This is an important question as that the old/young species of the jadeite is the important factor

that influence the price of the jadeite jewelries directly. Firstly, let’s talk about what’s the old species jadeite? What’s the young species jadeite? With the industry term, the old species jadeite is always described as” come from the old pit”. In fact, the old species jadeite refer to the formation and evolution of the jadeite in the underground for a long time, and vice versa. They have some characteristics, such as have good transparency, and even can see fluorescence, have little of cotton. Please note that every jadeite has cotton, but it’s only a matter of less or much. The old species has the high hardness, so they have the strong reflected light similar the metal gloss. On the other hand, the young species has a less long time of formation and evolution underground. So the species is young, they always looks less transparent and have some cotton, and the gloss is not as good as the old species jadeite. Now, the old species jadeite are more and more expensive as the amount is less and less. So this kinds of jadeite have the high investment value in the market.

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When we taking about the knowledge about the species of the jadeite, we have to say two questions first. One is how to classify the jadeite species, another is what the old species and young species in jadeite. In fact, the species we talked is refer to the transparency of the jadeite in term.

1, Glass species: complete transparent, glass luster. Hard to see the crystalline structure by eyes.

The glass species jadeite have the highest price in the market;

2, Ice species: transparent, such as water or ice. The crystalline structure< o.5mm-0.1 mm, the semi-transparent texture is also classified to be the ice species. The ice species jadeite have the high price and high investment value in the market;

3, Ice waxy jadeite: almost nontransparent. Can see the crystalline structure by eyes, granule texture (<1mm-0.5mm). Sometimes a jadeite jewelry will have 2 species, one half is the ice species,

other half is ice waxy jadeite. And that doesn’t like someone said the ice waxy jadeite don’t have value, in fact the ice waxy jadeite, especially the ice waxy bangle has good value and price in the market.

4, Waxy jadeite: complete nontransparent. The crystalline structure is loose. Can see the crystalline structure by eyes, has a lot of cotton. The granule texture (<2mm-1mm). The waxy jadeite is the low price kind in jadeite jewelries. But the waxy jadeite also has the good price if it has very good color, such as pure green, violet or red.

Common knowledge of jadeite

1, what’s jadeite jade?

The jadeite we say is common refer to the jadeite come from Burma. Beside the jadeite come from Burma, Russia, Guatemala and Japan also produce the jadeite. But the quality of the jadeite in these countries is not as good as that in Burma.

2, How to spot the difference: Jade vs jadeite?

The scope of the jade is much larger than the jadeite. The Nephrite and Jadeite are called by joint name Jade. The Nephrite including white jade, green jade and dark jade. There are some typical Nephrite, such as Hetian jade, Afghan jade, Taiwan jade and Russian jade.

3,What are the characteristics of natural jadeite?

This is a big topic. Now let’s start with these points. And these also the most important point to pay more attention when judging and purchasing the natural jadeite. Usually the certificate of the jadeite jewelries will show these data:

Hardness scope:6.5-6.7,

Density: 3.33, a

Refractive Index: 1.66

Absorption Spectrum: Jadeite Characteristic Spectrum

4, How many colors does the natural jadeite contain?



Emerald green

Fresh Green

Pure Green

Apple Green

Light Green

Blue Green

Dark Green

Gray Green


Pure Blue

Gray Blue

Dark Blue




Purple (violet)




White or clear



Three color Jadeite, this usually refer to the white, purple, green in one jadeite jewelries.