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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.

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