Jade jewelry has been revered by people for centuries for its beauty and symbolism. When you find a piece of jewelry you truly love, you want it to last through the ages. Properly taking care of your jade jewelry can help it to retain its original luster and keep it looking as good as the day you bought it for years to come.
What is Jade?
Jade is a gemstone of which there are two varieties: jadeite jade and nephrite jade. The former is found mostly in Burma, America and Japan, while the latter is more common to Canada, Taiwan, China and America. Jade’s toughness is one of its defining qualities. Many varieties are harder and tougher than steel. This toughness makes jade an ideal gemstone for everyday wear, as you do not have to worry about it getting easily ruined. As with any gemstone, the quality of the jade is reflected in its price. In some instances, the highest quality of jade can be even more expensive than diamond.
The quality of jade is gauged by a few different criteria. There is its tone or color, its texture, it’s translucency or clarity and the way it is cut. Jade also comes in several different colors, the most popular being green, lavender and white. Green jade is the most treasured color. When jade is sold, it is typically sold by the piece’s size or style rather than by carat. Since jade is so tough, it takes a particularly skilled craftsman to shape jade into beautiful jewelry and collectibles.
When purchasing jade, always be on the lookout for treated jade. Once jadeite jade has been treated by dying, bleaching or any other treatment techniques the jade’s structure can be compromised, leaving your jade brittle, dull or even cause it to leak acid or dye.
Care and Cleaning of Jade
Jade is actually extremely easy to take care of. The more you wear it, the brighter and lovelier your jade will become. You can wipe your jade jewelry with a soft cloth after wearing, and wipe it down with a gem cleaner every so often. Chemical cleaner, however, is to be avoided at all costs. If you take your jade to a jeweler to be cleaned or worked on, make sure they do not steam clean your jade piece. Never put jade in an Ultra-Sonic cleaner. The chlorine in pools and hot tubs can be harmful to jade and jewelry settings, so it is safer to remove your jewelry before swimming.