Jade encompasses two minerals – jadeite and nephrite. Jadeite is the more precious form and its emerald green almost transparent colour is highly prized in Asia and called “imperial jade”. Nephrite is a stone of cultural importance in New Zealand (often referred to as “greenstone”) and was used for tools, weapons and for ornamentation. A spinach-green variety is found in Russia. Deposits are found in a number of countries. Jade comes in green, white, orange, yellow, lavender, grey and black. The white variety can be dyed.
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