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Color of Jadeite Jade

Multi-colored Jadeite Jade Rough Boulders At Burma's Jade Auction

Most people have the concept that the color of jade is green.

In fact, Jadeite Jade comes in all hues of color.  The chemical composition of Jadeite Jade is Sodium Aluminum Silicates (NaAlSi2O6) and in its pure form it is whitish or colorless.  Over the hundreds of millions years of its formation, the environment on which the crystals grow is subject to earthquakes, volcanic activities, atmospheric changes, tectonic plate movements within the earth crust and the mantle, cooling and heating up of the earth’s surface and other environmental factors of rain and sun.  These activities account for the numerous fractures, cracks and veins within a rough boulder of jade.

Multi-colored Jadeite Jade Pebbles

When a trace of chromium (Cr 3+) seeps inside a jade boulder, that area becomes chromium green.  Lavender is due to the trace elements of vanadium and manganese. Oxidation on the surface of the Jadeite Jade over the millions of years of its crystallization renders the stone an ochre reddish brown due to ferrous oxide.  Often a combination of colors can be found in a Jadeite Jade piece ranging from dark to light green, black to white, red to brown and yellow, light lavender to bluish gray and irregular patches of green color, which is term as mottled.

An Imperial Jadeite Jade Boulder

The most pricey color is emerald-green Imperial Jadeite, colorless icy jadeite and vivid color lavender Jadeite Jade.

Viewing A Lot of Rough Boulder Jade At Burma’s Jade Auction
Mason Kay Jade Color Chart
My Own Collection of Multi-Colored Jade Cabochons


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I am a Graduate Gemologist trained at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in New York City, USA. I hold an MBA degree from Cranfield University, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics. My earlier profession was a banker until I found jade in Myanmar (Burma) in the early 90s. I have traveled to the fabled Hpakan Jade mines, and Mogok, the world’s famous rubies and sapphires mines in upper Burma, with my second son. Three of my children are also Graduate Gemologist, GIA, NYC and they deal in diamonds, gemstones and jade. 我是在美国纽约市的美国宝石学院(GIA)接受过培训的宝石研究学家。 我拥有英国克兰菲尔德大学的工商管理硕士学位和数学学士学位。我以前的职业是银行家,直到90年代初我在缅甸接触到玉石。我曾经和我的次子一起去过缅甸上流传说中的哈帕翡翠矿山和莫谷矿山, 莫谷矿山是世界上著名的红宝石和蓝宝石矿山。我的三个孩子都是纽约市GIA毕业的宝石研究学家, 他们专门处理钻石,宝石和玉石.


  1. Hi Ivan, yes you should try to collect all the colors of JJ. That would make your collection valuable.


  2. The color is really popular in my country is just green. Actually, I had not known that jade have so many colors before I decided to buy a lavender jade bangle.

    Now, I wish that I have a blue one 🙂

  3. Recently there have been a number of big pink diamonds being auctioned by famous auction houses. Can you do a post on that please, thanks

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