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Jade

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Name:From "piedra de ijada" stone of the flank, as it was thought to cure kidney pains.


A greenish black to creamy white ornamental stone or gemstone, highly valued in China and Korea. Translucent emerald-green jadeite-jade is the most prized variety. Rarely also blue, lavender-mauve and pink in colour, depending on mineralogy and impurity elements.

Many different rocks and minerals have been marketed as jade, especially nephrite and serpentine, but also green quartz, vesuvianite (californite), etc. Gemmologists, however, usually restrict the name to just jadeite and nephrite, both characteristically forming very tough, fine grained rocks. Nephrite is much more common than jadeite, and is a tremolite and/or actinolite-rich rock.


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Classification of Jade

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Other Names for Jade

Other Languages:
Arabic:يشب
Catalan:Jade
Danish:Jade
Dutch:Jade
Esperanto:Jado
Finnish:Jade
French:Jade
German:Jade
Hebrew:ירקן
Hindi:हरिताश्म
Hungarian:Jáde
Indonesian:Giok
Italian:Giada
Japanese:ヒスイ
Malay:Jed
Nahuatl:Chālchihuitl
Norwegian (Bokmål):Jade
Persian:یشم
Polish:Żad
Portuguese:Jade
Russian:Нефрит
Simplified Chinese:翡翠

玉石
Feicui
Feitsui
Spanish:Jade
Swedish:Jade
Thai:หยก
Traditional Chinese:Feicui
Feitsui
Turkish:Yeşim
Ukrainian:Жад

Other Information

Health Warning:No information on health risks for this material has been entered into the database. You should always treat mineral specimens with care.

References for Jade

Reference List:

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Ronzio, A.R. and Salmon, M. (1970) Trace elements in jade. Gems and Minerals: 389: 24-25, 45.

Ren Lu (2012): Color Origin of Lavender Jadeite: An Alternative Approach. Gems & Gemology 48, 273-283.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jade

http://www.palagems.com/burma_jade.htm (with many references)

Mindat.org articles about Jade

Article entries:
JadeAlfredo Petrov

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    Localities for Jade

    The map shows a selection of localities that have latitude and longitude coordinates recorded. Click on the symbol to view information about a locality. The symbol next to localities in the list can be used to jump to that position on the map.
    (TL) indicates type locality. ? indicates mineral may be doubtful at this locality. All other localities listed without reference should be considered as uncertain and unproven until references can be found.
    Australia
     
    • South Australia
      • Eyre Peninsula
    J Townsend
    Burma (Myanmar)
     
    • Sagaing Division
      • Hkamti District
          • Nansibon mining district
    Canada
     
    • British Columbia
      • Lillooet Mining Division
    http://www.em.gov.bc.ca/cf/minfile/search/search.cfm?mode=capbib&minfilno=092JNE065
      • Omenica Mining Division
        • Kwanika Creek
    www.em.gov.bc.ca/cf/minfile/search/search.cfm?mode=capbib&minfilno=093N%20%20043
    http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/magazine/SO05/reverberations.asp
    www.alpinegems.net
      • Dawson Mining District
        • Yukon river
    Traill, R. J., 1970, A Catalogue of Canadian Minerals
    China
     
    • Guangdong Province
      • Maoming Prefecture
    http://www.chinaculture.org/gb/en_museum/2003-09/24/content_30459.htm
    • Liaoning Province (Manchuria; Dongbei Region)
      • Liaodong Peninsula
        • Yingkou Prefecture
          • Dashiqiao Co.
    Zhi-Bo Bing, Jian-Min Shi, and Shi-Bo Li (2006): Geological Characteristics and Developing Prospects of the Serpentine Jade in Houxianyu, Liaoning Province. Geology and Resources [Dizhi Yu Ziyuan] 15(4), 286-289.
    • Tibet Autonomous Region
    http://www.tibetinfor.com/tibetzt/naqu/doc/0301.htm
    USA
     
    • Alaska
      • Anchorage Borough
        • Anchorage District
    U.S. Geological Survey, 2008, Alaska Resource Data File (ARDF): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1225.
      • Northwest Arctic Borough
        • Shungnak District
    U.S. Geological Survey, 2008, Alaska Resource Data File (ARDF): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1225.
    • California
      • Mariposa Co.
        • East Belt
          • Quartz Mountain [1]
    USGS (2005), Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia, loc. file ID #10031086.
      • Mendocino Co.
        • Coastal Range
    Butler, 1995. Rockhounding California, p.172.
          • Round Valley
    Butler (1995), Rockhounding California.
    Vietnam
     
    • Son La Province
    Pham Van Long, Gaston Giuliani, Virginie Garnier, Daniel Ohnenstetter (2004) Gemstones in Vietnam. The Australian Gemmologist Volume 22, Number 4, October–December 2004
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