Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Jadeite at auction

These are just a few of the hundreds of extraordinary pieces showing later this month at Sotheby's "Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite" auction in Hong Kong (all images linked to full listings). Did you know that in addition to the most recognizable apple green, jadeite can be found in a variety of other colors? Lavender, black, yellow, red and even white are highly desirable and rare color variations for the mineral. I had no idea! Jadeite is one of two types of the gemstone jade (the other is called nephrite) and has been found in only about a dozen places worldwide. The most desirable, translucent jadeite specimens are only found in Central America and Burma.

Images courtesy of Sotheby's


Anonymous said...

I have a Jadeite ring exactly the same as that one. I love that bracelet. So beautiful.

Wild Tea Party said...

I never understood the appeal of Jadeite until I saw the good quality stuff in HK. It's breathtaking!

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