How to Value Jade

With its distinctly unique quality of beauty and allure, it is easy to understand why jade has been one of the most highly coveted semi-precious stones since ancient times.

Jade

jade figure of bear holding fish

 For thousands of years people have admired jade for its richness in color and decorative nature, qualities that resulted in the stone being associated with royalty, luxury, and beauty. Today people across the world continue to enjoy what this gorgeous stone has to offer, whether in terms of its natural form, jewelry, decoration, ceremonial relevance, or more. Would you like to know more about your jade and what value it holds on today’s market? Continue reading this article in order to do so.

Color

The first aspect to take notice of regarding your jade and what will affect its value is its color. Contrary to what many may believe, jade not only can be found in various shades of green, but also forms in colors such as lavender, orange, red, yellow, black, and white. Certain colors are more sought after and thus more expensive than others. The most expensive color is called Imperial Jade, which exhibits a rich emerald green color. In order to reach the highest value possible it must be as pure as possible with no specks of gray or other colors. As one of the most expensive gems in the world, it can sometimes be priced at millions of dollars.

antique jade bird

The second most expensive form of jade is that which exhibits a lavender hue. This color will be more expensive than other types of non-Imperial green jade, such as those with a more blue or yellow tint. In general the more untainted and uninterrupted by impurities your jade is, the more valuable it will be. Though jades that bear streaks and veins of contrasting colors may appear attractive and thus bring in some buyer interest in that regard, they will never stand up to the prices that a more uniform jadeite will attract. 

Because of this highly decisive factor in the valuing of this type of stone, some will treat or bleach jade in order to obscure and remove the evidence of discoloration before instilling it with colored polymers; these artificially altered jadeites are not nearly as valuable as their untreated counterparts.

Transparency & texture

Jade varies in its transparency, coming in forms that range from entirely opaque to almost entirely transparent. Because those that are opaque do not hold any light and thus appear to be dull, the most expensive forms of jade will be semi-transparent. In fact these types of jade can value at high prices even despite unevenness in tone and color. Usually the finer and smoother the texture of the stone, the more transparent it will be as opposed to those with a more rugged texture, and thus the relationship with texture to value follows this correlation.

"...jade is more valuable when thick, symmetrical, and proportional; there ought not to be any flaws or imperfections visible to the naked eye..."

Cut

Often times, jade is cut into cabochons for use in jewelry or other accessories, meaning it is polished but not faceted. In these cases, the jade is more valuable when thick, symmetrical, and proportional; there ought not to be any flaws or imperfections visible to the naked eye and dome shapes ought to be uniform with no flat spots or unevenness. Other times, jade can be cut into round beads which are then matched to others of a similar hue and saturation to be strung together. Because of the difficulty in finding beads of a matching color, long strands with larger beads can be extremely valuable. Another highly expensive cut of jade is bracelets or bangles that have been cut from a single piece. 

Appraisal

Of course the most important step in ascertaining the value of your jade is to seek professional appraisal. Only a professional will be able to provide you with a sure and certain range of value for your item by using their experience and expertise to eliminate as much chance for misstep and error as possible. Luckily here at Value My Stuff, there are experts in the field that will be able to provide professional appraisal and valuation services so that you can take the necessary steps to discover the value of your jade today!

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