A lovely Chinese apple-green jadeite cylindrical hair ornament. Carved with a dragon and foliage motif? Circa 19th or 20th century.
The most prized color of jadeite is a specific shade of green: "imperial jade" is the moniker given to the rare kind of jadeite that is semi-translucent and gives off a vibrant emerald green color.
Condition: Fine. Would have originally had a small gold ring for suspension.
Dimensions: 6.6cm x 1.5cm.
Provenance: Ex. private collection, Hampshire, UK.
Jadeite's rarity is not the only factor behind its high price point: this mineral also occurs in rich and varied hues of different levels of clarity. Unlike nephrite, which typically only grows within a short spectrum of different shades of darker green, white, and sometimes black, jadeite can be found in pure emerald greens, lavender, red, orange, yellow, blue, brown, white, black, and gray. Of course, the most prized color of jadeite is a specific shade of green: "imperial jade" is the moniker given to the rare kind of jadeite that is semi-translucent and gives off a vibrant emerald green color. Other valuable types of green jadeite include "apple green jade", "kingfisher jade", and "moss-in-snow jade". Because of its chemical makeup, jadeite can also take higher gloss polish, which can bring out the transparency of the stone, making it more valuable.
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