What Color is Jade?

Jade is often associated with the color green, as it is the most common shade of the gemstone. But unlike red rubies and blue sapphires, jade exhibits six different colors naturally (green, red, yellow, lavender, black and white). However, no matter what color the hue may be, the stone is considered most valuable as long as the shade is vibrant, rather than light or dark. The variance of color in the stone makes it an ideal element for quality jewelry, especially when it comes to the design of the piece. For instance, the stone’s colors beautifully complement the tones of fall, such as red, tan, orange and gray. When styling an outfit this season, consider accenting it with fine jade jewelry, such as rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings.

One aspect to watch out for when shopping for colorful jade jewelry is the authenticity of the color; some retailers will sell colorful jade items that have been enhanced, making them seem more valuable than they really are. Before purchasing a colorful jade piece, always makes sure that its color is completely natural. Also keep in mind that, sometimes, a jade stone can have a mixture of colors rather than just one shade, and that these combinations of color are indeed rare and very desirable.

Let’s take a look at the colors of jade. You can use this as a guide when searching for colorful jade items.

Green – Most expensive and traditional, green jade varies in different hues. However, it is said that the finest green hue of jade is close to that of an emerald. Green jade can appear with a yellowish tint or vibrant, like a Granny Smith apple.

Red – Sometimes red colored jade is heated to increase its hue, but this process reduces the value and impairs its translucence. The best red color is a pure reddish brown, although the stone ranges from a yellow tint to an orange hue.

Lavender – Purple jade stones showcase a sugary texture, while the shade can appear very dark. Lavender jade can appear anywhere from pale to a deep plum.

Yellow – The most affordable jade stone is yellow, and most jade stones of this shade in today’s market are authentic.

Black – Black jade is also known as nephrite. The finest black jade has a glassy surface, although flecks in the texture are common and are usually accepted.

White – Also known as “pure jade” white jade stones take on a translucent gray-white or chalky, opaque white. Because of the shade, the stone needs to be polished really well for topnotch appearance.

The color of jade plays a large role in the appearance and value of the stone. It is beneficial to be aware of all the colors of jade and what makes the shades authentic. What jade color stone will you wear this fall?