Lavender jade is very precious and rare. Genuine natural color lavender is so rare and expensive you can expect to pay at least $10,000 for grade A lavender jadeite that has a "good lavender" color. You can purchase natural genuine jadeite lavender that is pale color, or a few lavender veins mixed with other color, or soft lavender hues (usually with charcoal color) for less. There are some available on the JBB web site. Do a search for "lavender" and the ones in the "China's Favorite" or "Jade Market" collections are natural color.
|Lavender hues grade A jadeite bangle #633|
If you research jade online, you probably learned there's a lot of "drama" about jade, and what's "real" and lots of opinions. Unfortunately, most of the information online is incorrect. And confusing. For example, jadeite that is color treated is still "real" jade. Gemology testing will indicate it's genuine jadeite. While most Chinese jade is natural color, the Chinese often used dyes for centuries to add auspicious color to some of the jade. Color is related to the qi meridians of the body, and when your eye sees the color, it connects with that meridian. Even if it's not a "natural" color. Most gems are color treated by heat or dyes, and customers don't mind that, but have a drama meltdown about colored jade and jadeite.
Depending how it's color treated can make a difference. For example, the "chicken blood red" jade used to be Chinese jade with red veins, natural color. You can still find this combination in the "river jade", but if you want true red color, it's often dyed with vegetable dyes. And sometimes color is added to jadeite to make it more "yang" and pretty. But if the jade is acid washed to remove color, then color added, that can be a problem because the color will eventually eat through the stone with the acid. And the acid makes the jade more fragile.
I test each piece of jade before it gets photographed to make sure it's "real". All the photos are taken outdoors in natural daylight. If a photo looks different from the "real thing", I suspect it's not natural color, and put it in the "Chinatown" Collection. Although I have customs papers stating it's genuine grade A natural color, I have my doubts, so it goes in the Chinatown Clearance collection. It's "real" jade, but can't promise it's natural color. All of the jade is sold to me as grade A, and I have papers for bulk testing that it is A. But I don't have a means to test for color.
The photo on this page is definitely grade A. Each of the jade bangle bracelets in the "China's Favorite" collection is individually tested, and I paid extra for individual certificates.
I have breakfast every couple weeks with a girlfriend who is also an energy worker, we both do Reiki. She is also a very Daoist (harmony with nature), natural person. She loves natural gemstones. We both love natural opals, crystals and other gemstones. I was showing her the old front page photo for JBB, and one of the bangles was lavender jade. It was a bright lavender and I told her it was probably not natural color. She kept thinking about it, it really appealed to her, and I brought it to her house for her to try on. It went on her wrist perfectly, and looked "just right" on her. She glowed with the good energy from it. She told me it doesn't interfere with her Reiki, and gives her a feeling of calmness, deep awareness, peaceful spirit, and wisdom. She thinks color being natural doesn't matter, because the cotton clothes she wears are dyed to the colors that suit her best, and make her feel good, happy and well.
And I also wear C grade jade bangle bracelets on occasion. They are "just right" sometimes. And they are real.