❙❙❙ After 13 years, Burmese Jadeite importation ban was just lifted by U.S. government on Oct. 7, 2016 ...
Condition: New / Good Country of origin : Myanmar (previously Burma) Shape : 12mm round Material / Gem : 100% Natural Burmese jade / jadeite Natural / Enhanced : Grade A / Type A (untreated and undyed) Refractive index: 1.66 -1.67 Specific gravity: 3.33 - 3.34 Luster: vitreous luster Surface texture : medium grain
• MINERAL INFORMATION •
The term "Jade" specifically applies to two different rocks, Nephrite and Jadeite. Jadeite, prized for its hardness and ability to be intricately carved, is the genuine jade, rarer than Nephrite, so it is regarded as more precious. It is found in China, Russia and Guatemala, but the best Jadeite comes from Burma, now known as Myanmar.
Burmese Jadeite derives its name from the Jadeite mines of Upper Burma where it is mined. It is the principal source of top-grade gem material. It is a sodium aluminum silicate that can have the full range of colors.
In Myanmar, at the annual 'Gems, Jade and Pearls Emporium', blocks of jade in all sizes are auctioned. When purchasing the raw materials, the dealers need to be fairly lucky, since the nodules, blocks and fragments are sold either whole or after having been cut into slices, and there is only a very small window, the result of some initial grinding. So the buyer cannot see exactly what is hidden on the inside: valuable green jade, or an almost worthless, speckled or streaky material. It is not until the cutting process begins that the real quality is revealed.
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