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27 Jun '17

Jewellery Setting

Jewellery settings can be broadly categorized into two groups, settings for calibrated sizes and custom settings. Commercial gemstones, largely available in jewellery shops, are usually cut into pre-set dimensions that fit into standard moulds, uniformly used by jewellery setters. These gemstones which are cut into pre-set dimensions are also known as calibrated stones. This allows for a commercially efficient solution to jewellery setting, as a single mould can be used countless times to set different gemstones.

However, for more expensive gemstones, to cut a raw stone to conform to specific dimensions would mean that a large amount of material might potentially be lost. Finding a good piece of raw material is already a very different endeavour, finding a large sized raw material of good quality, is even harder. And thus, preservation of material is of utmost importance when cutting expensive and rare materials like exquisite rubies and sapphires.

Good quality jadeite is almost exclusively cut in custom dimensions. And settings for jadeite, similar to gemstones, can be done by skilled craftsmen honed in this art.

At All About Jade, most of our jadeite jewellery have been set into jewellery settings made out of 18K gold, be it yellow, rose or white gold. This allows for customers to forgo the hassle of having to design a custom setting and subsequently finding a craftsman to set the jewellery. Moreover, in most cases, finding a reliable craftsman, in Singapore, to perform a custom setting would be more expensive, considering how transactions usually lower in price with increased volume.

All our jewellery settings are performed by master craftsmen who have been working with us for countless years and if the need arises, custom designs and settings can be performed. The entire process of designing a custom setting to the delivery arrangements of the jadeite will be arranged by us. Advice on the optimum designs for any jadeite will also be provided either via email, or in person at our physical shop.

Our jadeite pieces are sourced as raw unset stones and will be sequentially arranged to be set into classic jewellery showcased in our physical and online shop. If there are any specific requests for a certain shade of green, or a certain size of jadeite cabochon pair for that dream pair of earrings, feel free to drop us a message to enquire or visit us at our physical shop to take a look at our custom jewellery settings in person. Odds are that we will be able to source a perfect piece for you from our inventory.

16 Feb '17

Imperial Green Jadeite?

Background

A wide variety of colours is available in jadeite. Of which, a specific shade of green is the most highly sought after variation. This particular shade of green is often described in many differing ways and a quick search online will lead you to various shades of green claiming to be the most exclusive. Apple green, vivid green and other names are common terms all leading to the most popular term, imperial green jadeite. However, noting the fact that there is no specific guideline to classify and grade natural jadeite, there is no actual clear definition of what constitutes an imperial green colour.

So, what is imperial green? To term imperial green as the most exclusive shade of colour for jadeite would naturally tag prices correspondingly. Thus, the most expensive jadeites should define the term imperial green.

Examples Of Some Really Expensive Jadeite

Some examples of the most expensive jadeite ever sold publicly are shown here.

 

Jadeite Brooch

 

Jadeite Bangle

The first photo is a brooch that was featured in a NYTIMES article (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/16/fashion/Jade-Becomes-Rarer-Amid-Demand-From-China.html).

The second photo is the most expensive jadeite jewellery that was publicly transacted. An astounding 214 million HKD was the hammer price for this necklace purchased by Cartier. 


 

The third photo is another piece of jadeite jewellery publicly transacted. This jadeite bangle was sold under the hammer for 43 million HKD and is as expensive as it gets for jadeite bangles.

These 3 pieces of jadeite jewellery are just samples taken from the internet to showcase exclusive jadeite jewellery and their colours.

Colour Analysis

Further analysis of the images through photo pixel mapping, reveals further information of the specific shades of green that make up the majority of the images.

Image 1 – Jadeite Brooch

Colour

Pixels

HEX

RGB

 

24.51%

#186D2C

24 109 44

 

18.59%

#1C8938

28 137 56

 

7.75%

#6E9F78

110 159 120

 

Image 2 – Jadeite Beads Necklace

Colour

Pixels

HEX

RGB

 

8.78%

#2C7D46

44 125 70

 

1.88%

#285839

40 88 57

 

1.25%

#9EC1AD

158 193 173

 

Image 3 – Jadeite Bangle

Colour

Pixels

HEX

RGB

 

5.84%

#08723A

8 114 58

 

2.92%

#1F9552

31 149 82

 

1.48%

#3F8660

63 134 96

 

Thoughts

Are these the colours representative of the elusive imperial green?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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07 Dec '16

Jade Si Dian Jin 四点金

Background

Si Dian Jin or 四点金, in Singapore is a gift that is presented from the family of the groom to the bride before a wedding. This tradition has its roots in Chinese culture and the types of jewellery presented as Si Dian Jin depends on the different dialect groups. The common Si Dian Jin set of jewellery presents itself as a set of a necklace, a ring, a bracelet or bangle and a pair of earrings.

Modern Take on Si Dian Jin 四点金

In most cases, Si Dian Jin, as a set of jewellery would be worn on the wedding day and subsequently kept in a safe to be passed down to future generations.

24k gold is usually the metal to go for when choosing Si Dian Jin due to its ability to retain value and absolute resistance to tarnish. However, as jewellery, 24k gold is not the hardiest and is susceptible to being deformed. Pure gold jewellery sets made in 24k gold are therefore not very practical to be worn more than the 1 occasion, before being tucked safely away in safe boxes. Thus, many places nowadays offer many different modern takes on Si Dian Jin to be sets of jewellery that can be both meaningful and yet worn on formal or classy occasions, still made of 24k gold but incorporating other hardier material in various designs.

Here at All About Jade, varying sets of jade have been carefully selected to present options to the traditional Si Dian Jin in the classiest forms of jade. Jade, in itself, is an exceptionally hard material and will withstand the test of time. In terms of value, quality jade pieces have always been the go to material of Chinese as investments through centuries past. Choosing a set of quality jade jewellery adorned in gold would be the definite step up in beauty, durability and if recent trends are an indication, even investment value.

All About Jade Sets of 四点金

All About Jade - Si Dian Jin GreenAll About Jade - Si Dian Jin Colourless

Jade comes in various colours and quality. Only natural Type A jade is sold in All About Jade and investing in a set of Si Dian Jin 四点金 would be really down one’s personal choice. Different pieces can be mixed and matched depending on the colour of the jade pieces and if you have any preference for any specific colour, we will be more than happy to configure a set to your preferences. For any enquires, do contact us here.

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24 Sep '16

Directions To Our Jade Shop

Posted by All About Jade in jade shop, jadeite shop, singapore

Location

Our physical shop is located at 54 Smith Street, Singapore 058960. Our shop is in the first storey of a shop house.



Getting Here Via Car

Right opposite our physical shop, there is a multi-storey carpark which is just a 1 min walk away to our shop. The HDB carpark is at Chinatown Complex, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335. The parking rates are shown below for quick reference:

Parking Period

Rates (SGD)

Monday – Saturday
(0700 – 1700hr)

1.00 Per 30 Minutes

Monday – Saturday
(1700 – 0700hr)

0.50 Per 30 Minutes

Sunday & Public Holidays
(All Day)

0.50 Per 30 Minutes



Getting Here Via MRT

The closest MRT station to our physical shop would be the Chinatown MRT station (NE4/DT19). Take Exit A from the Chinatown MRT station and you will find yourself on Pagoda Street. Our shop is 2 streets away from Pagoda Street.



Getting Here Via Bus

Travelling via bus, the 2 roads that are closest to our jade shop are Eu Tong Sen Street and New Bridge Street. These 2 streets run parallel to each other but traffic is going in opposite directions on these 2 streets.

If you are travelling along New Bridge Street, the closest bus stop would be at New Bridge Centre, Stop ID 05039. The buses available on this route are: 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 961C, 970, CT8 and CT18. Directions from this bus stop to our shop are shown here:



If you are travelling along Eu Tong Sen Street, the closest bus stop would be at People’s Park Complex, Stop ID 05013. The buses available on this route are: 2, 12, 33, 61, 63, 80, 143, 197, 961, 961C, 970, CT8 and CT18. Directions from this bus stop to our shop are shown here:

24 Jul '16

Jade Bangles

Jade Bangle - Raw StonesJade bangles come in a multitude of variations. In general, jade bangles are the most common form of jade jewellery and are probably jade in their most recognizable form.

Due to its hollow circular shape, producing a single jade bangle would require a large piece of raw jade. As a result, quality jade bangles are much rarer as compared to other jade jewellery in other forms. Larger blocks of good quality jade are significantly much harder to find. As such, quality jade bangles also increase in price substantially with the increment in thickness of the bangle.

The image on the right illustrates how blocks of jade are selected for carving out jade bangles. Any single crack line on a block of jade will render the block unusable for carving jade bangles.

Different Types of Bangles

Material

Jade bangles, like all jade jewellery, can be firstly split into 2 main categories: Jadeite and nephrite bangles. Differences between jadeite and nephrite are fundamental and affect everything about the jade, from colour to lustre.

Colour

Jade bangles come in all sorts of colours. Since jade bangles need to be carved out from a single block of jade, finding good quality jade bangles with beautiful green shades are exceptionally rare. A sample of some of the colours available for jade bangles is shown here:

Jade Bangle - Colours

Shape

The shape of a bangle will determine the fit of a bangle worn on the wrist. There are 2 main shapes that jade bangles are designed in. Jade bangles are either oval in shape or circular in shape.

Round Shaped Jade Bangle Oval Shaped Jade Bangle
Jade Bangle - Round Shaped Jade Bangle - Oval Shape

Cut (Cross Sectional Dimensions)

Traditionally, bangles are cut and polished to be circular in both shape and cross sectional dimensions. This requires the most raw materials due to the bevels required to achieve the round cross sections. There have been introductions to jade design both out of practicality, functionality and perhaps style.

Today, jade bangles can mainly be found in 4 different kinds of cut: Rounded-square, round, inner bevelled and bevelled (outer and inner).

 Jade Bangles - Cross Sections

Bevelling the surface of the bangle allows for the removal of imperfections that would otherwise allow for a round bangle to be made. It also makes for a more comfortable fit if the bevelling is done on the inner side of the bangle. Having straight lines provides a cleaner silhouette and appeals to a more modern fit for an otherwise traditional form of jewellery.

Tips on Wearing Jade Bangles

Jade bangles typically have no opening mechanism built in, unlike bracelets. Thus, the fit of a jade bangle is very important. If a bangle is too large, the bangle might not necessarily fall off but this increases the incidences of accidentally hitting the jade bangle against objects, thereby causing it to break. If a bangle is too small, the act of wearing the bangle is actually impossible without breaking some bones. So, to choose and wear a good fitting jade bangle, some bearable pain has to be endured. Here are some tips to reduce the discomfort of squeezing one’s hands through a bangle and to wear a bangle that fits well on the wrist.

Lubricate

The easiest way to get a jade bangle into one’s hand is to use soap as a lubricant. Lubricating the hand and the jade bangle will reduce friction to allow the bangle to slip over the hand. Any sort of lubricant will help and using soap is beneficial since that also cleans the jade bangle at the same time.

Hand creams are another form of lubrication and are very useful in situations where soap and water are not available. Moreover, unlike pearls and coral, jade is not affected by creams or soap, allowing people to wear their bangles all the time even while bathing.

Using Plastic Bags

At most physical jade shops, the go-to method for trying out jade bangles would be to use a thin plastic bag. The plastic bag would be placed over the wearer’s hand before slipping the jade bangle over the wearer’s hand. The jade bangle will not be in contact with any skin and this works just like a lubricant. The benefit is that the wearer does not have to come into contact with any chemicals. A pictorial guide illustrating how this can be done can be found in the link here.

Getting A Friend To Help

Fitting into a jade bangle might not be the easiest thing to do. Even with considerable amounts of soap and water, sometimes, it is hard to squeeze into a jade bangle. Thus, having someone around to help out would be useful.

Bangle Sizing

Purchasing a bangle will depend highly on personal preferences due to the number of variations available for selection. However, to begin any selection, one should filter the available options by the size of one’s hands and wrist. Sizes of hands differ from person to person and this should be used to filter out the bangles that can be bought and worn comfortably (without breaking any bones).

Wearing a bangle involves squeezing ones hands to create the smallest circumference possible and slotting the hand through the bangle. Thus, to know the size of bangles that can be worn, one has to identify the minimum circumference of one’s squeezed hands. A pictorial illustration of measuring the minimum circumference can be seen from steps 4 – 8 of this link.

The minimum circumference of one’s hands depends greatly on the flexibility of one’s bones. Most jade bangles provide inner diameter specifications but not the circumference. Thus, as a guideline, using the calculation for circle circumferences, a table is provided below for quick reference.

Hand Circumference Minimum Bangle Diameter
157 - 163 mm 50 - 52 mm
163 - 170 mm 52 - 54 mm
170 - 176 mm 54 - 56 mm
176 - 182 mm 56 - 58 mm
182 - 188 mm 58 - 60 mm
188 - 195 mm 60 - 62 mm
195 - 201 mm 62 - 64 mm
201 - 207 mm 64 - 66 mm
207 - 214 mm 66 - 68 mm


The sizing guideline is calculated with the assumption that the jade bangle is of a circular shape and should only be taken as a reference. Whether one can wear a bigger size is dependent on one’s comfort level. A loose fitting jade bangle might feel insecure as it might drop off accidentally. Whether one can wear a smaller size, is really dependent on one’s ability to endure pain (It is quite painful to squeeze into a smaller sized bangle).

The only way to be perfectly sure that a jade bangle fits is to try out the bangle in person. The next best option is to purchase jade bangles identical to an existing jade bangle that fits. However, being able to fit into a round bangle of certain size does not necessary mean that one is still able to fit into an oval shaped jade bangle of the same size.

Buying Jade Bangles

An assortment of jade bangles can be purchased online and offline. However, if you wish to purchase a jade bangle for the first time and you are physically in Singapore, please do drop by at our physical shop, at 54 Smith Street, to understand the best fit for your hand. As much as we would like to be an online store, buying jade bangles is really quite a physical affair.

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