiate between authentic material and imitations.
Genuine jadeite jade is smooth and cool to touch and boasts excellent resistance to scratches.
Good jadeite jade does not heat up quickly when enclosed in the palm. If you have ever held a real jadeite jade, you can promptly tell between a genuine and fake stone by its weight. Real jadeite jade feels more substantial than the imitations.
Colour significantly affects jadeite jade price in Singapore. Green jade is regarded as a cheaper alternative to the high-value "imperial jadeite jade"-emerald green jadeite jade. So, you can expect to pay more for green varieties of regular jadeite jade.
Also, pay attention to the class type of the material. Natural jadeite jade guarantees consistency in colour, stability, and toughness.
The most avid jadeite jade collectors know what to look for in a jadeite jade piece, but beginners may face a hard time when trying to distinguish high-quality and low-quality jadeite jade.
Jadeite jade is available in varying textures, but a good material has a smooth surface without a coarse granular look.
Also, watch out for the material's transparency. The best jadeite jade is transparent and produces a glow when light is shone onto it.
It's important to understand that jadeite jade occurs in a range of shades and transparency, with some varieties having less desirable shades that fetch low prices on the market. To lure customers into buying such pieces for a high price, artisans subject the items to varying treatments to enhance their look.
Chemical treatments subjected to 'Types B and C' jadeites usually compromise the quality and durability of the material.
For high-quality, long-lasting jadeite jade in Singapore, prioritize on natural 'Type A' items Burmese/Myanmar jadeite jade. Whereas many jade sellers swear by natural jadeite jade, be sure to request for laboratory certificate to ascertain the material's genuineness.
Jadeite Jade Jewellery
Jadeite Jade is a colourful and durable material that can be fashioned in unique designs that are quite unachievable with other gemstones. These properties make jadeite jade a desirable stone for the creation of a wide variety of jewellery, including necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and pendants. Conventionally, a jade jewel is made from jadeite.
It's a common practice for designers to combine jadeite jade with other gems and place them in settings made with precious metals such as gold, silver, and diamond.
Mounting jadeite jade on a coloured setting augments its beauty significantly.
Artisans also cut jadeite stone into round beads, which are carefully selected and strung into necklaces.
When matching jadeite jade beads, manufactures must pay critical attention to the colour, transparency, texture, symmetry of cut, and size. You can attach a jadeite jade pendant from Singapore to a jadeite jade necklace for an overall classy look.
Jadeite Jade bracelets and bangles are also an essential part of jewellery collection. Jade bangles were first made from nephrite in China thousands of years ago. Since the discovery of a new form of jade stone, jadeite jade bracelets and bangles are highly sought after by collectors.
Jadeite Jade bangle in Singapore price is subject to carving, with some bangles being hololiths. However, fashioning each piece of jewellery from a single rough stone results in the loss of a great deal of weight.
Keep in mind that size is a critical factor for jadeite jade price in Singapore. The value of a jadeite jade jewel, including bracelet, ring, and bead increases proportionally with size, all other quality factors being constant. A slight increase in jadeite jade size can contribute to a sharp rise in the price; however, the case is different with relatively readily-available nephrite.
When picking jadeite jade jewellery in Singapore, make sure to find a material with intense colours or good translucency. Watch out for flaws like dents, black inclusions or cracks.
As mentioned earlier, jade is a durable and robust stone. Nonetheless, taking care of your jadeite jade jewellery is essential to maintain its glow and lustre for a long time.
Always clean your precious jewellery with a soft brush/cloth and solution of lukewarm water and mild liquid soap. Take care not to wash jade with a jewellery cleaning solution; it contains chemicals that may damage your jadeite jade piece.
It's also advisable to keep jadeite jade pieces away when engaging in outdoor activities or handling chemicals.
Where to Buy Jadeite Jade in Singapore
Jadeite Jade jewellery is an excellent addition to your wardrobe and looks. It comes loaded with value, durability, and beauty that will undoubtedly make you stand out from the crowd.
If you are wondering where to buy jadeite jade in Singapore, Li-Hong Jade is your one-stop store for all your jade and jadeite jade needs. You can bet on the genuineness of our jadeite jade jewellery, ranging from pendants, earrings, to bangles. Whether you are looking for a jadeite jade engagement ring or jadeite jade bracelet in Singapore, our store boasts a massive collection of jadeite jade pieces for reinvented, modern, and classy looks.
Our jadeite jade ornaments will undoubtedly add beauty and elegance to your rooms while instilling the values of eternity and loyalty in your home.
We also customize jadeite jade jewellery to our customer's liking by creating new designs or modify the existing design based on the size, shape, and colour of the jadeite jade. Trust our friendly and helpful staff to guide you through the selection so that you pick a piece that suits your preferences and desire.
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