Legend - Jade refers to two distinct types of stone - Jadeite and Nephrite. Burma Jade is Jadeite which is the rarer and more valuable of the two. In 1863, French mineralogist Alexis Damour analyzed bright green jades from Burma. When he found these samples to be different from what was called Chinese jade (usually amphibole jade, or nephrite), he named the mineral jadeite. The most important source of gem quality jadeite is Upper Burma, near the small town of Hpakan. Today, virtually all top-quality jadeite is produced from these mines
Properties - Jade is considered a symbol of purity and serenity. A protective stone bringing harmony, good luck and friendship.
Description - These are Burma Jade beads and are untreated and show colours ranging from white to pale creamy green with areas of darker green. The small sizes also include stones of yellow and brown. Sold as temporary strung 40cm (approx) strands.
AS OF SEPTEMBER 27TH 2008, JADE OF BURMESE ORIGIN CAN NO LONGER BE IMPORTED INTO THE UNITED STATES. WE WILL NOT SHIP THESE BEADS TO ANY BUYERS LOCATED IN THE UNITED STATES