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Things To Look Out For When Buying Jadeite

Posted by Imperial Harvest on 6 March 2019

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For centuries, jadeite has remained a unique and highly sought-after precious gemstone. Due to its high demand and rarity, there are some things you can look out for to ensure that you purchase a piece of high-quality jadeite of your own. Keep reading to learn what you need to know when buying jadeite.

We know how difficult it can be to find high-quality jadeite in the market, so to help you make an informed decision, here are some key indicators you can look out for when buying your jadeite jewelry:

  • Colour
  • Transparency
  • Clarity and Texture
  • Grade of Jadeite


1. Colour

Colour is the most important aspect in determining the quality of jadeite. Be sure to look for strong vivid colours when picking your jadeite. It is recommended to view the stone under artificial and natural light. 

Imperial Harvest Jadeite Cabochon

Although jadeite is almost synonymous with the word green, it comes in a range of colours which includes green, white, lavender, yellow and black. 

The most valuable and highly sought-after jadeite is a specific shade of green, called Imperial Jade.

Imperial Green Jadeite Cabochon  

2. Transparency

Transparency of Jadeite

Jadeite can be found in opaque to semi-transparent varieties. This characteristic helps to distinguish jadeite from other green gemstones. 

The most valuable type of jadeite is semi-transparent. It gives out a glowing appearance when light hits it. 


3. Clarity and Texture 

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Pick one that is smooth and soft to the touch. Jadeite can be categorised into three main textures – fine, medium and coarse. A fine-grain jadeite is the most luxurious. Stones made from it are radiant and smooth. 


4. Grade of Jadeite

High-quality jadeites are hard to come by. Over the centuries, manufacturers have used multiple ways to improve their appearance. Methods range from the use of heat, dye and even bleach to improve the colour and durability of the gemstone. 

Here are the three grades to consider when picking jadeite: 

Grade A 


  • This is the highest quality of jadeite, making it the most valuable and durable, this is why Imperial Harvest uses Grade A jadeite. 
  • Grade A jadeite is natural and has minimal to no artificial treatments done to enhance its appearance.
Grade B


  • This grade of jadeite may have been bleached, making it more prone to breakage.
  • To prevent that, they are chemically treated to improve the gemstone's durability. 
Grade C


  • This grade of jadeite is likely to have gone through multiple procedures to enhance its appearance.
  • As a result, the colour of Grade C jadeite may fade overtime. 


We hope you have gained great insights into how you can choose your jadeite. Above all, it is highly recommended that you visit a reputable retailer. Ensure that you are provided with information of the gemstone type, authenticity and its identified grade before making your purchase.

Like to learn more about the Imperial Harvest Jadeite collection? Book a complimentary consultation or contact your Imperial Harvest advisors at +65 9122 1826 (Whatsapp/SMS/Call) for more information. 

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