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Jadeite Jade

Jadeite is white or green and rarely purple; sometimes all three colors are seen within a single piece. Translucent, emerald-green jadeite, colored by chromium, is called imperial jade and is the most precious of all jade. Jade is valued for its color and also its toughness, or resistance to breaking. The latter property has made jade useful historically for making weapons and tools, as well as for delicate carvings. This small (13.7 carat) carved piece of imperial jade from Burma shows excellent color and translucency.

Image Number: 95-40456
Catalog Number: G2179
Weight: 13.7 carats
Chamberlain Fund , 1940

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