Burmese jade Gemstone
Affectionately referred to as the “Stone of Heaven” by the Chinese, Burmese jade has long been considered to be the quintessential green jade gemstone.
Derived from the Spanish word “piedra da ijada” meaning “stone of the flank,” jade is believed to bestow the wearer with many virtues, notably wisdom, purity, long life, and good health. Jade can be classified into two different types, nephrite, and jadeite. Burmese jade is jadeite and may also be known as Burmese jadeite. The Chinese are great fans of this jewel, consuming the majority of gem production for centuries.
Determining Burmese Jade Value
Is Burmese jade valuable? The value of colored stones is typically determined by a combination of its color, clarity, cut, and carat weight. It is no different when determining what Burmese jade is worth. These guidelines will help you choose stones for your collection.
- Burmese Jade Color
Color is the most important quality factor for Burmese jade. Consumers traditionally associate Burmese jadeite with green color, and it surprises them to learn that it comes in other colors as well, such as white, purple, pink, blue, yellow, and orange. However, a transparent green, like emerald, is historically the preferred jade color. It is also known as imperial jade. Below imperial jade is a kingfisher jade with a slightly less vibrant hue but still highly treasured. Apple jade is a yellow-green color, while moss-in-snow jade is a translucent white color, with patches or veining of intense, vibrant green.
The value of this attractive stone depends mostly on the color saturation. Gemstones with vivid emerald green are considered the most valuable and command a higher price in today’s market.
- Burmese Jade Clarity
Clarity refers to inclusions, which occur within Burmese jade during the formation process, mainly in black and white. White inclusions are less distracting than black ones, and the less visible the inclusion the better.
Burmese jade transparency ranges from completely opaque to semi-transparent. The best jadeite is considered to be semi-transparent with an alluring brilliance. However, the least desirable jadeites are completely opaque or have cloudy patches that break up their transparency.
Jadeite has a smooth, even texture that makes people want to touch and hold it. Its luster is dull to greasy when polished. Uneven color distribution can often be mistaken for inclusions.
- Burmese Jade Cut
Burmese jade is extremely versatile and can be cut into various shapes. It is commonly shaped into round, oval, cushion and pear shapes. Fine-quality jadeite might also be cut into round beads, which are carefully selected and strung into strands.
- Burmese Jade Carat
The better the cut, color, and clarity of the stone, the higher the value. The common sizes of Burmese jade found at Shop LC are 8x6 millimeter to 20x15mm in ovals, 8x6mm to 12x10mm in cushions, 6mm to 12mm in rounds and 8x6mm to 20x15mm in pears. The value of cabochons, beads, and bangle bracelets rises with an increase in size. With top-quality imperial jadeite, slight differences in size can create large differences in value.
Burmese Jade Treatment
Burmese jadeite may undergo bleaching, dyeing, and impregnation to improve the appearance of the stone and enhance its durability. This treatment is stable with normal care and does not require any special care.
Caring for Burmese Jade
Burmese jade ranks 6.5 to 7.0 on the Mohs scale of hardness, a good choice for stylish jewelry. With a good toughness to protect from accidental chips or breaks, it’s a durable gem for daily wear, or simply whenever you like. Burmese jade is beautiful stone for all types of jewelry and with proper care will last for generations.
Wash your Burmese jade pieces in a solution of mild dish soap and lukewarm water using a soft cloth or brush to remove dust, fingerprints and other grime. Rinse with fresh, cool water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Avoid the use of harsh household chemicals and prolonged exposure to extreme heat when cleaning jade stones. Ultrasonic and steam cleaners are not recommended for this gem.
Always store these brilliant jadeite gems inside a fabric-lined box or wrapped in a soft cloth. They should be stored separately from other jewels in your collection to avoid accidental scratches or other damage.
Who Can Wear Burmese Jade?
Being one of the most versatile gemstones, Burmese jade is ideal for almost any type of jewelry, such as rings, earrings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, beads, brooches, and many other beautiful ornaments. Entire bangles, known as hololiths, are also fashioned from jadeite.
With a good hardness, brilliance, and durability, Burmese jade can also be combined with other colored gemstones, or placed in settings made from gold, silver, or other precious metals. In addition to jewelry, jade is used to make sculptures, religious art, and small functional objects.
Jade is the traditional gift for the 12th wedding anniversary.
How Does Burmese Jade Compare to Other Green Gemstones?
Burmese jade is often mistaken for other similar gemstones, including chalcedony, serpentine, vesuvianite, and aventurine because they all are translucent, green in color and possess a vitreous luster.
If you adore brilliant emerald green with great translucency, then Burmese jade is a good option for you!
Where Does Burmese Jade Come From?
Shop LC sources Burmese jade from the Kachin region of Northern Myanmar (Burma).
How is Burmese Jade Mined?
Burmese jade was mined through artisanal methods, utilizing hand tools and traditional techniques for centuries. However, after the military junta government took control of the country in the early 1960’s mining techniques were slowly mechanized.
Most of the jade is mined in open pits using specialized machinery. Along with the high-pressure water hoses, much of the northern landscape has been scoured while searching for this gem. Artisanal miners and methods still exist; however, the progress has been slow.
Burmese Jade Properties
What Does Burmese Jade Mean?
According to legend, jade is a symbol of purity and serenity, signifying wisdom gathered in tranquility. Associated with the heart chakra, it increases love and nurturing.
In China, jadeite is considered so precious that there is a saying that goes, "gold is valuable while jade is priceless". They believe that a jadeite bangle absorbs negative energy, protecting the wearer. It is also believed that jadeite reflects the life of the wearer, becoming more brilliant and brighter during good times and losing its luster in times of suffering.
Many gems therapists view jade as a protective stone, keeping the wearer away from harm. Burmese jade is believed to cure pains in the side of the body. It is thought to possess health-strengthening properties, encourage longevity, and assist in fertility and childbirth. Green jade calms the nervous system and channels passion in constructive ways. It is said to attract good luck and friendship.
Disclaimer: For informational purposes only. These remedies, approaches, and techniques are not a substitute for professional medical care or treatment. They should not be used to treat any ailment without prior consultation with a qualified health care professional.
Is Burmese Jade a Birthstone?
Jade is not an official modern birthstone. Some may prefer Burmese jade as an alternative to peridot, the official August birthstone.
Burmese Jade Facts
- Burmese jade ranks 6.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale of hardness.
- Burmese jade possesses a brilliant green color. The finest quality is a transparent emerald green, known as the “Imperial Jade.”
- Shop LC sources our supply of Burmese jade from the Kachin region of Myanmar (Burma).
- Burmese jade is bleached, dyed, and impregnated to improve color and durability.
- It is also known as Burmese jadeite.