What is Jade?
Jade is a mineral, widely used for ornaments and jewelry. Jade is culturally used in many parts of the world, including but not limited to: East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and in Latin America such as Mexico and Guatemala.
There are two different known silicate minerals of jade. Nephrite jade is a silicate of calcium and magnesium in the amphibole group of minerals. Jadeite is a silicate of sodium and aluminum in the pyroxene group of minerals.
What do we carry?
Both nephrite jade and jadeite are available. Nephrite jade is sourced from a family of miners from Canada. They are proud to use more sustainable methods of sourcing jade. Most jadeite comes from Myanmar (Burma). Many in the crystal world uses the term Burmese jade. 70% of the world’s jadeite comes from Burma. Most production is overseen by a state owned venture named Myanmar Gem Enterprise. They are exported to China and hand carved by Chinese artisans. Some jade pieces are also sourced from Xinjiang county.
Dyme Designs carry these specific types of jade:
- Jadeite from Burma
- Hetian jade (nephrite jade) from Xinjiang
- Nephrite jade from Canada
- Nephrite jade from Australia
- Jadeite from Guatemala
Enhancement grading system
Dyme Designs is proud to carry grade a jade. Grade a jade means that it is untreated and color is natural (other than the polishing system that coats the jade with wax). Grade b jade means that it has been chemically treated, bleached with acid and impregnated with polymer resin. Grade c means that the jade has been dyed.
Instructions on finding bangle size
Place your first on a flat surface. You can measure with a tape or ruler (using mm measurement). Please measure the width from the middle of the first knuckle to the middle of the fourth knuckle. This measurement of diameter will be bangle size.
Chinese Carving Meaning
Our jade is handcarved and polished in China. The meanings of the carvings can be auspicious and are it's intentions is to bring prosperity, good fortune and good health into the wearer's lives. Jade is culturally known to help protect the wearer. Here are some of the meanings.
Dragon: Protection and strength
Gourd: Prosperity and Protection
Ruyi: Auspicious and manifestation for prosperity and security. Different carvings can have more specific meanings.
Jade Ring Care
Jade can be brittle so it is best to be careful around hard surfaces. It is ok to use with mild soap and water. Please do not use hand sanitizer or anything with rubbing alcohol to clean jade ring.