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How to Determine Jade Value: The 2Ts + 4Cs Method

| Jackson Hunter

In this blog, we will be talking about how to tell the value of Jade.

 As you might know, RealJadeCo. carries a large collection of genuine, natural, jadeite jade that is untreated. We pride ourselves on the quality of our jade. But one of the most common questions we get asked in our showroom is:"What is the difference between a jade piece that is $199 and $10,000?" Essentially where is the extra value coming from? How can we tell? I will be answering that for you right now.

 There's this old saying that goes like this :" Gold has value. But jade is priceless..." So really it comes down to what the piece means to you, of course, the overall quality also affects the value. But Jade is a very spiritual stone that is different from almost all other gemstones.

The value of Jade comes down to 2T 4C attributes: Which are 

  1. Texture 
  2. Transparency
  3. Color
  4. Carat
  5. Craftsmanship
  6. Clarity

All of the four things plays into the over all cost of the piece of jade, no two pieces of jade will be exactly the same, which makes each piece of jade jewelry unique and interesting. Unlike some other stones that are used in jewelry.

1: Texture:

The texture of the jade piece, is talking about how fine the jade piece looks, for example a jadeite bangle that are more expensive is going to have a finer grain. A common analogy is comparing the skin of a young women to the skin of an elderly lady. Same goes for jade, but we are looking at the marbling, cracks, of the pieces. 

This bangle has a very fine texture, with little to no marbling, which makes this a very fine bangle.


2:  Translucency/ Transparency.  

We will look at this bangle again. Notice the how translucent this jade bangle is compared to some of the other pieces. The more translucent the piece is the more desirable it is. This bangle is available on and this is a great example of a translucent piece. 

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3: Color 

Jadeite comes in many different colors, such as green, yellow, lavender, black, red, brown, dark green. But the most common is either a shade of green or a white-ish color with faint green. Generally the more vibrant the color is, the more desirable it is, not only because the vibrant color stones are harder to find, also because truly how stunning the color can be. Such as the Jadeite piece in the main picture of the blog.

For example, the three rings shown in the picture above are all natural genuine jadeite. Notice the color variation.


4: Craftsmanship

This is refers to how well the piece of jewelry is carved/ made, this is mainly for pieces that are like Buddha, carvings of different animals, carvings of different symbols, etc. And in general how well they are carved, how realistic the piece looks. Etc. In a way like the cut on a diamond. We want an excellent cut, that's some thing also looked at in jade.Here for example, we are looking at a jadeite Buddha and a natural jadeite bangle, notice how well done the Buddha is.


 5: Carat 

When assessing the value of jade, carat weight plays a vital role. Larger carat weights contribute to the rarity and desirability of jade gemstones, thus increasing their value. However, it is essential to consider carat weight alongside other quality factors to fully evaluate the worth of a jade specimen.


6; Clarity

When assessing the value of jade, clarity plays a pivotal role. Higher clarity grades indicate a purer and more visually appealing gemstone. The flawless transparency of jade enhances its market desirability and value. However, it is essential to consider clarity alongside other factors to fully evaluate the worth of a jade specimen.

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  • Posted by Lynn Howard on

    I was wondering where I can sell my jade at I’ve got at least 16 pounds of it

  • Posted by Kelly lee ryan on

    I have a natural,untreated big chunky rock of georgous jade ,
    Can U please tell me wat U roughly would price at please I’ll include picture of my gem

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