Jade is a name, which may refer to two minerals: Jadeite or Nephrite. Today over 90% of Jade comes from Myanmar. Jade has cultural significance to people of the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania but perhaps the deepest and most enduring legacy is that of China.
For thousands of years, Chinese sculptors have refined an artistic tradition of jade carving and the gemstone is an important part of Chinese cultural heritage. In Chinese tradition, Jade is especially significant as a gift, bestowing luck and protection on the recipient. It is also highly personal and thought to be linked with the wearer. For that reason, Jade jewelry as an heirloom is especially powerful, conveying familial love, protection, and respect through generations.
Imperial jade is highly valued and recognized for it’s translucent and vibrant green color. Jade may also be white, or when coloring impurities called chromophores are present; icy blue, light violet, red, blue, or all shades of green and yellow. Black jade is actually a very deep green, resulting from a high iron content. The best specimens of Jade have no veining, cracking, or watercolor marks.
For a modern designer, Jade is an exciting material for it’s history, versatility, and beauty.
“I wanted to push the boundaries of inlaying a gemstone into a ring. The superior toughness of black jade allows for the inlays to be very complex, following tight tolerances and creating striking geometric shapes. The contrast between the darkness of the jade and the fine lines of gold create a masculine and elegant effect.”