The Choo Yilin Guide To Jade


As a brand that tells and immortalises important stories through fine jewellery, our hallmark stone, Type A Jadeite, is irreplaceable in our hearts.

There is so much to be celebrated about this organic treasure and we're sure you have some questions about jade you've always wanted to know. Over the years, it's been our absolute pleasure to have heard your support and keen interest in jade - and your love truly inspires us. We took the time to shortlist the elements of jade that might be of most value to you, our clients.

We are glad to finally unveil The Choo Yilin Guide to Jade, which will discuss the colours, tones, evenness of colour, textures, translucency and clarity of jade*.

*Jade is an umbrella term for Jadeite and Nephrite. Jadeite is the tougher, more valuable of the two. THERE ARE VARIOUS TYPES OF JADEITE BUT Type A Jadeite is the most organic form of Jadeite. Choo Yilin primarily works with Type A Jadeite.

The Choo Yilin Guide to Jade: Colours. Although most commonly known for its green hues, jade also comes in other natural colours like lavenders, honeys, reds, whites, greys and even tones of browns or black. Due to its organic nature, a single piece of jade may comprise many colours. Celebrating the Brilliant Colours of Jade. Light Green Jade. Gentle shades of green jade can match a large range of skin tones and styles choices. Deep Green Jade: Deeper shades of jade add an alluring dimension to the gemstone. Honey Jade. Honey jades have hues of yellows, browns and reds. Some cultures revere honey jades. Mint Jade. Lighter shades of jade are radiant and very versatile. Lavender Jade. Lavender jade is supremely rare and highly coveted. Some believe that lavender jades have a gentle energy that soothes. Teal Jade. Cooler hues add a vibrant youthfulness to its wearer. NO TWO PIECES OF JADE ARE ALIKE The naturally occuring spectrums of colour add character and uniqueness to each piece of jade.
The Tones of Jade Colours Jade is a gemstone traditionally exalted by many, including Asian royalty. This organic treasure comes in an array of colour tones, each hue as stunning as the next. DARK TONES Deep Greens, Greys, Honeys, Browns, Reds and Black The depth of colours within dark toned jades are magnificent. This richness of colour is favoured for their timeless glamour and distinctive appeal. LIGHT TONES Ice, Whites, Light Greys, Mints, Lavenders and Teals Easily wearable as a daily style choice or for special moments, lighter shades of jade have become increasingly popular with contemporary jade wearers. CHOOSING THE COLOUR TONES Worn with confidence, jade becomes the ultimate timeless complement to the individual. The best way to choose its colour tones is to pair it with one’s personal style in mind.
The Choo Yilin Guide to Jade: Evenness of Colour Evenness refers to the colour distribution present within a single piece of jade. VERY EVEN IN COLOUR TONE Jade that is completely even in colour is extremely rare. It may be sold at renowned auction houses like Sotheby’s or Christie’s for very extravagant prices. MODERATELY EVEN Moderately even colour distribution in jade is also rare, yet easier to find compared to pieces with a very even colour distribution. MANY VARIATIONS Many variations in colour evenness do not make a piece less desirable. They reinforce the uniqueness of a piece. ON EVEN GROUND A piece of jade with varying evenness in colour is often as celebrated as one that has a very even colour distribution. It’s another inherently beautiful trait of an organic gemstone.
Jade can be fine or coarse, depending on the stone’s internal crystal structure. Interlocking crystals, or “grains” produce a tightly-grown, compact mass that bonds together. This contributes to jade’s exceptional toughness. Jade textures are differentiated by the size of the crystals that form the jade. Fine-grained jades have a smooth texture and consequently, high lustre. Both fine-grained and coarse jades may exhibit fissures. Fissures are crevices that occurred during the formation of jade, and have healed hundreds of years before the boulder is mined. TOUGHNESS VS HARDNESS Like texture, toughness also requires looking at a gemstone’s internal construction. Jade is a tough material - it has even been used to carve weapons! Hardness refers to a gem’s surface, and how resistant it is to surface scratches. Jade is tough, but not hard. Careful handling is advised to prevent surface scratches. DID YOU KNOW? The diamond is widely known as the hardest of all gems because only another diamond can scratch its surface. But did you know? Jade is the toughest gemstone!
The Choo Yilin Guide to Jade:Transparency Transparency, also commonly known as translucency, refers to how much light can pass through jade. A full piece of transparent jade is extremely rare and highly sought after. 1. COMPLETELY OPAQUE Some pieces of jade are completely opaque, which means they hardly allow any light to pass through. 2. SEMI-TRANSLUCENT Semi-translucent jades allow a small amount of light to pass through. 3. TRANSLUCENT Translucent jades are clear enough to allow the observer to see into the stone, revealing the depth of colours within the gemstone. 4. SEMI-TRANSPARENT Semi-transparent jades allow light to shine through well, and light up most of the gemstone. 5. TRANSPARENT Transparent jades are absolutely exquisite. They are highly revered for their ability to come aglow with light. BEHOLDING TRANSPARENCY Be enamoured by the transparency of jade through this simple way to determine its transparency; use a bright light source to shine light through the jade. Watch the jade take on an ethereal glow!
The Choo Yilin Guide to Jade: Clarity Jade clarity refers to inclusions. Inclusions are normal as they manifest during the natural process in the formation of jade. TYPES OF INCLUSIONS Common types of inclusions consist of veins, clouds or iron oxide specks. 1. VEINS Veins are lines caused by the calcium content in the ground. Calcium is a very common mineral in many jade mines, thus veins are very common, too. 2. CLOUDS Clouds are very fine, light coloured lines, or flecks present in jade, which are also caused by calcium. 3. IRON OXIDE SPECKS Iron is a natural element widely present in the earth. Iron can sometimes get trapped during the formation of jade and create dark or black specks. THE UNIQUENESS OF JADE Inclusions are not imperfections. They can make a piece even more unique. A piece of jade without any inclusions would be highly prized at renowned auctions as they are impossibly rare.

We Hope you've gained some valuable insights from our guide,
and thank you for taking the time to read up to this point!

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