So what exactly is jade?
There are actually only two minerals classified as “true” jade. They possess distinct mineral compositions, structures, and colors, setting them apart in the world of gemology.
While nephrite and jadeite are the traditional forms of jade, various other stones are often referred to as "jade" due to their resemblance. These stones may not meet the criteria of genuine jade in terms of mineral composition, yet they exhibit stunning colors, patterns, and textures that make them equally precious and gorgeous jewelry pieces to wear.
Jade or "Jade": Which jade is it?
Now that we know what true jade is, let's take a closer look at some of my favorite gemstones with the last name Jade. Some are the real deal and some are lookalikes. Are you able to spot the difference?
British Columbia Jade:
Exploring the world of jade gemstone jewelry means diving into the unique traits of each gem and appreciating the nuances. They all have their own charm and cultural significance. Whether true jade or its lookalikes, they are all worthy of a spot in the jade gemstone family tree. I hope you find a new favorite to add to your jewelry box. 💚
Ana Maria Andricain
Ana is a metal clay certified artist creating handcrafted nature inspired artisan jewelry from her Baton Rouge studio. If you love natural gemstones and metal, welcome home!