Although Jadeite is among the hardest of gemstones, you still need to tend to your jadeite piece with care.
Can jadeite go in water? Yes, it can.
But make sure there is no chlorine in the water (so take off any jadeite jewelry before taking a dip in the pool) and also avoid exposing it to very hot water to avoid any breaking down of the gemstone.
If your jadeite piece needs a bit of cleaning, some warm water with a very gentle soap will do the trick. Limit the exposure to water/the cleaning; finish as quickly as you can and then gently and thoroughly dry the piece.
Despite the advice of internet gurus, it is not recommended that you soak crystals, minerals, or other important stones in water extended periods of time, especially if the material has been polished, as the water can damage the appearance and integrity of even the hardest stones.
Continue reading for further interesting and important jadeite facts …
Jadeite. What Is It?
The name “Jade” is the designated title of two various hard, densely formed – and quite sought after – gemstones.
The more popular and valuable type of Jade is called Jadeite.
The other type of Jade, still popular but a bit less valuable, is called Nephrite.
Jadeite rates from 6.0 – 6.8 on the Moh’s Hardness scale.
The gemstone features a beautiful and eye-catching polish, which is why it has been used to create sculptures, jewelry pieces, and ornamentations of every type for thousands of years.
Jadeite’s microscopic crystals are very firmly intermeshed together.
That is why the gem is so hard, sturdy, and compactly formed.
A silicate combination of sodium and aluminum, Jadeite is classified as a “pyroxene”.
Jadeite was called “Fet-Sui” (meaning “kingfisher”) when it was initially introduced to China and Chinese royalty due to the stone’s amazing palette of colors.
Over the years, Jadeite has become more rare and expensive than Nephrite in value and in demand.
The Rainbow of Jadeite Colors
Jadeite colors are varied and glorious.
The most prized Jadeite color is green; and the deeper, more emerald-like the green color, the more valuable the gemstone piece is.
However, the entire range of green Jadeite colors, from the lightest green to the darkest green, all have a more superior value.
Jadeite also appears in lovely ranges of lavenders and purples, reds, and browns (from a light creamy coffee color to a darker, more dramatic brown).
Jadeite also forms in white, or colorless, versions of the gemstone.
Spectrums of yellow and of gray are also Jadeite colorings.
It is the amount of chromium, iron, and manganese in each piece that determines the ultimate coloring.
Jadeite features a glassy luster and has a wide variety of translucencies.
What Can Happen To My Jadeite Piece If Immersed in Water?
Although Jadeite can indeed be immersed in water, or cleaned with water, it should be done for a short period of time.
It is true that Jadeite can be washed (when necessary only) with warm water, and that it can be immersed in water (for example, while showering), but do be sure not to have your gemstone piece in water for a long period of time.
Most important of all, the water you expose your Jadeite to should be totally free of any chlorine or similar chemicals.
The Jadeite stone is hard and sturdy, but it is still sensitive to chemicals.
Because we don’t want water on the Jadeite piece for too long, if you do wash it or shower with it or get it wet, dry it off with a very soft cloth as soon as possible so no damage is caused to the gemstone piece.
- “Jade” actually refers to two different types of gemstones — nephrite and jadeite
- Though different in chemical makeup and in value, nephrite and jadeite are both hard and color variety-spectrum gemstones that have been held dear by many different peoples and civilizations for thousands of years
- Because it is such a hard and compact gemstone, Jadeite is difficult to carve. Special artists carve Jadeite into statues and other decorative items using diamond-tipped carving tools
- Jadeite continues to be a favored collectible among gemstone collectors
- One of the oldest known gemstones, Jadeite has been used for thousands of years for healing purposes, for bartering purposes, as well as for ritual purposes
- Transparency is key when it comes to quality Jadeite. Semitransparent Jadeite is the most valued; it has a glow to it when semitransparent, thus increasing the lushness of its color
- Jadeite that has a cloudy appearance or cloudlike patches, or that are entirely opaque, is the least valued when it comes to this gemstone
The History of Jadeite
Dating back to the Stone Age, Jade has been mined in China.
Prehistoric archaeological dig sites reveal Jade and Jadeite pieces such as buttons and beads.
Later, the gemstone was used to create breathtaking statues and decorative items, especially for Imperial families.
Around 3,000 BC, the gemstone began to be called “yu” which means “royal gem”.
For many thousands of years, ancient (and modern) people have believed that both Jadeite holds special healing powers, especially the relief and healing of back pain or of disease having to do with the kidneys.
In ancient Central America, people would hold Jadeite near their bodies – especially near the sides of their bodies – to alleviate pain or discomfort from kidney issues or with back pain. In Spanish, “Piedra de ijada” means “stone of the side” – that is where the modern word “Jadeite” comes from.
We are happy to give you the answer to your question, “can Jadeite go in water”, along with some background and history of the gemstone. Cheers!