A rare, usually green mineral of the pyroxene group. Jadeite can also occur in white, auburn, buff, or violet varieties. The most highly valued form of jade consists of jadeite.Jade has a history in China of at least four thousands years.Experts believe that, although more expensive, diamonds and gold cannot be compared with jade – jade is animated with a soul.
Color: Pure white thru pink, brown, red, orange, yellow, mauve, violet, blue, and black, to an extensive range of green and mottled green and white.
Categories: semi-precious stone
Chemical Composition: NaAl(SiO3)2
Crystal Group: Monoclinic
Refractive Index: 1.654 – 1.667
Occurrence: Northern Myanmar. Non commercial discoveries of Jadeite have also been reported in China; Russia (in the Polar Urals); Niigata, Japan; San Benito County, California, USA, and Guatemala.