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which produces the green hue, or iron, which creates the red and yellow. Jadeite also comes in purple, blue, yellow, black and pink, depending on the impurities.
Green jadeite is always the most expensive when comparing two stones of the same size and translucency. The higher the intensity of colour, the higher the value. Top-quality jadeite, known as imperial jade, is a vibrant, emerald green and very translucent. With a vivid hue that’s pure and penetrating, and which looks intense even from a distance, imperial jade is now one of the world’s most expensive gemstones, and exquisite examples command millions of US dollars. The best jadeite must be translucent, and have a fine texture and brightness, both in pale green and intense green shades, says Chow. It should be free from noticeable or distracting defects, including cloudy patches and black spots, when viewed with the naked eye. Jadeite ranges from completely opaque to highly translucent. The best jadeite is nearly transparent, which is why it is best presented as a cabochon. Because light penetrates below the surface, the stone appears to be glowing. The least desirable jadeites are completely opaque, or have opaque or cloudy patches that mar their translucency.