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Antique Jade

Antique Jade is very much early jade which can go back as far as 6000 years. The chinese have been carving jade for that long and speciments have been found in ancient china going back 5000 years. Of course jade has been carved not only in China. many other countries have a tradition of using jade for many years and one can find antique jade in many areas of the globe. But the most well know has to be the chinese dynastys and early periods and jade from these times buy and sell for many dollars.

Auction houses such as Southebys and Christies, among others, regularly feature antique jade, usually of chinese origin and almost always highly valued and priced. Antique jade can also be found at antique jade collector clubs, trade fairs and in antique shops and dealers.

One can buy books on the various antique jade ornaments and most of them are well documented and catalogued, their value known by avid antique jade collectors.

Treasured Gems
Jade is one of the most treasured gems by jewelery lovers today. In ancient times, it was said that jade could heal the digestive system. Over the years, it has evolved into a symbol of love. Ancient Chinese cultures said that the stone had the ability to attract love. Jade, according to mythology, is also protective and can create wealth. Whatever the case, antique jade is very much a part of today's jewelery marketplace.

As well as to make jewelery, Antique jade is also used to make sculptures that can be displayed in your home or office.

Jade comes in many colors and can be carved into various shapes. According to experts, jade is sometimes carved into a crouching dragon; the symbol most likely developed a half century ago, but it still remains popular today. Jade jewelery comes in a wide variety of colors, ranging from off white to pale and vivid green.

Antique jade jewelery is often beaded. Jade necklaces are often cut into cabochon stones and are strung onto fine string that surrounds the neck quite elegantly. Many jade rings are made in China and sold on websites originating in Western countries, such as England. Before approaching these sites, it is important to know the facts. Antique green jade can appear iridescent and reflect light quite well. However, high quality jade that has iridescent qualities can be quite expensive.

Antique jade jewelery can also come in colors of dark brown and red. Bright green jade is quite often placed in sterling silver to create a southwestern look. When set with a precious metal, such as gold or silver, a piece of antique jade jewelery can sell for as much as $1,000.00. Of course, finding a nice piece of jade does not have to cost you an arm and a leg. There are many small jewelery boutiques that specialize in southwestern jewelery. You can buy a beautiful jade bracelet for roughly $100.00 from some retailers.

However, the price will go up if the piece is combined with other stones, such as coral. Coral goes quite well with green jade. Finding jewelery that combines these stones can be difficult.

Old Jade
Many people think old jade is in fact old. However, this is far from the truth. Old jade, according to experts, is different from typical jade in the sense that it is a much deeper green. You can find custom antique jade jewelery for sale online, often in colors of white and ivory. Antique jade jewelery can have a rustic look, when different colors of of the stone are combined.

According to gem experts, you should examine stones before you buy antique jade. Note the differences in color. Jadeite has a deeper green, which will stand out more than nephrite jade, which is lighter in color. If you find yourself at a loss of what color of jade to buy, try holding jade up to an outfit. That way, you can mix and match. And you get what you want.

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