Nephrite is a translucent and highly durable kind of Jade gemstone that is deemed pretty rare and precious. It is known for its captivating color and gleaming luster. Nephrite gemstone is found in a broad spectrum of colors, yet green Nephrites are the most popular. They are majorly used for healing and jewelry making, but Chinese and Mayans have an exceptional passion for this gemstone.
Nephrite healing benefits don’t end at kidney treatment. It was historically used for various different healing therapies by various different cultures, from the Chinese, the Mayans, and Latin Americans.
Nephrite Jade helps in the balancing of acids in the body, and the detoxification and cleansing of the blood.
It helps in eye and skin infections and boosts immunity.
Nephrite Jade helps in kidney and liver problems.
Nephrite Jade can also help menstruating women deal with menstrual cramps and PMS.
Nephrite Jade price ranges from …. to …. per carat. Nephrite price is determined by the collective assessment of factors such as the gemstone’s Origin, Color, Clarity, Cut, and Carat Weight.
Origin: New Zealand is the biggest and the most major supplier of good quality Nephrite Jade and thus holds a high price. Other notable sources include Australia, Russia, etc.
Color: Nephrite stone price is generally higher for gemstones exhibiting superior color. Nephrite Jade with deep and solid green color is considered to be the most valuable. Other colors that occur in Jade Nephrite are white to gray, yellowish to brownish, near-black, and a plethora of different green colors.
Clarity: The clarity of the stone affects the Nephrite Jade price significantly. Translucent Jade Nephrite with a glassy to creamy luster is considered the most valuable.
Cut: Since Nephrite is an opaque stone, it is usually cut into cabochon shapes. Cutting raw Nephrite Jade enhances its color and improves clarity by concealing visible inclusions. However, cutting raw Nephrite leads to stone wastage of rough Nephrite, and this further increases prices. Thus cabochon cuts are considered the most economical as it leads to less Nephrite Jade rough wastage.
Carat Weight: The weight and size of Jade Nephrite can affect its price significantly. Larger stones sell for a higher price per carat. Polishing Nephrite Jade as well as cutting it leads to a decrease in size that crucially affects the price.
Nephrite’s quality is determined by the cumulative assessment and study of factors such as the Nephrite gemstone Color, Clarity, and Cut. Nephrite Jade stone exhibiting superior color, with zero to minimum visible inclusions and surface flaws, that is cut skillfully, is considered to be of fine quality. Based on these quality assessments, Jade Nephrite stone is categorized into three quality gradings, namely, AAA, AA, and A, with AAA being of the finest quality and A being the inferior of the three.
AAA Grade Jade Nephrite: An eye-clean Natural Nephrite Jade with good color and cut skillfully is considered to be of AAA grade.
AA Grade Jade Nephrite: AA Grade Nephrite stones have medium color, clarity, and cut.
A Grade Jade Nephrite: A grade Nephrite stones have poor color, are noticeably highly included, and are cut irregularly.
In the present time, green Nephrite is deemed to be the most valuable natural Nephrite. However, translucent, white natural Nephrite Jade was regarded as the most precious up until the discovery of exceptional Burmese 'Imperial' Jade Jadeite Nephrite in the 18th century.
Nephrite is the most common form of Jade. Nephrite is somewhat softer (6 to 6.5 Mohs scale) than Jadeite (6.5 to 7 Mohs Scale). They have very different chemical configurations as well. Nephrite is a Calcium Magnesium Iron Silicate whereas Jadeite is a Sodium Aluminum Silicate.