Professional Jeweler Archive: Jaded Dreams

October 2003

Gemstones & Pearls/New Products

Jaded Dreams

Colorful and collectible, this gemstone is one tough cookie

A gem of a different color, jadeite jade is often white with streaks of emerald green or green with streaks of lavender. It’s also occasionally found in intense hues of orange, yellow, brown, blue, violet, pink and black. It’s this variety of color that keeps jade so interesting and fashion-forward.

“It seems that every 20 years or so, jade hits the fashion world hard – this is what we are experiencing right now,” says Don Kay of Mason Kay, Denver, CO, a jade jewelry distributor.

Jade’s collectibility is another factor in its demand. “Because of its long history, designers have 8,000 years of myths to grow designs on,” says Kay. “With their spiritual and mystical overtones, jade carvings used in jewelry or sculpture are very collectible.”

Don’t let the carvings trick you into thinking this is a soft gemstone. Jade is normally found in fine-grained, compact masses suitable for making intricate objects of art and for beads or cabochons. “This is one of the toughest gemstones in the world, and it’s ideal for any type of jewelry,” says Kay.

– by Lorraine M. O’Donnell, A.J.P.

Jade butterfly pendant flies from a strand of pearls.

Jade by Nikolai, Honolulu, HI; (808) 228-2732, fax (808) 377-3544.

18k gold and platinum earrings feature 2.67 carats of pear-shaped white diamonds, 0.50 carat of fancy orange yellow marquise diamonds and two translucent jadeite pendants of intense emerald green carved as archaic bells, each measuring 25.5mm long, 4.91mm thick.

Oscar Heyman & Bros., New York City; (212) 593-0400, fax (212) 759-8612.

Lavender jade cabochon is set in a 14k gold ring with two trilliant amethysts.

Mason Kay, Denver, CO; (800) 722-7575 or (303) 393-7575, fax (303) 393-0201.

Jadeite jade earrings and pendant feature peridot beads and 14k gold accents.

Zoe B Ltd., New York City; (212) 594-1345, fax (212) 594-1382.

Jadeite carvings.

Kings Ransom, Sausalito, CA; (877) 331-2650 or (415) 331-2650, fax (415) 331-9402.

14k gold and jade leverback earrings are each set with a 10mm-by-8mm cabochon. Suggested retail, $246. A matching bracelet is $699.

Stuller Inc., Lafayette, LA; (800) 877-7777 or (337) 262-7700, fax (800) 444-4741 or (337) 981-1655.

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