January 24, 2018

Jadeite is formed under extreme conditions of high pressures and low temperatures deep within the earth’s mantle during oceanic plate subduction. 

In this environment the presence of minor and trace elements are extremely common and are the reason for the coloration of...

December 6, 2017

What Is Translucent Black Jadeite?

This is an extremely rare and expensive type of jadeite known in the Hong Kong and Chinese markets as “Inky Jade” or “Mexican Green”.

Rough Imperial Translucent Black Omphacite Jadeite Jade

This stone is special for many reasons most i...

September 18, 2017

Imperial translucent black omphacite-jadeite jade material consists of mostly omphacite crystals mixed with smaller ratios of jadeite crystals and minor trace elements such as calcium, chromium and iron added to the crystal lattice.

Rarely does this solution have the c...

June 13, 2017

Rough Imperial Translucent Black Omphacite Jadeite Jade (Grade A) 

This very special mineral is one of the rarest and most sought after gemstones in the world today. 

Consisting of tight, interlocking crystal grains, this type of jadeite is extremely dark green in color,...

May 18, 2017

Translucent Black Serpentine (Bowenite) The Great Imitator One of the most common and scandalous techniques to fool customers when it comes to buying translucent black jadeite (Omphacite-Jadeite) involves the use of translucent black serpentine (Bowenite) as an imitati...

April 24, 2017

Obviously we are too far-gone to return to the bartering system; however, we can learn from the meandering of markets and the fact that alongside the inflation and deflation of our currency, gemstones have steadily increased in value over time.  With far greater histor...

April 24, 2017

Hundreds and hundreds of years ago, the treatment of gemstones has existed. Currently, many of the treatments are still being used. Treatments of the gemstones bring some Broadway changes in the gemstone itself or in clarity.

Heat Treatment:

  • Ruby Gemstone is heated a...

April 4, 2017

“A drop of the heart’s blood of Mother Earth” is how the ruby is described in the Orient. The Indians call the ruby Ratnanayaka, the lord of the gemstones. The Hindus called the ruby the king of precious stones and the leader of gems. They used to divide rubies into ca...

March 31, 2017

Imperial Translucent Black Omphacite Jadeite Jade Carving of a Buddha Face Pendant

Known to the Chinese people as ‘Mexican Green’, this translucent black omphacite jadeite occurs in only 1 small region on the whole planet. The Kachin State located in a remote area of no...

March 9, 2017

99% of Rubies today are heated/treated in order to make them clear enough and red enough to sell in the gemstone market. Less than 1% of rubies are unheated/untreated making them very rare and valuable. This rare stone is virtually eye clean with only a few translucen...

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