'The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith'
What is Jade?
Jadeite is a mineral that forms through metamorphism. It is mostly found in metamorphic rocks were the Earth's plates collide.
From ancient times, much of the prospecting for jade has been in the steeper parts of drainage basins, where pebble to boulder size pieces of rocks are found in stream valleys. Boulders and pebbles of jade normally have a brown weathering rind that hides their inner beauty and potential value.
Jade is a durable, colourful material that can be worked into shapes and given a high polish. These properties make it a very desirable gemstone. Jade has been used to make a variety of jewellery items such as pendants, necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings, beads, cabochons, tumbled stones, and other items.
These jewellery items are often made of solid jade, combined with other gems, or placed in settings made from gold, silver, or other precious metals. In addition to jewellery, jade is used to make small sculptures, ornaments, religious art, and small functional objects.