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Transparency of Jadeite Jade: The Importance of Jade Brilliance

Transparency of Jadeite Jade: The Importance of Jade Brilliance

Transparency of jade refers to how easily light can pass through an object. As light passes through the jade, the color within is reflected, giving the jade its brilliance. The more transparent the jade, the more valuable it will be. With transparent jade, you can look through the gemstone and observe its depth and vibrant colors. On the other hand, the more opaque the jade is, the harder it is for light to get through which makes it shine less; therefore decreasing its value. Patches and veins of opaque spots within the jade make it less desirable to consumers. As a result, a more clear and vibrant Jade is more appealing to the customer's eye.

Transparency and texture work together with each other as both of these qualities depend on the arrangement of the particle structure within the jadeite. The more uniform and even the particle size, the smoother the texture it will create and the more transparent the jewelry will be. 

The transparency of jadeite ranges from completely opaque to transparent. The best jadeite is semi-transparent, which means that text read through it will be slightly blurred.

How do Jewelers Test for Transparency?

To test the transparency, jadeite buyers would place a thin slice of jadeite onto the printed paper and would read the print through the jade. If the print is legible, that means the jade has high transparency, even if the jade has a vibrant saturated color. Great transparency can compensate for the other properties that the jade lacks, such as color. 

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Read on to the next post to learn more about other jade qualities.

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