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Craftsmanship of Jadeite Jade Cut: Simple Crafting Or Masterpiece?

Craftsmanship of Jadeite Jade Cut: Simple Crafting Or Masterpiece?

Craftsmanship is a key indicator of identifying the quality of the jade. The higher the craftsmanship, the higher the quality of jade. Artisans perfect their craft with only high-quality jade. Using poor-quality jade is not possible due to its low intrinsic value. Therefore, the more detailed and intricate craftsmanship, the more value it possesses. There are various different shapes and symbols which can be cut out of gold; each one bearing a motif (wealth, luck, protection, etc).

Jade craftsmen have to really be concentrated when crafting jade. This process is usually done in China where most of the highest quality craftsmanship and jewelry come from. There are also many tools and planning that go into shaping the jade and cutting it to the perfect size. Even when different pieces of jade are crafted into the same symbol, the craftsman’s skills are taken into account when pricing the piece.

The image shows different levels of craftsmanship that really makes the difference in pricing of the jade piece.

Finding the perfect piece of jade might be a hassle but knowing the variety of factors that can definitely help finding that piece of jade that is worth its value. Keeping in mind the factors of  texture, transparency, clarity, color and craftsmanship.  Some of these qualities overlap with each other which makes determining the value easier. Jadeite with smaller particle sizes (finer texture) also has higher transparency. These jadeite will often be used by artisans to create jewelry much higher in value as its high intrinsic value makes working on them worth the time.

The image shows the higher the number following Q, the higher the quality of the jade at Dahlia.

At Dahlia, we take all of these qualities into account and assign out jade jewelry a Q number. The higher the Q number, the higher the jade quality overall. The chart on the right gives an example of the different pendants and their corresponding worth. 

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