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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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