Jade is a gemstone like no other, often referred to as a living stone due to its mystical properties. This alluring gemstone has captivated the attention of so many cultures throughout thousands of years. Almost every continent has been captivated with jade in its peoples’ culture, economy, religion and of course jewelry. What many people do not realize is that there are two different gemstones referred to as jade: there is Nephrite and Jadeite.
When you keep it local and shop with us at Worthmore Jewelers in Midtown Atlanta or Decatur Georgia, you will find fine jadeite jewelry. We pride ourselves in carrying fine jadeite jade and in our 29 years of business, have found that is something that our clients truly cherish.
Both jadeite and nephrite are two of the toughest gemstones on the planet. They both come in many of the same colors and can be carved into beautiful designs. Jadeite jade and nephrite jade are both used in jewelry and can also be seen in historical artifacts, and often show up in exclusive auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s. Jade has also been admired by archaeologists as a window to past cultures.
Nephrite is known as the jade of ancient China, as jadeite jade did not have a significant effect on the Chinese market until the late 1700s. However, many of the breathtaking pieces of jade jewelry that entered the US market from China at the beginning of the 20th Century were in fact jadeite. So, when people think of jade, it is probably jadeite, they have seen.
Jadeite jade is commonly treated to enhance its beauty. Treatments can hurt jade’s value, durability and often are not permanent. This is whey we recommend only buying jade from someone you know and trust, like Worthmore Jewelers. Natural jade is rare, valuable, tough, durable, and long-lasting. Untreated natural jade maintains its appearance indefinitely, unlike treated jade.
Worthmore Jewelers is built on the foundation of knowledge, trust, and disclosure. Therefore we have an on-staff Gemologist, Laura Kaplowitz, and many of our staff have received extensive training from Gemological Institute of America and American Gem Society. We do offer both untreated natural jade and treated jade. We do feel there is a place for both in the jewelry wardrobe. You can shop with confidence knowing we only source our natural jadeite jewelry from the most trusted jade suppliers in the US. Each piece of our natural untreated jade has been tested and we guarantee it as natural, untreated jadeite jade. Because of this, you can always shop with confidence knowing that it is, in fact, the rarest jade you will be wearing.
Please don’t hesitate to stop by either location of Worthmore Jewelers to see our constantly changing, truly one of a kind, collection of natural jade jewelry.