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04 Oct '17

Jadeite Cabochon Rings and Earrings

Jadeite Cabochons

Unlike most gemstones, Jadeite is not a transparent gemstone. As a result, Jadeite jewellery is not faceted like Sapphires or Rubies, and is fashioned into accessories with smooth surfaces. Colour being the prime factor for quality in Jadeite is followed by clarity of the material. Being generally known as an opaque material, Jadeite with high translucency is exceptionally rare. Fine grained Jadeite pieces found in raw stones will be carved to maximize the yield of the translucent material. When whole pieces of Jadeite that are completely translucent are found, cabochons can be fashioned out of the raw stone.

Colour and Quality

Jadeite cabochons can be found in numerous forms and typically, only exceptional material is carved into cabochons. They are graded by 3 main factors: Colour, translucency and size. As with all jadeite jewellery, green is the favoured colour and of the various green shades, a medium tone and highly saturated green is the most valuable. Another highly rare colour is the lavender jadeite. Translucency in jadeite is highly rare and a clear translucent jadeite cabochon would be an exceedingly rare and precious find. Lastly, rarity increases exponentially with size. However, having a large cabochon would affect the translucency of the material as light would have to pass through a larger cross sectional area of jadeite. Some examples of jadeite cabochons are shown below for reference.

Cabochons in Jewellery

Cabochons are typically fashioned into rings. In examples like the clear light green cabochon above, setting it as a ring is probably the closest one can get to wearing a bead of glassy water on one’s finger. Cabochon pairs are also sometimes set into earrings but to find a matching set of cabochons is not an easy task. Usually, pairs of cabochons are fashioned from a single piece of raw material. Like other gemstones, matching jadeite cabochons fetch a premium as a result.

At All About Jade, we have a selection of various jadeite cabochons either set into jewellery or as loose gemstones for a customized setting. As always, all our jadeite pieces are natural and unheated. To browse our selection of available jadeite cabochons, this is the direct link to our collection. If you have any queries or any special requests, feel free to drop us a message via our contact form.

16 Feb '17

Imperial Green Jadeite?


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








24 109 44




28 137 56




110 159 120


Image 2 – Jadeite Beads Necklace








44 125 70




40 88 57




158 193 173


Image 3 – Jadeite Bangle








8 114 58




31 149 82




63 134 96



Are these the colours representative of the elusive imperial green?










07 Dec '16

Jade Si Dian Jin 四点金


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.

10 Jul '16

Classification of Jadeite


Jadeite jewellery ranges vastly in terms of price. Quality of jadeite determines the prices of jadeite. There are many factors that affect the quality of jadeite but the easiest method of judging a jadeite’s price is its colour. Natural jadeite comes in a myriad of colours, from green to blue to even red. However, the most prized colour for jadeite would be a very specific shade of emerald green colour. Jadeite of such colour is generally known as imperial jade. This, essentially gives rise to the enhancement of natural jade to achieve such desirable colours.

Enhancements to jadeite come in various forms, all of which damages the integrity of the jadeite and affects the lustre and texture of the jadeite. Furthermore, with regards to its value, an enhanced jadeite would pale in comparison to a natural jadeite of similar colour (Lustre and texture will definitely lose out as well).

As such, a classification of jadeite was introduced to differentiate different methods of enhancements made to jadeite and to allow consumers to safely purchase jadeite with a clear understanding of the state of the jadeite being purchased.

Usage (Countries)

Classification of jadeite is being practised in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

Classification System



Type A

Natural jadeite without treatment except for surface waxing.

Type B

Chemically bleached & polymer impregnated jadeite.

Type C

Dyed jadeite.

Type B + C

Polymer impregnated and dyed jadeite.

Singapore Context

There are many places in Singapore to purchase jadeite. However, a simple search online would display numerous instances where customers are misled into purchasing jadeite that are not of Type A quality, but at Type A jadeite prices.

The easiest way of determining whether the jadeite being purchased is natural or enhanced, would be to bring it to a gemmologist to obtain a laboratory report. Tests will be run on the jadeite which will reveal any enhancements that may have been made to the jadeite. If you are in Singapore, a place that offers such laboratory testing services is Nan Yang Gemological Institute. It offers laboratory testing of gemstones, including testing of jadeite pieces. A report of the jadeite, being tested, will be produced and provided after the completion of the tests. (Note: All About Jade is not affiliated with Nan Yang Gemological Institute.)

Approach to Buying Jadeite

Jadeite jewellery is available at a large range of price points. Natural, unenhanced, jadeite commands a higher price than enhanced jadeite. This is similar to all sorts of gemstones and semi-precious stones. Buying either natural or enhanced jadeite is a personal choice.

With regards to natural Type A jadeite, the fool-proof way of purchasing would be to obtain a laboratory report for any single purchase. A laboratory report for any single piece of jadeite would cost anywhere from 70 – 100 SGD depending on the gemmologist. Considering the price range of Type A jadeite can range from 30 SGD to hundreds of thousands of dollars, the amount for a laboratory test might be a very significant percentage of the jadeite price. Paying 100 SGD for a laboratory test on a 50 SGD jadeite jewellery would be unthinkable. But putting down 100 SGD for a jadeite costing 1000 SGD would then be a very sensible approach.

Thus, the approach to buying jade would be simply down to personal preference. Firstly, it is a choice between either natural or enhanced jadeite. If the choice is to purchase natural jadeite, then, the next decision would be to find out if the jadeite is indeed a Type A jadeite. In doing so, the percentage cost of a laboratory test for a jadeite piece would have to be decided. For example, if 10% is the threshold, then any jadeite above 1000 SGD should qualify for an additional purchase cost of 100 SGD for a laboratory test. Following the same example, purchasing any jadeite below 1000 SGD would not justify the value of a laboratory test. In such scenarios, the best one can do is to perform physical checks of the jadeite to ensure its Type A classification or simply to purchase jadeite only from trusted sources.

 Approach To Buying Jadeite

All About Jade

At All About Jade, only Type A jadeite is being sold. Laboratory testing certifications can be provided for products that are above 3000 SGD, at no cost. For products below 3000 SGD, laboratory testing can always be arranged, but this will be at the cost of the customer and will be charged at the time of purchase (For such arrangements, just drop us a message via our contact form or email).

All About Jade seeks to provide customers a safe and reliable means to shopping and purchasing Type A jadeite. In the event that any jadeite jewellery purchased online in All About Jade is tested to be anything else but Type A jadeite, a full refund of the product will be provided.