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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 fei cui jade (known traditionally as 'jadeite jade' but this name is misleading as not all of this jade is mineralogically jadeite) is the most prized variety. Rarely also blue, lavender-mauve, black, red or yellow 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

Jade in petrology

Common component of (items highlighted in red)

Other Names for Jade

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

玉石
Spanish:Jade
Swedish:Jade
Turkish:Yeşim
Ukrainian:Жад

Other Information

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

Harlow, G.E. and Sorenson, S.S. (2005): Jade (Nephrite and Jadeitite) and Serpentinite: Metasomatic Connections. International Geology Review, 47, 113-146.

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)

Internet Links for Jade

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Localities for Jade

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